Late Summer Sunflowers

These were planted in late July instead of late June which had been the normal practice here.  Other than extending the blooming season, it probably made little difference.  There’s no maintenance involved.  You plant the seeds and Mother Nature does the rest.  These Van Goghs lasted right on into September.  A nice lead-in to fall!  Thanks for looking and have a good week.  See you next time.

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Photo Of the Week: Summer Tag Team

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Two yellow flutterbys swoon over a Van Gogh Sunflower. These big, tall blooms virtually light up the vegetable garden here on the farm. These smaller butterflies have the late afternoon swoon shift; the Tiger Swallowtails and the Monarchs do their thing around 10 in the morning.  This was taken in late afternoon light when it is a degree or so cooler but even at sunset, it is blistering hot here.  Hottest August any of us can remember. The Sunflowers could care less.  Have a great week and thanks for the visit. 

Photo Of The Day: The Van Gogh Sisters

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We’re in the midst of Sunflower Season right now.   We’ve grown just about every variety over the years but the Van Gogh Variety has given us the best yield.  I caught these two “sisters” in the field this morning.  Runner up is probably “Ring of Fire”, followed by “Pro Cut Orange”,  “Lemon Queen”, “Moulin Rouge” which is a deep red sunflower, “The Joker”, “Maya” and “Pro Cut Bicolor” which is yellow with a tinge of deep red.  All will attract birds, bees and butterflies.  Put them in full sun with medium water.  And get your camera out.  Have a great evening and thanks for the visit.

Photo Of The Day: Final Curtain

Posted to Flickr July 18, 2013Well, for this crop anyway.  More are on the way.   The blooms take on an interesting hue in the early morning light when they are in decline, kind of a richer golden yellow.  I always think of Van Gogh when I see these and, by the way, this variety is named for him.  I put this on my flickr site and got some nice comments.  Thought I’d see what you thought of it.   Shot with a Nikon D600 with a 24-120 f/4 lens and an 812 warming filter.  Have a great weekend.