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Sunflower Days

August 29, 2017

Sunflowers, babies and the end of summer

There’s a post about sunflowers on my blog so it must be the end of summer. πŸ˜‰ Ok, so you can tell I love sunflowers from this post and this post, but they never get old to me. I think I might start referring to the end of summer as β€œsunflower days.”

Sunflowers don’t grow naturally here in the South like they do in my home state of Kansas, but there’s one sunflower β€œfarm” outside of Chattanooga that attracts a lot of visitors every summer. We went a couple of weeks ago – their peak time is a little earlier here than in the Midwest – and took some pictures. It was Audrey’s first time to see sunflowers and her reactions were mixed. To be fair, she fell asleep in the car on the way there and woke up in an alien world of tall plants and buzzing bees. I’d be scared and a little grumpy, too! But she warmed up and then became curious about the flowers, as is her usual temperament.

It never ceases to amaze me how many people drive into the country with their whole families to walk through the sunflower fields. A lot of people were dressed up taking family photos. This year there was a shaved ice truck and a small farm stand. It’s becoming a popular attraction around here! I’m thinking about planting a mini sunflower patch beside our house and charging neighbors to take pictures there. πŸ˜‰

Ok, maybe not.

Anyway, I really enjoyed getting in the sunflowers again this year and introducing Audrey to them. We were a little concerned about the bees, mosquitoes and other bugs flying around because they were pretty thick. Dan was over it in about 5 minutes and took Audrey back to the car while I stuck around taking pictures and walking in between towering sunflower stalks. Sunflower season is kind of like Christmas. It only come once a year and I have to savor them because pretty soon they’re gone.

Until next year, sunflower days!

Joie de vivre and sunnies,

Heather

 

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