Last year, our affection for these summer beauties reached its height just as the sunflowers reached theirs. The conditions were perfect for sunflower abundance. We celebrated sunflowers for weeks, watching them grow towards the sun, sketching them and thinking of them as we were filling up tummies with our beloved SunButter® made from sunflower seeds.
This year we planted seeds all around. Under the windows, in the beds, in the garden. Alas, either a sneaky squirrel was watching us or the rains didn’t reach the seeds at the right time. This year, we’ve only had the sunflowers right around our bird feeder. But that hasn’t quashed our enthusiasm.
We followed the instructions in the July Outdoor Hour Challenge newsletter for how to ‘fill in with color.’ What fun we had with that!
So, even though we thought we’d really studied sunflowers last year, all the new ideas on the handy sunflower grid (available in the July Nature Newsletter – link below) helped us see new parts of our sunflowers. Helped us to appreciate these beauties even more!
“The sunflower is not a single flower but is a large number of flowers living together; and each little flower, or floret, as it is called, has its own work to do.” ~Handbook of Nature Study
Resources for sunflower study:
- Handbook of Nature Study
- July Nature Newsletter by Handbook of Nature Study
- Sunflower Pastel Tutorial
- Simple Sunflowers (drawn from our study last year)
- SunButter® sunflower coloring pages
Next up…the bee count! (See one on our sunflower in the photo above?) This Saturday, July 16th is when the Great Sunflower Project requests we count bees. All the details here. Then, in our near future, more sunflower study as the flowers go to seed (which means more bird watching too!). Still more to learn!