Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wild sunflowers~Today's Flowers 080810

A friend and I stopped on the road to Warner Springs yesterday at an old stage coach stop and I saw these wild sunflowers. These grow all around the Coachella Valley and up in our local mountains. I have stopped a few times to pull off the seeds and planted them in my yard, but I've only had 1 plant actually grow. So, I guess I'll continue to admire them in their natural habitat! They are smaller than commercially grown sunflowers, like the mammoth, and have many flowers on a stem. There are some growing right now down by my school and I may investigate them further! Today's Flowers for August 8, 2010.


guild-rez said...

Very nice picture of sunflowers.

Here is some information I'd love to pass on:
International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day is 1 May. It is a day when guerrilla gardeners around the world plant sunflowers in their neighborhood, typically in neglected public places such as tree pits, shabby flower beds and bare roadside verges. It has taken place since 2007 and was conceived by guerrilla gardeners in Brussels, who go by the name of "The Brussels Farmers". They declared it Journée Internationale de la Guérilla Tournesol. It has been championed by guerrilla gardeners around the world, notably by and participation has grown each year since then. In 2010 more than 5000 people signed up to the event from North America, Europe and Asia. Although horticulturally sunflower sowing at this time of the year is limited to relatively temperate parts of the northern hemisphere, this day is also marked in other parts of the world by planting appropriate to the season.
I participated in the past:)
My patch along Lake of Ontario is right now visited by many birds.
Come join us!!
- Cheers.

Tes said...

Lovely sunflowers, very generous with their blooms. The sight of them always manage to make me smile :)

Luna Miranda said...

they're delightful!

RNSANE said...

It is so lovely to see these sunflowers growing wild. Recently, I followed a road near my home and chanced on the most incredbile Pacific view and a field of wild daisies ( it's now my blog header ). I just love the yellow lupine I saw growing when I drove down to Pescadero recently...though I know many folks consider it a weed, it is so beautiful when you see it blooming.

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Alea said...

They are beautiful! I much prefer the smaller, wild sunflowers to the huge sunflowers that are now produced.