The first picture was a picture I took last year when we were visiting the Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH. Not only are sunflowers beautiful to look at, but the seeds that they present when they are spent are gifts to the birds and squirrels as they prepare for winter.
Every year that I plant a garden, I always plant a bunch of colorful sunflower seeds. At the end of the summer I am rewarded with these beautiful happy faces.....hmmm....makes me think of one of my favorite REM songs....Shiny Happy People, but I digress...that happens as you get older I am told...
My favorite of all the sunflowers that I plant is the enormous Mammoth Sunflower, but unfortunately due to my late planting this year, they are only just starting to open their eyes. The dried sunflowers at the top of this post are Mammoth Sunflowers.
I love everything about this particular type of sunflower. The flowers are HUGE and the seeds are plentiful, giving the birds that I so enjoy all summer a little extra to munch on before their long journey south.
As the summer comes to a close, there are things that I enjoyed and things I wish I had more time to indulge in, but of course there is always next year to dream about, right? The upcoming season is my most favorite season of all......and this labor day weekend will be spent with some neighboring fiber friends on Saturday and a special visit from a blogger who has come home from overseas on Sunday.
Enjoy your labor day weekend!!!