Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sunflowers

We all think about something a little different when someone mentions sunflowers.  Many of us think about summer days eating a handful of sunflower seeds while others may think of the huge flower heads growing in a neighbors yard.  They grow like weeds around here, possibly due to the abundance of people wanting to grow them for one reason or another.  When we went to harvest some in the wild a couple months back we found they were extremely sticky, not an image most of us would bring to mind but not it's what comes to mind first followed closely by eating a handful of seeds in the summer.

While sunflower season is nearly over here there are still occasional flower heads that you can see along the highway or in a field near the tree line.  I'm sure there were plenty of them this year that next year come summer we'll see even more of those bright flowers popping up all over the place and just in time to feed hungry little birds emerging from their nests.

If you are thinking about growing some of your own you can even choose a variety that is something besides yellow.  I know that it's the usual color we see but there are so many other varieties out there these days you might find one you just like the look of better.  As far as I can tell the seeds taste the same.

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