Sunflowers in September

The flower of the month for September is the splendid sunflower!

On our recent trip to Italy the fields of Tuscany were teeming with sunflowers…

Sunflowers in Tuscany

as the first flowers open the plants exhibit heliotropism – they track the movement of the sun turning from east to west during the day…

Sunflowers in Tuscany

as the plants mature, they lose this trait and tend to just face east…

Sunflowers in Tuscany

a single sunflower head will have between 1,500 and 2,000 sunflower seeds produced…

Sunflowers in Tuscany

I did ask Mr. Doctor to stop the car once or twice so that all of my sunflowers were not caught in a blur…

Sunflowers in Tuscany

they are simply amazing…

Sunflowers in Tuscany

the reason you sometimes see them with their heads bowed is simply nature’s self protection plan against hungry birds…

Sunflowers in Tuscany

quite a sight…

Sunflowers in Tuscany

September’s splendid sunflower…

Sunflowers in Tuscany

 

 

hoping your September is off to a splendid start…

puppies and sunflowers

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Comments

  1. GORGEOUS!!!

  2. I saw the joy of fields of sunflowers while driving in South Dakota this summer. Not a sight I’ve seen in Texas. Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.