|Our Sunflower Garden July 17, 2011
Sunflowers are the theme of our garden this year….as anticipated. We planted our seeds on May 10th and they started blooming on July 16th. That is a long time to wait but so worth the time and effort! Now with the July Newsletter focus on sunflowers using the Nature Study Grid and notebooking page, we are slowing down to do some careful observations. This is also made easy by the fact that we are participating in the Great Sunflower Project and counting bees.
Here are the first of our blooms.
|Sunflower with lots of pollen!
This is actually not one of the seeds that we planted but it popped up under the birdfeeder. They are a perfect complement to our little backyard feeder garden.
From Renee’s Garden Seeds – Royal Flush. I love the watercolor like colors in this bloom.
Here is another one from Renee’s Garden – Chocolate Cherry. Amazing color in the garden!
I think this is the third seed from Renee’s Garden – Van Gogh.
We found this spider crawling on a big sunflower last week…..he sure blends in.
Here is another image from the volunteer sunflowers around the birdfeeder. If you look carefully, you can see that these are actually two different kinds of sunflowers.
Another bee favorite in our yard is the coneflower. They are rather tall this year and always full of buzzing bees. Coneflowers are on the list of bee attractive plants that you can use as part of the Great Sunflower Project this summer.
How about that bee? He is in our bee balm and loving it. I decided this is a plant that I need to add to more of my flower garden next year.
We have been busy learning some new things and making lots of detailed observations using all of our sunflowers. How about your family? Have you done your July Newsletter sunflower study? I look forward to seeing your entries in the Outdoor Hour Challenge Blog Carnival.