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Sunflower Power (The First Bloom)

Sun… sun… sun… flower!  What’s with this plant that always brings smile to someone’s face whenever he or she sees it up close? Is it its bright color? Or is its petals? It seems exciting to grow one but I have contemplated because my garden is a bit shady. We all know it’s a ‘full sun’ kind of a plant, right?

Sunflowers also known as Helianthus, are heliotropics, they track the sunlight as much as they could therefore aid for their growth and maturity. From what I’ve experienced, if you place them in a shady spot, they became leggy and malnourished. Six to eight hours of full sun is a must for better growth and bloom. From the name itself, it’s no wonder they love the sun!

One lovely day, my cousin asked me if I would like some sunflower seedlings. My green fingers could not resist them even though I was reluctant at first and had no idea about their growing conditions. But since I love growing plants especially if they have to be sowed, I decided to give them a go. It was an opportunity to learn something new, too. Last July, I transferred some seedlings on the ground in an area that has a lot of sun exposure which happened to be outside of my garden.

For the past months, they’re growing nicely. It’s a bit tricky taking care of them because pests came out of nowhere attacking the leaves therefore leaving bite marks on the foliage. Although from what I read they’re insect-free, yet I still found some green worms and powdery mildew on its leaves. I tried to remove them as much as possible. Remarkably, they are taught and resilient. They kept on growing even sometimes there’s drought due to intense heat. I made sure they’re hydrated. Furthermore, I feed them with organic fertilizers occasionally.

My hard work finally paid off when I saw the first ever bloom. It’s indescribable! I’m amazed because I usually see it growing on YouTube and now I have it in my extended garden enjoying the sun. The other plants have started forming its flower buds too. I really can’t wait to see all of the blooms!

But what makes them so appealing to gardeners and plant lovers? For sure, when you look closely to the flower, you would be enthused by its beauty. Its florets are like thousands of happy and positive vibes waiting to lift up your mood especially during a tiring day. Everyone needs a dose of sunshine, right? So if you gaze upon the flower even though there’s no actual sunshine just gloomy weather, the sunflower would make you feel better. Make sure you do not stare on it for too long or you would end up cross-eyed! Kidding!

There’s something magical with this plant that even tiny bees and other beneficial insects go gaga with the flowers. The nectars are surely addictive for them. For the Native Americans, sunflower symbolizes courage. For me though, it’s like a goddess of positivity because it brings smile and excitement. Its convivial look is enticing. I always feel chuffed whenever I glimpse of it in my window. It’s breeze of sunshine in my view even if it’s already getting dark outside. Its leaves are like hands waving at me as the winds blow them…

I confess the sunflower plant is now one of my top fave plants. My next summer would not be complete without this mesmerizing gift of nature. For the meantime, I keep on enjoying and observing their growth habits while they last. They are annual plants so they would not come back next year. They eventually die. But hopefully, I would be able to collect its seeds when they are mature enough so I could sow them. I learned that their seeds contain antioxidants and beneficial to our health. They even use for salads and snacks, as well as for making sunflower oil.

Here’s a quote to live by…

'True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.'     

                                                                                                                  Marie Williams Johnstone

 

How about you? Have you experienced growing sunflower plants? What’s your confession?

For more information about growing and caring of sunflower plant, check out this link below.

https://gilmour.com/growing-sunflowers

Wishing you tons of sunflower power! Thank you for reading my blog!

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Comment by Robbie on November 5, 2018 at 16:59

Hello, NotAClue!

It's lovely to hear your story growing up with sunflowers in your garden and how they played a big part in your daily nutrition. I haven't tasted the seeds yet. But I'm really excited to harvest some in my garden. The flowers aren't matured enough, though. I think I have to wait for one month to check the seeds if they are ready for consumption. 

I agree with you. Some sunflower plants are already taller than me and I'm happy they keep producing new flower buds! 

Thank you very much for commenting here! Have a pleasant week!

Robbie

16zd2f8zqdipw Comment by 16zd2f8zqdipw on November 5, 2018 at 11:41

Great and ambitious blog, Robbie!

Sunflower seeds are a big part of my daily nutrition. I put them in my bread, salad, toppings, etc... or use the sunflower oil for almost any purpose. And, of course, I love the flower!! As a kid I had always sunflowers in my little part of the garden... They can get gigantic! :-D Thanks for reminding me of these sweet memories. :-) 

Have an awesome day!! 


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Comment by Robbie on November 3, 2018 at 17:05

Hello, Eva!

Nice to see you active again on MyEC! Wow! That's a gorgeous sunflower. I love how it compliments to a field of greenery. I think it's a different variety because its petals are more prolific. I appreciate your time sharing it here.

Thank you very much for the compliment! The objective of this blog is to use this 'thing of beauty' to spread positivity. I'm pleased it represented well as you mentioned how bright and enthusiastic this blog is. :)

Wishing you an enjoyable weekend!

Robbie


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Comment by Robbie on November 3, 2018 at 16:49

Hi, Olga!

Oh, poor giant sunflower, murdered by kids. It's fascinating to see kids eating the right stuff! I hope they would grow smarter and healthier. And how about that boy who looks busy with his costume!

Thank you for providing the photo!

Robbie


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Comment by Robbie on November 3, 2018 at 15:45

Howdy, Hardi!

I agree with you about the benefits of sunflower seeds to humans and animals. If we observe with nature, we could learn something from it such as the birds or squirrels know when the seeds are ready for food consumption. They would keep munching the seeds until nothing left. I think I should be vigilant about them so I could harvest some for myself he he.

Thank you for sharing your experience and your views about the sunflower. Have a marvelous weekend!

Robbie


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Comment by Robbie on November 1, 2018 at 18:43

Hey, Mishaikh!

Wow! That's a gorgeous sunflower and it looks like a mammoth variety! It's like it's saying look at me, 'I'm the king of the world'! 

Thank you very much for sharing your sunflower power photo!

Have a delightful weekend ahead!

Robbie


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Comment by Robbie on November 1, 2018 at 18:37

Hello, Onee!

I'm ecstatic to know that the sunflower photos brought smile on your face! I guess we should always try to have positivity on our club as much as we could. Oh, about plantz vs. zombies, are you used to be one of the fanatics of the game? How could we forget the elusive sunflower? I was once gone gaga over that game... hmm that's when I was a teenager then he he.

Please do try to grow a sunflower. It's all worth it if reaches the flowering stage. And for that, I wish you all the luck! 

Thank you very much for featuring this blog! It's always been one my goals posting worth-reading blog because sharing what we've learned is really a way of caring to our fellow MyEnglishclub addicts!

Have a fabulous weekend ahead!

Robbie


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Comment by Robbie on November 1, 2018 at 18:13

Hi, Bet!

I'm glad you learned new words from this blog. It's always my goal to incorporate new words in my blog as a way to improve vocabulary and use them in sentences so they would stick to my mind longer. Furthermore, readers could also benefit from this activity. 

On the other hand, I'm not sure what you really meant by 'using real pictures', though. The photos that I used on my blogs are my personal photos. I rarely use images from the Internet unless it's quite important and I acknowledge the source as much as possible to avoid plagiarism. 

By the way, I'm not so sure if we could eat the whole sunflower. Its seeds are what we should try to harvest on time to sow new plants or use for salad dressings. Thank you very much for commenting! I appreciate it!

Have a lovely weekend!

Robbie


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Comment by Robbie on November 1, 2018 at 17:34

Hello, Olga!

You're welcome! I'm pleased to learn you enjoyed eating sunflower seeds when you were a child! Nothing beats harvesting while enjoying the fruits of labor. I learned that sunflower is quite popular around the world because of what it provides for our health and wellness. 

Thank you very much for your comment! Have an enjoyable weekend ahead!

Robbie

Comment by Evangelina on November 1, 2018 at 13:57

Robbie,

What a bright and enthusiastic blog, yes there is something magical with this flower because it is a Sunflower and it brings along with it all the positive and nice feelings as one also gets from reading your blog post.

So very well done, I really loooved reading your thoughts here and lots of new words too. Thank you for sharing such an essential quote.

I would like to share a photo of a Sunflower as I took this summer :)

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