More Sunflowers

So I took all these pictures of sunflowers and I just have to share them with you.

Hope you aren’t tired of seeing yet another post about them, but tis the season of the sunflower here and they scream out to be photographed.

They reach out and grab the truck as I drive down the road.

Did you know that each flower is not really one flower at all, but hundreds of flowers called a composite head? The outer flowers are the petals, and the inner flowers, once fertilized, will become hundreds of seeds.

The sunflower was first domesticated in Mexico in about 2600BC.

Sunflower oil, which comes from the seeds, is used for cooking oil, and for producing margarine and bio-diesel.

After the oil has been taken from the seeds, the remaining seed “cake” is used for livestock feed.

But of special importance to us here in Kansas, it is our state flower.

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——>  Up Next: How to make Homemade Plum Jelly, and then can it so it will keep for years to come. Yum!

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Suzanne

Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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10 Responses

  1. Farmer Gal says:

    Thanks for all those details. But to be truthful, I just love them ’cause they’re so pretty! Thanks for sharing all the lovely pics!

  2. Candace says:

    No, not tired of the beautiful sunflowers and I love the information too. I thought the pictures of the ear of corn yesterday was beautiful also. I really enjoy your pictures but most of all I love the “slice of farm life on the Kansas prairie” that you show us. It is a delight.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Candace

  3. Shailaja says:

    No, I’m not tired of seeing those gorgeous sunflower pictures. I’m satiated!

  4. Teresa says:

    That is certainly a great subject! How lucky to have all those beautiful flowers screaming to be photographed.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Teresa,
      Hope people around here continue to grow sunflowers, but there seem to be fewer fields every year. 🙁

  5. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for all these cheerful bloom of sunflowers 😀 Love to see them in nice pictures like these. So wonderful!

  6. i can never get tired of sunflowers. It’s almost like they are a bunch of little faces with pretty yellow hair blowing in the breeze. Does that sound too weird? These pictures are so beautiful and it makes me want to grow many sunflowers next year!

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