Even though I don’t care much for fall and winter, the sunflowers in the garden certainly do a lot to brighten my day during this time of the year. Initially, it’s hard to get over their size. Sunflowers are huge. Maybe they are too huge to even really hold themselves up, but, as I have said before, I love the optimism that they seem to symbolize. I suppose in the wild economic world in which we live, their bold yet simple existence is just what I need.
Anyhow, enough of that philosophical stuff…I also am fascinated by the pattern of the seeds in their head and the apparently sweet nectar that draws so many bees and other bugs. It seems like every time that I look at the sunflowers, they have a new bug climbing on them. In addition to bouying my mood, they sustain insects in a typically difficult part of the year when most nectar sources dry up.