It has been a cold and wet late summer September so far. In a few days fall starts and the trees are just tinged here and there with color. My sunflowers had not bloomed and I thought they might not — that the puckered blossoms would just stay curled up in tight balls. I didn’t plant them until the beginning of June because of the weather vagaries of this past spring. Some grew to an amazing height. Finally the tallest one opened, a bit bedraggled by rain. I had to stand under it and aim the camera into the sky to get a photo. Then, all of sudden they were all open. By sheer size sunflowers have to be one of the most spectacular flowers.

Russian Mammoth Sunflower 10' tall

Russian Mammoth Sunflower 10′ tall

Chianti Sunflower

Chianti Sunflower

Chianti usually have multiple blooms.

Chianti usually have multiple blooms.

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