Sunday, August 01, 2010

The Sunflowers of Restoration Farm

As the summer ripens, the landscape is always evolving at Restoration Farm. Sunflowers immediately catch the eye as you turn the corner from the wooded path out into the first open field.

Sunflowers were first cultivated in Mexico and Peru, perhaps as early as 2600 BC.




The yellow bursts of sunshine are a glorious start to the day. It’s like a little patch of Godlight kissing the Earth.

©2010 T.W. Barritt all Rights Reserved

12 comments:

~~louise~~ said...

Happy Friendship Day T.W!

I do believe sunflowers should be the harbingers of Friendship Day. I have a funny feeling you would agree. Sprightly faces sure do bring a smile:)

Thanks for sharing...

~amusette~* said...

What a beautiful field ... such happy faces! I love all the varieties, the one with the orange center seems even more sun-kissed. Have a great SUNday! :)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

There is nothing happier than a field of sunflowers. These photos remind me of visits to the south of France.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

You're a man after my own heart with those gorgeous sunflowers. Absolutely lovely T.W.
Sam

Kalyn said...

I love sunflowers! I had a row of perennials (Obedient plant) along my west face by the side of the house that I had never really liked, so last fall I ripped them all out and this year I planted sunflower seeds. A pretty good crop of sunflowers came up, but they're shaded for lots of the day so they're barely starting to bloom. Such a pretty and happy flower!

lostpastremembered said...

The flowers are marvelous. Do they sell the seed or just the beautiful flowers... they do kiss the sun, don't they??? You can see why van gogh was so besotted with them... lovely snaps, btw!!

Velva said...

I am packing my bags and moving to restoration farm. I am loving these posts about this farm. Fresh vegetables, berries,flowers, a change of seasons-ah, how wonderful.

Pam said...

Gorgeous, happy and a wonderful thing with the sunflowers!

tasteofbeirut said...

I am sensitive to the beauty of sunflowers as well; there is a little restaurant by our house, an outdoor place, rather stylish, that has used sunflowers as a decorating accent throughout their place. So cheerful.

Mary said...

What gorgeous photos T.W. They really speak to summer and there are few things prettier than a fieled of them in full flower. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Fresh Local and Best said...

I think sunflowers are the most uplifting of all flowers. I love seeing them in bunches at the market. I hope one day to be able to see them in a massive field.

Sunflowers in particular remind me of my grandpa who used to grow several rows of them on his ranch. At the end of the season, the heads would get so heavy, the flowers would droop.

Chef Dennis said...

I love sunflowers!!! when we were in France seeing fields of them was just amazing!! thanks for sharing these wonderful images with us!