Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sunny flowers

This scene couldn’t have been left unrecorded. We found it a few days ago when visiting the Kuusisto Manor I posted about in June (here). As the stems were rather high and quite far apart I couldn’t help taking a walk among them.







Overall, the sunflower is one of the most fabulous flowering plants to me. The ‘flower’, in fact, consists of an outer circle of yellow ray flowers, generally regarded as the ‘petals’, and a central flower head with hundreds of tiny disk flowers in a perfect spiral pattern.








I read it is a legend the sunflower would always turn the flower head towards the sun. The immature buds do follow the sun whereas the mature flowering heads face a fixed, often easterly, direction throughout the day. The below is a close-up of the five-petalled disk flowers or florets. An amazing plant, isn’t it? 





The field was such a big one I believe these sunflowers are being grown for the seeds. But I am wondering how the harvesting will work out when all the phases of reproduction from baby buds to seed formation are still found in the field. Even today, it is a challenging and risky occupation to be a farmer.




10 comments:

  1. Beautiful - so pleased that you did record them - the brilliant yellow against the blue sky is stunning.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. I am trying to keep my thoughts - and eyes - in the summer season for as long as I can.

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  2. They are incredible flowers aren't they! We managed to grow some this year and they were wonderful to see, but not as magnificent as those you photographed so beautifully! xx

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    1. Thank you, Amy. I am glad we happened to see this field and what's more on a sunny day.

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  3. Such a stunning post. Your photos are truly awesome. We past a sunflower field the other day but sadly the heat has pushed it past its best. You took your photos just at the right moment. Lovely :) B

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    1. You are too kind, Barbara. We've been lucky to have a lot of sunshine recently, which may be the reason why there were also quite a lot of fresh stems pushing up.

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    1. Kiitos, Kristiina. Kyllä auringonkukka on upea kaikkine vaiheineen, kokonaisesta pellosta puhumattakaan.

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  5. It must have been fantastic walking among the sunflowers. I love the close up and the contrast in colour against the blue sky! Sarah x

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    1. It certainly was wonderful. We've had such a lovely autumn, at least so far.

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