Sunflowers happen to be one of my favorite flowers. Even more amazing about this particular plant is that during development, it has mechanisms on the flower head that makes them tilt to follow the sun! Knowing of this very calculated and orchestrated mechanism that sunflowers have just makes me scratch my head when people say everything in nature occurs out of complete randomness and without an intelligent designer. No matter how hard I try to see things their way, logic always leads me to conclude otherwise.
It never occurred to me to plant sunflowers in FL simply because we lived in a place without a backyard even though the climate was well suited for the plant to thrive. I find the irony of my desire to try to grow sunflowers in a place where it’s practically gray about 2/3 of the year.
This post is mainly an update on a seedstarting post from last week. Today was the day I had to transplant my sunflower “babies” (lol). It seems it was time to grow these outside as they were growing too big for the planter. This variety are not miniature ones and though I would have liked to keep them next to me while I eat (ha!), it’s time to let go and let the magic of dirt and light do its work. This is my first attempt at planting sunflowers and I sure hope they grow to maturity.
I took that main picture from a produce farm right across where we used to live in FL. I am hoping I get to take another picture similar to that from my backyard. I hope there are no aphids or any other plant bug there is that’s going to mess with my babies. I also started to germinate the red sunflower variety called “Velvet Queen” which are supposedly shorter. I now understand my mother when she says she wants to go back to Asia because she misses her plants. I had gone so long not growing anything I almost forgot how rewarding it feels to see them produce fruit/flower, happy and thriving.
How do you think God feels about us when we mature and produce fruit for His kingdom?