Do you remember Mom planted a couple Maximillian Sunflower plants for the first time this year? She knew they were going to get big, but ...
|The southwest corner of our garden|
Yeowzers! They are planted one tier down from what you see - about a 2-3 foot drop there. Some of the stalks are maybe 2 inches in diameter and are up to 8 feet tall! Let's get closer!
Mom is thrilled with how bold and colorful they are - even if they are a bit "untidy"! Look at who else loves these:
|Butterfly on Sunflower!|
There were butterflies all OVER the flowers!
Mom thought it would be a good idea for me to sit in front of them. You know - a nice "pose in front of the Sunflowers". OK.
|"You have treats, don't you? I'm bored."|
Nice, but ... missing something. I had another idea!
|"Wait. I'm doing my serene face."|
I thought it was going pretty well, but for some reason Mom asked me to come out of there. Could have been because I started nibbling on the flowers. Hey! She doesn't mind when the butterflies and bees do it! Besides, perhaps if someone had been a bit more forthcoming with the treats, I wouldn't have had to resort to munching on Sunflowers.
Moving right along ...
Let's see what else is going on!
|"Ooh, the Purple Emperor Sedum is looking good!"|
Check it out:
|Bee on sedum|
The bees love those things! I remembered not to try to eat them. Go, me!
Oh, yeah! And the coolest thing right now is the butterflies that are all OVER our Butterfly Garden! It's Monarch Migration right now, and we're happy to report they've been making themselves at home here in the Ao4 Gardens! Mom has as of yet to get a good photo, but she did get this other kind of butterfly:
|Butterfly on Butterfly Bush|
We're really happy they've found a temporary home in our gardens!
Mom also went out to a big Sunflower patch across from the Kansas State University football stadium this week to do some shooting. This is her favorite from that stack of photos:
If you'd like to see more of the "big" Sunflowers, please click here to visit our FlickR album.
We hope our photos added a little serenity to your day!