Here it is - the day you have all been waiting for. The sunflowers are blooming!!!! This is the first sunflower of the season. What a proud little sunflower it is!
After all the continuous rain, planting, replanting, and weeding, they have finally grown big enough to beat out the weeds and start showing off. The warm weather of this past weekend didn't hurt. The day after the first sunflower came out, we were able to make a little bouquet.
Julia and I have been checking the field daily. Although she continually chides me for being obsessed with the first bloom, I think that she too was pretty happy to have a bouquet in her hands.
This variety is called "The Joker" and I bought the seeds from Johnny's Selected Seeds in Maine. I just love this sunflower. It is a quick bloomer and has a branching growth pattern which means that I might get 10 blossoms off one plant. The extra fun thing is that within this one variety, the blooms are varied - multi-colored, plain yellow, some are fluffy, and some are not.
As you probably guessed, there are lots more to come!