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Flower of the Day: June 26, 2019. The biggest sunflower I’ve seen.

I’ve seen tall sunflowers at pumpkin patches but I never thought I’d see one growing this large in someone’s yard. It was worth the time to pull over and check them out in the blazing heat.

When my kids and I read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle, I didn’t think a flower could grow as tall or taller than a house. That is until yesterday, when I saw with my own eyes that sunflowers can grow as tall as they please: keep looking towards the sun.

Its stems were thick, solid, and hardy (not that I tried bending them to check its hardiness) as bamboo stems. Amazing sight. I hope that house owner knows their flowers bring joy and admiration of nature to passersby.

A giant sunflower growing on a giant stem. Amazed at its height and size.
A regular-sized sunflower growing underneath the gargantuan one.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.”

Helen Keller
Another impressive sunflower in this bush

Thanks Cee for hosting this FOTD challenge!

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Flower of the Day: May 21, 2019. Chrysanthemum Greens

The stems of these pretty flowers are edible. It has a fresh earthy scent that tastes great in spicy fish stew. But growing up, I remember eating these greens raw: sometimes my mom would make this as a side dish seasoned with minced garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, and spicy red pepper seasoning as a side dish.

This is my first time seeing them grow in its entirety. I could’ve mistaken them for daisies except the stems were leafy, tall, and windy. I think they look romantic and vintage-y.