These sunflowers are part of a project that I started a few months ago in my front yard. The project kind of assumed that they would all flower at the same time, but that hasn't happened. They haven't even grown at the same rate, some are way taller than I am, others are just above my knees, and the one below is my favourite, because we stand exactly face to face.
But it doesn't matter. I planted these a little begrudgingly, I have said before that I am not a huge fan of growing flowers, but now, I am so glad I did.
They are just simply amazing.
I love watching the progress of the seeds as they develop. There are hundreds of circles of flowers inside the much larger flower head, and it's like watching a slow fall of dominoes as each individual flower opens to reveal its seed... I did a little reading about them and apparently the little flowers (called florets) are arranged in an spiral pattern where the interconnecting left and right spirals are successive Fibonacci numbers.
That hurt my brain, but it sounded too cool to leave out. You can read about it here.
Anyway, I called this post showstoppers because they are in my front yard. And they stop passers by. Every day since they flowered I have seen people walking by, pointing them out to their friends and family. Some just stop and look, other people stop and talk to me, and although I have very little to do with their beauty, I feel as though I have moved people, and that makes me feel chuffed.
ps I will show you the project as soon as a few more of the flowers flower. It's very cool, but messy cool, not neat and tidy like the vision I had. Plants don't seem to want to confirm to my rules.