I love their tall, crazy Jack-in-the Beanstalk stems and their cartoon heart-shaped leaves and perfect smiley faces.
And of course I loooove their taxicab yellow color and the bees and butterflies who come to visit. I dry the heads for my winter songbirds...
And these on my deck are "volunteers"---an old-fashioned way to say they grew like weeds or wildflowers from last year's planting...or the birdseed?
These are smaller sunflowers in a stoneware crock, also on my deck...
And in the garden, Black-eyed Susans...with more volunteers: Queen Ann's Lace.
Actually I guess these are rudbekias, but they're baby sunflowers to me....
This batch is so tall...well over 6 feet...very special.
They were free! And a smile is priceless, right?
...gone to the beach