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Monday, July 14, 2014


This is our first year to grow sunflowers in the backyard far,  so good!   The only thing I will do different next year is plant them a lot thicker.     I have already cut some and have them drying for fall decorating.

We planted most of the sunflower seeds in the garden that is over in a "forgotten" part of the yard.     We usually have squash and tomatoes planted in this area,  but this year most of the tomatoes are in the greenhouse and we planted the squash somewhere else.

I think sunflowers just "sing" summer.....
You can see in this photo how this area has been neglected this year.....wildflowers and morning glories have pretty much taken over!
The sunflowers are so top heavy that I have found the best way to display them is in a single tall vase.

The little yellow shed on the left is where I store the bulk of my holiday décor....
I can't believe the summer is almost half over.....and the school supplies are already in the stores!


  1. Penny, your back-yard is so pretty.
    I bet you love just sitting out there
    planning your next decor project.
    I love the sunflowers they always
    cheer me and look just so summery.
    Yes, I know the stores are ridiculous
    I hate to see Back to school supplies in
    July. Hobby Lobby is putting out Fall
    decor out. YIKES...
    Xo Marissa

  2. Stopping by from Turn It Up Tuesday. I'm a lover of sunflowers. I planted a few in my vegetable garden this year. The American Gold Finch love them, so most don't make it in the house. I love the idea of displaying them in a tall vase. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I thought of planting sunflowers but in my small yard, they are too big but I do love them!! Okay, just how many buildings are now in your back yard????? I see yet another shed.....


  4. I love sunflowers! So pretty!

  5. What a lovely vignette. Sunflowers are the essence of summer!

  6. I absolutely adore sunflowers! We didn't get any seeds sowed this year, and I miss them so much. Thanks for sharing your lovely flowers. :)

  7. Your sunflowers are so adorable and your vignettes are always such beautiful

  8. Those are some gorgeous sunflowers...and huge. Love em!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. love the sunflowers in the white milk glass vases your thumb sure is green enjoy the rest of your summer

  10. los girasoles en ese jarrón improvisado queda perfecto,

  11. Beautiful garden Penny, loving your sunflowers :)

    Thanks for sharing :)


  12. Great pictures and I love the flowers...just to say about all your can add the links via the html code? Are you aware of this? If you need help! ;)

  13. Sun flowers are one of my most favourite flowers. They are like cheerful sunny faces! We always grew them when the kids were small as they loved planting something that ended up bigger then them.

  14. Wow, you have convinced me....Sunflowers are going on my must grow next year list!

    They are gorgeous Penny!

  15. Love sunflowers, they just shout SUMMERTIME! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  16. Sunflowers make me so happy! Love it. Pinned. Sending love your way! Lou Lou Girls

  17. I love sunflowers, but last year, they came and went so fast that it made the summer feel like it flew by too fast. I decided to give it a rest this year and not grow them because they ended up making me sad. I grow ENORMOUS sunflowers that end up with trunks the thickness of my arms, so the squirrels just climb up and ransack them as soon as the flowers are starting to droop. It ends up looking like a massacre out there. Another reason to skip a year :)

  18. Those sunflowers are gorgeous and so cheery! I agree with you, they do sing summer :) Thank you for linking up to the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

  19. This was such a pretty post Penny and has been featured on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week ;) Thank you for joining in!


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