Narrow Leaf Sunflowers of Autumn
Three years ago I planted seeds from flowers that I found in a pasture north of here. Since then, the number of plants has doubled every year. Each plant, below, stands about six feet tall and has over a hundred blossoms.
The blossoms seem to mutate into different color patterns, and always are searching for the sun. The plants become so top-heavy with flowers that they need to be tied together with twine to keep them upright.
The thousands of bright yellow flowers are the most dramatic of any flowers that I have found along the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
Wolf Pen Mountain to the northwest towers above this area at over 3,000 feet.
Another variety that grows over eight feet high, below, ¬†has chosen to call the deck railing home.