Narrow Leaf Sunflowers of Autumn

Sunflowers Window
Although autumn doesn’t officially arrive until tomorrow, you can set your clock to that event by watching for the peak display of the Narrow Leaf Sunflowers. a showy member of the Astor family.

Narrow Leaf Sunflower
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.

Narrow Leaf Sunflower Stalk

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.

Narrow leaf sunflower meadow

The thousands of bright yellow flowers are the most dramatic of any flowers that I have found along the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

Sunflowers at Hemlock House

Wolf Pen Mountain to the northwest towers above this area at over 3,000 feet.

Sunflower Mountain

Sunflower Meadow

Another variety that grows over eight feet high, below,  has chosen to call the deck railing home.

Sunflower Mahogany

3 thoughts on “Narrow Leaf Sunflowers of Autumn

  1. The photos of the Sunflowers are beautiful…….I have a smaller variety here, but don’t have your green thumb any more. It has been way too hot for me to spend very much time working in the yard.

    You look great! Thanks for keeping me in your loop.

    Patsy

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