A Little Ray of Sunshine

Sunflowers make me happy. I don’t know why, they just do. I’d managed to forget this until I was momentarily stunned by a mass planting of sunflowers outside a block of units on a recent drive through Lithgow. They were so bright in the dull afternoon that I parked the car and trotted over for a look. I was close enough to take a photo when a man emerged from the depths of the flowers – he was the gardener.

I complimented him on the beautiful flowers and he said he was very pleased with them. We chatted for a while and he told me that it was the first time he’d planted sunflowers, and that he’d grown them from seed.


Sunflowers both open and preparing to unfurl

The weather in Lithgow can vary from cold snaps to warm spells, or as the gardener said ‘take more turns than a week’ and that this created some anxious moments when shifts in the weather may have had an adverse impact on the plants. But on the day that I passed by they were looking spectacular, a mixture of fully bloomed sunflowers and others that were a little slower to reveal their splendour.


One of the dwarf sunflowers poking through the skirts of the stalks of the sunflower garden

Neighbours had shown interest in the plants and there had been various requests for the seeds once the blooms were spent. As I left, the gardener was talking to another person drawn like a bee towards the bright flowers about how he was keeping an eye out for the white cockatoos who would no doubt be interested in the seeds as well.

When was the last time you were delighted by something unexpected?

[Photo: sunflowers in bloom]

8 thoughts on “A Little Ray of Sunshine

  1. I would have to say that the last time I was delighted by something unexpected was just moments ago, coming upon these gorgeous sunflowers (in the midst of a very cold winter day in my part of the world!). Beautiful photos . . . thank you!

    • Thank you, Peter, and I’m glad you find sunflowers irresistible too. There is just something about them that draw me in, and I love the intricate seed patterns, all slightly different. Thank you for your lovely comments 😊

  2. Years ago I was walking in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. I passed a house that had big sunflowers growing in the front. I still remember that. You don’t see sunflowers too often in NYC.

    I like your blog. Take care.

    Neil S.

    • Thanks for your comments, and for sharing a lovely moment. There is something so good about sunflowers, especially when they turn up in places that you don’t expect to see them 😊

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