Now summer is really over. It turns out fall is somehow better than summer – sunny, warm, and sometimes the wonderful fall wind springs up. Beautiful leaves are tugged off the trees. The grass is a magical green because of all the rain we had. The garden was mixed. Kale a great success, potatoes not bad, the novelty of the blue ones adding an exotic note. The tomatoes were a disaster. Swollen and tasteless with rain, sometimes rotting on the vine. There were only a few peppers, onions not bad. The garlic simply disappeared but the onions were fairly good.
And here are these wonders. Great sunflowers grown on a whim from a few seeds found in an old package that had been shoved into the back of a drawer. Strong thick stems are still not equal to the task of holding up these great heads. We stuck one up into a small evergreen as a makeshift bird feeder. The others, their heads hanging down wait for the first frost.
I love the mysterious geometry of the pattern of the seeds. Look how they spiral around perfectly. I don’t know why but it reminds me of the complexity of quilting or embroidery. So much effort in our worlds to create such a pattern. So effortless in nature.