Admit it, sunflowers just make you happy! It would have to be a pretty bad day if you couldn’t smile at those sunny bright yellow petals, wiggling everywhere, at least a hundred million seeds, perfectly even and lined up around in a circle..(well,maybe not a hundred million – but bunches!)
Look at all those tiny little seeds and perfect yellow petals and that gorgeous California sky. Wow!
I LOVE this picture and do you believe this: I shot this picture!- as my grandson would say -“NO WAY”
So I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to take some road trips and photograph nature wherever I ended up, bring home some samples of my trip and see what table settings I could come up with. Somehow the last few road trips have ended up with wine…hmmm since I live in the amazing wine country surrounding Lodi & Stockton…we shouldn’t be surprised.
So, yes, we bought wine at the end of each trip, but we also had fun along the way: A picnic at the beach, yummy delights at our fruit stands and lots of wineries!
A friend told me Philips Farms aka Michael David Winery in Lodi had fields and fields of ‘pick-your-own’ flowers so I went to check it out myself. (they also have award winning DDDelicious wine, hence taking wine home with flowers!)
I’m smiling again!
There are picnic areas under giant trees with abundant flower beds.
Olive trees greet you at every turn.
I LOVE this Hollyhock. Isn’t the color just spectacular!
See that gorgeous dahlia peeking out from behind – she came home with me..
Now this is a happy color! Are you ohhing and ahhing yet?
My heart love for Dahlias rivals my desire to have sunflowers
on hand ALLLLL summer!
Soooo I whispered to them, you BOTH are coming home with me!
Their fancy name is Rudbeckia hirta, and they are a member of the sunflower tribe of the large family Asteraceae. Now ya know!
My sweet sunflowers, you are going straight to a picnic! And my lovely dark and mysterious dahlias you are destined for a lovely table setting with my new vintage dishes.