17 Aug

When I searched for sunflowers on Google, there were about 12 million hits, so I’m assuming there are probably about 20 million or more images out there. I just don’t think that’s enough. Let’s make it 20,000,004.

I have a split personality when it comes to sunflowers. I love them! They are so pretty and cheery and make me smile.

Sunflowers I | The Farm Paparazzi

But, I also curse them. They are a terrible, invasive weed species and really cause problems for farmers.

Sunflowers II | The Farm Paparazzi

I’m talking about the Common Sunflower.

WEED NERD ALERT! WEED NERD ALERT! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

According to “Weeds of the West” from the Western Society of Weed Science, “the common sunflower is an annual that grows 1-10 feet tall. Native to North America, the sunflower has been cultivated since pre-Columbian times for its edible seeds. They are a common weed of roadsides, fence rows, fields, pastures and waste areas. Flowering is from July to September.”  In my book the “sunflower family” spans 154 pages.

Sunflowers III | The Farm Paparazzi

Oh, well. I guess we’ll spray them where we don’t want them and enjoy them where we can.

Sunflowers IV | The Farm Paparazzi

One of Tyler & I’s engagement pictures from 2010 by a great friend, Heather. She got married herself in July! Visit her at

Have a bright, bright, bright, sunshiny day!

God Bless You & American Agriculture,


For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NLT)

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