Sunburst~

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The sunflowers grew tired of growing in their garden.

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So they picked up long legs and walked away.

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After traveling awhile, they arrived at The Holler, hot and bothered.
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They realized too late, as we often do, how good they had it in their garden.

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I put them in water, and took their photos, cheering them up considerably.

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I hope their sunburst cheers you too~

Note: the color in these photos is not enhanced. I have been experimenting with food coloring in flower water. Blue makes some incredible effects which I will show you later. If you’re interested check out:
http://www.wikihow.com/Dye-Flowers

303 thoughts on “Sunburst~

  1. Love them. I wondered about the color. I’d never seen sunflowers with those colors before. Looking at them I had the feeling like I’ve lived my life in black and white and for the first time experienced the world in color. Thanks.

    1. I love the idiosyncratic way the color is absorbed by different flowers and it’s always a surprise to see how they will come out. So pleased you enjoyed them & cheers to you Colleen~ 🌻 🌻

  2. Is there something in the approach of autumn that makes us Cynthias itch to fool around with the flowers….dry hydrangeas, and tint the mirasols? Sunflowers are a very symbolic and emblematic flower for me and I love this idea of tinting them…go blue and purple stems!

  3. I love how the sunflowers walked away, just to realize that the garden wasn’t so bad after all. Very well done!

    I learned to inject flower bulbs with ink when I was young, it’s interesting what you can do. I am looking forward to see the results of your experiments.

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    1. It’s amazing how the color diffuses isn’t it! Purples, blues, pinks and red. I am having fun with this, but the results are very inconsistent! So pleased you enjoyed them~

  5. You can see the blue in the stems and some of the under leaves but does it give them that bright orange colour too? They’re just gorgeous, Cindy.
    Leslie

      1. Or, you can go the cheap way. Wear your worn-out, old clothes you don’t care about anymore. Eye protection, those bad looking sunglasses you bought and thought they made you look cool. πŸ™‚

  6. Wow that dye really makes the color of the sunflowers pop out! I too enjoy having a bouquet of flowers in the home and will have to try working with dye too. Thanks for the inspiration Cindy! <3

  7. Most of our sunflowers now bow their heads, drop their peddles, and allow the birds to harvest their seeds before winter sets in. Soon, I will clear them with them autumn garden chores and toss them to the goats for a snack. The cycle of life-and-death-and-life on the farm.
    Oscar
    P.S. Our hummingbirds even come to the sunflowers in bloom.

  8. Such stunning rich colors and details with these photos ~ the first one looks almost like an elaborate painting ~ a great feel for the ending of summer. Wish you well Cindy.

    1. Thank you Randall, mean a lot! It will still be summer here for at least two more months, but we’re heading north soon and I know that summer is slipping away…… 🌻

      1. Yes, and red poppies in May, lavender… It is a tough job but someone has to be here. πŸ˜€ BTW, I notice you have been this way more than once. πŸ˜‰

              1. You were the first of two that had the same complaint with WP yesterday. I shall have to see if it has been repaired for a friend in OZ. I’m glad your issue is taken care of.

  9. I think there are seeds that produce this color of sunflowers. They’re likely more expensive than your standard sunflower seeds. I generally use sunflowers seeds from the bird seed mix I feed. The bird seed source will either produce tall or short sunflowers, sometimes both.

    1. Yes different varieties of seed will produce different size and color of flowers, but these were dyed. What is interesting is which type of flower takes dye best. Next year I will plant some of the cool color varieties just for fun. I too get my flowers from the bird seed!!! 🌻

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  11. Very cool about the symbiotic nature of flowers, colors and life, Cindy. May we all take the joy and beauty into our lives and spread it like flowers across our communities! Let it take “root” in harmony and peace. . . <3

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  13. Missed this post-sorry about the late comment. My wife plants every year sunflowers and then harvests them to feed the birds over the winter when no other food is readily available. She sits each morning with her coffee and enjoys watching them eat out of my computer room window. .

    1. Your wife is a kindred soul. She and I would understand each other. We have a pomegranate orchard. I leave the fruit on the trees for the birds and we get flocks and fabulous varieties. The pomegranates are winter food and drought liquid for the birds. Birds are a daily blessing as you and your wife know. <3

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