(This was written last fall but was lost in the shuffle, it still has something to say)
people who built our house cut the driveway so it would make a "V".
Since there was empty space in the middle, my husband's grandmother asked
that a flower bed be made there. Bless her, this flower bed always
had the worst dirt on the farm. We've spent years
tilling and adding mulch and have gradually managed to make it a great place for
flowers. Except, that it sees full sun...all day long.
even though the dirt is in great shape, because of the extreme exposure, we have been limited to marigolds and zinnias and such.
I do love these flowers as they are colorful, require little tending, and make pretty
arrangements. But this year, we wanted something different. So grandson and I
planted only sunflowers. We chose different colors (from bright yellow to a beautiful rust) and different heights and the results were truly a testament to God's glory.
only were we able to enjoy the different sizes and colors throughout
the summer, they also bloomed at different times. As a result of the
seeds (and the hummingbird feeder at one end), we've also been blessed with a multitude of birds! I can't tell you how many times I have made my way (with dragging footsteps) to work early in the morning only to behold
a newly opened flower or a beautiful bird. Stopping for just a moment to behold
them in all their glory has lifted my spirits and changed my attitude
more than once.
blooms are all sagging now under the weight of hundreds of seeds but
even in this stage, they are a wonder to behold. I have no way of
knowing how many birds (and now small animals
since the seeds are falling to the ground) have benefited from our
sunflowers (and hummingbird juice) but I am daily drawn to say a word of
thanks to our Father for allowing me a little slice of His beauty!