Sadly – the sunflowers are done blooming for this year. Check back in 2021!
The Sunflowers are blooming! What a beautiful site as their blossoms nod and sway in the breeze. Join us for lunch and visit the sunflower field Monday – Saturday from 12 noon – 3 pm. Admission to the field is $3, blooms are $3 per stem, 4 stems for $10, or get a decorative bucket with 6 stems for $20. If you are are a professional photographer interested in arranging a photo shoot (senior pictures, family photos, engagement photos, etc.) please click here for pricing and policies. Please call 330 – 877 – 8344 to schedule your professional shoot.
The idea that sunflowers always track the sun is a little bit of an exaggeration. It’s only the young the flower heads that track the sun before they fully bloom. Once the sunflower reaches maturity it then fixes into a single position and faces east permanently rather than following the sun across the sky.
Native Americans grew and selected sunflower varieties for flour, food, and oil. The Spanish brought this new-world plant to Europe in the 1500s and by the 1700s and 1800s the Russians were growing them in large quantities. It eventually made its way back to North America in the form of Russian varieties that we still grow today, such as ‘Mammoth Russian’. Canadian and American farmers now grow sunflowers primarily for oil production, but plant hybridizers also started creating attractive varieties for the garden as well.
Butterflies, beneficial insects, hummingbirds and birds flock to sunflower heads for food, pollen and nectar. Mexican sunflowers are particularly good at attracting Monarch butterflies as they migrate through the country. Butterflies and insects enjoy the flower pollen and nectar while birds feast on the seeds.