The fall season shows itself in many ways here in the Land of Enchantment. Sunflowers are one of my favorite sights in late summer and through the fall months until the first freeze. Wild sunflowers line the rural and city roads, and pop up under bird feeders and in empty lots.
We have several kinds of Sunflowers in out yard at our Albuquerque bed and breakfast. I prefer the daintier, small flower varieties rather than the large and heavy nodding head varieties that are heavy on the seed. One of my favorites is the orange colored Mexican Sunflower, (Tithonia rotundiflora) which is actually a member of the aster family, although it really looks like a sunflower.
The next sunflower I picture here is the common wild sunflower variety that grows in our yard and all over the city and state in vast fields, along the roads and in empty lots in the city. It is an annual sunflower that is spread by seed only, (Helianthus annus).
A more planned perennial variety I planted in our yard is also found all over our neighborhood in the North Valley is the Maximillian Sunflower, (Helianthus maximiliani), which once established, will grow with reckless abandon as seen here on this lane near our house. The up close shot is one of my bees is gathering pollen from the Maximillians. The don’t even start to bloom until late September, and the flowers lay on the entire stem from top to bottom. Very showy!
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