Lake Norman & Mooresville

A patch of happiness

Summer and sunshine. And sunflowers; lots of them. Gardens, fields and bouquets are dotted with the yellow flowers that make you smile.

The sunflower head - the huge dot of brown haloed in yellow - is not a single flower, but is made up of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers joined at a common receptacle. Those lazy flower heads sway on their stems, while there's other activity going on. Those buzzing bees you'll see are beneficial to sunflower yield because they carry pollen from plant to plant. Some sunflower varieties will not produce highest yields without the cross-pollinators.

The green sea of plant leaves below the flowers are phototropic and will follow the sun's rays. As do many of us.