Sunflowers Rivaling Cherry Blossoms as Top Plant Attraction by Susan Harris

Likes

Posted on: August 4, 2017

Posted by:

img

Here’s why I’m going out on a cherry blossom limb to assert that the humble sunflower is gaining on DC’s most overhyped flowers.

Just outside DC, Maryland’s McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area is just now seeing its sunflower fields cleared of photographers from near and far.

There’s a special Guide for Photographing the Sunflower Fields. A Virginia camera club has a meet-up there. Washingtonian Magazine calls it “Instagram Gold,” using these two and 10 more shots to prove the point.

But there’s LOTS more here on Instagram itself.

From the Department of Natural Resources we learn that

The sunflowers are planted in nine different fields in spring as a food source for wildlife, particularly Mourning Doves…People come from miles away and plan vacations well in advance to try and catch the view. You can regularly see the fields full of amateur and professional photographers, along with painters. It is quite the sight.

Photo credit: Forsaken Fotos on Flickr

There’s More There

The whole 2,000-acre wildlife manager area is a “mixture of woodlands, fields, wooded bottomland and managed wetland impoundments (green-tree reservoirs).” Never heard of them! But now I know that greentree reservoirs are where “biologists deliberately flood forests during the fall and winter…These attract colorful wood ducks as well as other waterfowl which migrate through or spend the winter here.”

All told, the place “provides habitat for a great diversity of wildlife species including deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, over 200 species of songbirds, and numerous reptiles and amphibians.”

But this bit surprised me: “The McKee-Beshers WMA is a public hunting property and Maryland has a hunting season on Mourning Doves that opens September 1 every year.” People really hunt these guys?

What I Saw

The photos I took this week show signs of heavy pollinator action on the big, happy blooms.

And in a blogger cheat, I took these shots at my local garden center. Who cares that it’s not an official wildlife management area?

Forsaken Fotos has more sunflower photo here.   Dove photo credit.

Sunflowers Rivaling Cherry Blossoms as Top Plant Attraction originally appeared on Garden Rant on August 4, 2017.

Garden Rant

Related Products to this Post

Related Posts

GWA/Buffalo Take-Aways by Susan Harris

Likes Posted on: August 18, 2017

An annual philosophy by Elizabeth Licata

Likes Posted on: August 10, 2017

But not for me by Elizabeth Licata

Likes Posted on: June 1, 2017

Always Dreaming by Allen Bush

Likes Posted on: May 10, 2017

Container Gardening for Beginners

2 Likes Posted on: April 26, 2017

Creative gardening ideas

Likes Posted on: April 26, 2017

How to care Rose Plant (HINDI)

Likes Posted on: April 25, 2017

Olfactory Overload by Bob Hill

Likes Posted on: April 24, 2017

Permaculture and NoTill Gardening

Likes Posted on: April 23, 2017

Raised Bed Gardening

Likes Posted on: April 22, 2017

A to Z Of TV Gardening (bbc)

Likes Posted on: April 21, 2017

Organic Terrace Gardening

Likes Posted on: April 21, 2017

Great Gardens of England

Likes Posted on: April 18, 2017

Reggie’s Hobbies: Gardening

Likes Posted on: April 18, 2017

Starting from Seed by Thomas Christopher

Likes Posted on: April 17, 2017

Mittleider Gardening Method: The Big Lie

Likes Posted on: April 17, 2017

Canada, o Canada by Susan Harris

Likes Posted on: April 17, 2017

Ideas for Gardens Designs

Likes Posted on: April 14, 2017

Gardening FAIL

Likes Posted on: April 13, 2017

17 Clever City Gardening ideas

Likes Posted on: April 12, 2017

New Views by tldd1103

Likes Posted on: April 10, 2017

Vertical Gardening

Likes Posted on: April 10, 2017

TF2 – Post Nerf Market Gardening

Likes Posted on: April 9, 2017

Just the facts by Elizabeth Licata

Likes Posted on: April 8, 2017

Stick to gardening by Elizabeth Licata

Likes Posted on: April 7, 2017

5 Futuristic Home Gardening Inventions

Likes Posted on: April 6, 2017

Straw Bale Gardening

Likes Posted on: April 6, 2017

Wild means wild by Elizabeth Licata

Likes Posted on: April 4, 2017

In the Green by Thomas Christopher

Likes Posted on: April 3, 2017

Introducing FarmBot Genesis

Likes Posted on: April 2, 2017

The Payoff by Evelyn Hadden

Likes Posted on: April 1, 2017

Straw Bale Gardening: Start to Finish

Likes Posted on: March 30, 2017

TF2: 10 Tips for Market Gardening!

Likes Posted on: March 29, 2017

Ask Ian: Container Gardening

Likes Posted on: March 29, 2017

The most beautiful gardens in the world

Likes Posted on: March 27, 2017

OldSchool Market Gardening

Likes Posted on: March 26, 2017

Risers in container gardening

Likes Posted on: March 24, 2017

World’s Most Beautiful Landscapes

Likes Posted on: March 23, 2017

Indoor gardening with hydroponics

Likes Posted on: March 23, 2017

All About Growing Mint

Likes Posted on: March 22, 2017

DIY: building your own shed

Likes Posted on: March 21, 2017

How to Draw a Tree – Landscape

Likes Posted on: March 21, 2017

Jake and Amir: Gardening

Likes Posted on: March 21, 2017

Beautiful Landscape Pictures

Likes Posted on: March 19, 2017

Gardening With the Kids!

Likes Posted on: March 18, 2017

5 Quick Gardening Tips to Save You Money

Likes Posted on: March 18, 2017

Gardening: How to make great garden edging

1 Likes Posted on: March 18, 2017

TuTiTu Toys | Gardening Toys

Likes Posted on: March 18, 2017

Landscape – Einstein A Go Go

Likes Posted on: March 17, 2017

Landscape Painting – Full episode

Likes Posted on: March 17, 2017

Landscape Photography Tips and Tricks

Likes Posted on: March 16, 2017

Creating Dynamic Landscape Photographs

Likes Posted on: March 16, 2017

Typewriter landscape

Likes Posted on: March 15, 2017

Two Ways To Plant & Grow Ginger

Likes Posted on: March 15, 2017

Gardening with Patrick Stewart

Likes Posted on: March 15, 2017

Vertical Gardening Made Easy

Likes Posted on: March 14, 2017

Gardening on Salvia Part 2

Likes Posted on: March 14, 2017

5 Tips for Great Landscapes

Likes Posted on: March 14, 2017

SEXY GARDENING SERVICE!! (vlog day 95)

Likes Posted on: March 14, 2017

Landscapes: Volume 4K (UHD)

Likes Posted on: March 13, 2017

Peppa Pig – Gardening

Likes Posted on: March 13, 2017

Landscape Painting Maxim Grunin Part 2

Likes Posted on: March 12, 2017

Gardening on Salvia

Likes Posted on: March 12, 2017

PRECISION GARDENING | Bully – Part 5

Likes Posted on: March 11, 2017

Ellen’s Gardener Competition

Likes Posted on: March 11, 2017

BOTTLE TOWER GARDENS

Likes Posted on: March 11, 2017

Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener

Likes Posted on: March 10, 2017

How to make an amazing Grass Day Bed

Likes Posted on: March 10, 2017

Lego Gardening

Likes Posted on: March 10, 2017

Leave a Reply

Add New Comment

img