The little ones and I wrote an "end-of-Summer bucket list" . . . a list of things that we all want to do before school starts in early September.
Our list is simple . . . and includes things like . . .
decorate small frames with the seashells that we found at the beach a few weeks ago
stroll on the pier with corn dogs and lemonade (done!)
plant sunflowers (done!)
make fresh strawberry lemonade (done!)
and enjoy hot cocoa on the beach at sunset
It was our oldest daughter who asked if we could plant sunflowers. They're her favorite flower . . . so it makes me happy to think that we could have a sunflower garden for her to admire into Fall.
Knowing that it's a little late in the season to plant them, I thought we would get a jump on this item first.
I'm so glad that we did, because we searched and searched for sunflower seeds . . . and had a difficult time finding any. We finally found 1 packet (the last one!) at Home Depot. The packet actually contained 4 varieties of sunflowers, which was perfect.
Everyone was able to pick their favorite sunflower (including me), which made this task even more fun.
The little ones and I prepped the dirt near the back fence with new soil and flower food, in hopes of giving these seeds a fighting chance.
They patiently helped . . . and LOVED dropping their seeds in the 20+ holes that I made for them.
We planted the seeds based on their height, in hopes that the sunflower garden will appear more lush and colorful.
While shopping for sunflower seeds, I found these beautiful zinnias!
Their colors remind me of the end-of-Summer, EARLY Fall. I've planted several around out patio and back yard . . . and just adore them.
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