Monday, August 29, 2011

UBC Farm Sunflowers and Bees

We are finally getting some nice dry heat in August, although as I write this, it is overcast and cool. This is the best time to moon over the beautiful sunflowers at UBC Farm and watch a variety of bees sipping the florets. Sunflowers are composite flowers, made up of hundreds of mini flowers. Each of these florets sits atop an achene which contains a sunflower seed that plumps up and becomes viable if and only if its floret has been visited by a pollinator.

You can buy bouquets of sunflowers at the UBC Farm market on Saturdays, or you can purchase them by the stem. UBC Farm can also provide flowers for weddings and other special occasions.

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