Sunflower sprouts | Grow your own spring

Minnesota has had an incredibly cold spring. Super cold. As in–we had snow flurries in the last week of April.

Given the chilly weather, I think I’m not alone in dreaming for warmer days.  Plein air painting out in the sun. Not bundling up. Leaves on the trees.

Sunflower, sunflower

Then, of course, there are the sunflowers. Every year, I make it a point to paint sunflowers at least once.  Usually it’s way more times than that. But at least once, I grab my pochade box and make for the flower fields.

This year, I decided to bring things a little closer to home and plant my own sunflower patch right in my own backyard!

The greens that you see above are the first few sprouts of the spring. They’re a few weeks from transplanting outside, but it looks like spring in Minnesota might be a few weeks from warm enough for the sunflowers.