#ThursdayTreeLove | A Sunflower in an Orchard Full of Apples

Apples-6 Sunflowers

We interrupt “Sunflower Month” with apples!

I had one goal in mind when the guys and I headed to Scott’s Orchard earlier this month–to visit the sunflowers a little earlier this year. We went mid-October last year, so many of the sunflowers were seeing their last days. However, when we arrived [just about] two weeks ago, there were no sunflowers! Gasp! Was I disappointed? Of course not! Okay, maybe a little, but I adjusted because apples—though not as cool as sunflowers—are not only pretty but are also pretty tasty. Besides, they grow on trees, and I love trees as much as I love sunflowers!

Here are some of the shots* appropriately accompanied by Mary Oliver’s “The Orchard.” Oh–and I did find one sunflower (above) just before we left. A double win!


I have dreamed
of accomplishment.
I have fed

I have traded
nights of sleep

Apples-5for a length of work.
Lo, and I have discovered
how soft bloom

Apples-8turns to green fruit,
which turns to sweet fruit.
Lo, and I have discovered
Apples-4all winds blow cold
at last,
and the leaves,

Apples-11so pretty, so many,
in the great, black

Apples-2packet of time,
in the great, black
packet of ambition,
Apples-1and the ripeness
of the apple
is its downfall.


It’s ironic that we went to the orchard last year to pick apples, but basked in sunflowers. This year, we went for the sunflowers but found only apples. Either way, the orchard offered, like last year, a bit of Autumn heaven.

I am joining Parul Thakur for #ThursdayTreeLove every second and fourth Thursday of the month. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link it back to her latest #treelove post.

Note on Picture Quality: Please forgive the low quality of my photos. I am running out of WordPress space and I am not sure I want to give WP even more money to increase my space allowance. :-/ You can see higher quality versions of these pics by checking out my Flickr album, Scott’s Orchard: A Sunflower in an Orchard.

19 thoughts on “#ThursdayTreeLove | A Sunflower in an Orchard Full of Apples

  1. Sheila Marie Delgado says:

    Ditto what Damyanti said. 🙂
    You reminded my of my aunt’s house. Her neighbors crab apple tree was within easy reach. Oh, my cousins and I ate so many of those. 🙂 My aunt grew rhubarb and raspberries, among other things. Her yard was filled with tasty treats. Haha. 🙂

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  2. Parul Thakur says:

    Life has its own way to bringing to you what you did not think of. Isn’t it? Loved the apples and apple trees, Chandra. I have seen many and I always wonder how much weight the tree takes for so many apples.
    So glad you shared these with us and joined. See you tomorrow.

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  3. Mali says:

    How lovely! Last week I was in a fruit and wine-growing area, and there was mile after mile of apple trees still in blossom! It’s a reminder of the seasons to see these apple trees groaning with fruit. Thanks.

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