Serendipitous Sunflower

Serendipity Realized

Serendipity is a great thing, and one that, as a writer, I’m always open to.

The sunflower featured in today’s photo is a volunteer that came up in the vicinity of where we’d planted the domestic variety featured a few weeks ago.  For the longest time, we weren’t even sure it was a different variety or simply the result of a seed that had gotten dropped.

This plant has smaller flowers than the domestic version, but even more.  It’s taller by about two feet (so roughly twelve feet tall), and started flowering just as the others were going to seed, so we have had continual bright and sunny color for at least a month.  Like the domestic sunflowers, it’s been drafted into work as a trellis for our tepary beans.

However, even though this sunflower is a fairly tough variety, it wouldn’t be what it is without a certain amount of loving care on our part.

The same is true of writing and stories.  You hear a lot about the cool ideas that come out of nowhere: from dreams, from a chance conversation.  You don’t hear as much about the multiple drafts it takes to make those cool ideas into cooler stories, nor the careful editing it takes to make sure the story grows tall and lovely and is there to add a little bit of beauty to life.

Be open to serendipity, but don’t fault yourself if you need to do some work to make your vision come through.

2 Responses to “Serendipitous Sunflower”

  1. Faerlie Bartholomaeus Says:

    Is it possible that it’s a Jerusalem artichoke, or sunchoke? They look like small (and tall!) sunflowers. Make delicious soups and stews.

    • janelindskold Says:

      No. This is a new Mexico wild sunflower. I know my plants. And, coincidentally, we also are growing Jerusalem artichokes, so I have a very nice comparison! The “sunchokes” are much more water hungry, you might be interested to know.

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