the view from today: sunflower summer

“flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.” — henry ward beecher

this spring our hollyhocks finally bloomed, and though their stalks are now crispy brown from the summer heat, the cheerful sunflowers have begun to grace us with their faces.

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