In the province of Zeeland, some of the borders of agricultural land have been sown with a wildflower mixture. The birds and insects take advantage of these wildflower margins. They find shelter and a lot of food like nectar and seeds.
Not only the animals, but me too benefit from these wildflowers. For a small fee you can buy a “bloemenplukbon” (flower pick voucher). With this voucher you may pick flowers from the wildflower-margin all year round.
This week the sun is shining exuberantly and I decided to pick me a large bunch of flowers. It is quiet in the field-margin and I enjoy the beautiful countryside.
Despite it being October the sunflowers are still pretty good and also the Cosmos look beautiful. Walking along the wildflower strip, I see goldfinches and titmice fly up. They feast on the sunflower seeds.
With an armful of flowers I arrive back home. There a surprise awaits me. On the table is a garden magazine. It is from my girlfriend, who must have visited me while I was away. There is also a note:
"Enjoy reading. I'm on the hunt for sunflowers with Janneke. Love Sunny Sue. "
With this beautiful weather I'm apparently not the only one out for sunflowers!
It is quiet in the field-margin...
...sunflowers and the tower of our village.
This is one of my favorites.
Birds benefit of the seeds.
It is colourful in my car!
I arrange the sunflowers in my mothers "van Gogh vase".
Sunflowers in my kitchen.
Note from my girl friend.
The cosmos and other beauties.
Bombe-bee feast on the flowers.