Late Summer Blooms

When I think of late summer, I think of buckets filled with huge sunflowers!  When I worked at Import Flowers, a flower wholesaler here in Nashville, starting in late July, we would start getting sunflowers in from a local grower.  This sweet farmer, Manuel, probably in his late 60's, would haul in the biggest, most beautiful sunflowers and wildflowers I've ever seen!  Most of the sunflowers stood as tall as I am!  I still love going to Import Flowers this time of year to pick up bunches of those sunflowers to arrange in vases for special orders that come in.  If I'm lucky, Lou, the owner of Import Flowers, will send a bunch home with me to enjoy.  Here are some samples of a few recent arrangements I put together for some new moms in the hospital.  Something like this would cheer up any hospital room or any kitchen for that matter!