Well, the flowers you see could be all of those things and none of those things! Sunflowers grow wild around here and, indeed, these were not planted by me - they just sprang up when I watered what I did plant.
Does that make them just weeds? I guess I like to think of them more as a gift. A bright, unexpected spot of beauty in my garden.
And, in the case of this one, definite future munchies!
Where did they come from? Well, seeds, of course *winks* Some have come back year after year from the first plant that grew and went to seed - LOL - the one I did plant. Some are definite imports from the wind or traveling birdies =p
But, one thing is for sure. The dried up and withered flowers are very important. They look usless and some would say ugly, but without the seeds that they provide, there would be no more flowers. And no more future seeds...
So, guess what? I am going to give those tired old withered flowers just as much attention as I am the final fresh blooms of summer. After all, just because something is old, tired and/or ugly doesn't mean that it is without purpose and usefulness!
Hmmm... I think I can apply that thought to a few other areas of my life. Guess I will chat with you all later... I have a phone call I need to make!