I have always thought of sunflowers as the final act of Summer before Fall introduces a new palette of vibrant colors when the leaves change and the mums bloom. The rich fields of gold are at their peak towards the end of July and usually last until early Fall in New England. Locally my favorite place to see them is Dame Farm in Johnston, Rhode Island. Last year it was not very crowded and Kiel and I basically had the whole field to ourselves. If you are planning a visit I recommend going soon as they cut down the field early August. Another field to visit if you live in Southern New England is Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, CT. At this farm 100 percent of the proceeds from flower sales are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut. They are completely sold out of flowers as of July 29th. In 13 seasons they have donated over a million dollars.
This week’s roundup of Friday Finds pays tribute to the flower of the season. Sunflower yellow is the perfect shade to transition into Fall while paying homage to Summer. The happy yellow hue adds just the right splash of color to any ensemble. I love that it can be worn across seasons. If a bright yellow knit sweater is too bold, the color can easily be incorporated for a more subtle look with an accessory such as these statement earrings or this leather tote with the cutest sunflower details. Yellow rainboots or even a yellow loafer are great for switching up a neutral look.
A couple of months ago I picked up a book fitting for this Friday Finds edition. The Sun and Her Flowers is a collection of poems simply and honestly written by the author to celebrate different stages of love. The prose is insightful and emotional. It’s a beautiful read.
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KIEL JAMES PATRICK
The most all-American, leaf falling, fire crackling, acorn popping, apple picking, pumpkin spicing, turkey roasting, eggnog nogging, coziest cabin, road trip tripping flannel dress of all. Prepare to hibernate.