Okay, don't tell the Black-Eyed Susans -- they might get jealous! But we're really, really obsessed with sunflower fields here in Maryland. How could we not be, when we have such fantastic ones? It's so easy to find a sunflower field around these parts where you can take the most Instagrammable photos imaginable!
If you're a newbie to the whole sunflower phenomenon, well, let's get you caught up. Every summer, local farmers plant enormous fields of sunflowers for visitors to enjoy. They usually bloom between mid-July and early September, depending on the farm and the planting time. Just scroll through your social media feeds -- if you have friends in MD, you'll be seeing posts from them playing and posing with these giant blooms. But why let them have all the fun? This is one instance where the FOMO is real; after all, the flowers won't last forever and you'll have to wait til next year. Let's make sure that doesn't happen!
As of the date of this posting, the sunflowers at McKee-Beshers WMA in Montgomery County are in full bloom, and will be that way for the next two weeks or so, so now is the time to run to get your photos taken! Just remember -- you're NOT allowed to pick these guys. But there are lots of trails and wildlife to enjoy when you visit, and nine fields of sunflowers to see!
Photo via McKee Beshers WMA.
The sunflowers at Rocky Point Creamery in Tuscarora are beginning to pop up, according to their Facebook page, so if you want to get your photo shoot sooner rather than later, this is the place to go. Buy a sunflower cutting for a buck -- all the proceeds go to charity! It's (as you might have guessed from the name) a fully operational creamery, so you can enjoy a scoop of ice cream after you're finished with the flowers. This has first date written all over it, don't you think?
One place where the sunflowers aren't quite in peak season but will be soon is The Sunflower Garden in Westminster! It's a pick your own flower farm, and all you need to do is bring a container to start working on your flower-arranging skills! Of course, you're really here for the ones that are too big to pull out of the ground -- and their photo gallery proves that they're worth the visit. The sunflowers here will peak around August 15.
Want lots of time to plan your visit to a sunflower field? We recommend Clear Meadow Farm in White Hall, which won't be in bloom until early-mid September. (They were only planted about ten days ago, so we've got to wait on them!) And if you've got a hankering for a burger for a last-hurrah BBQ, the farm sells local beef, too!
We're always on the lookout for our friends and fans enjoying the beauty of Maryland -- send us your sunflower field pics or tag us on Twitter and Insta!