Monday, October 05, 2009


A property owner in the Mesilla Hills west of Las Cruces has several acres of perennial sunflowers that he has planted, evidently for erosion control.  Every fall, his hillsides are visible from miles away when the flowers bloom.

Here's a medium view.  These plants are drip irrigated.  Keeping them alive during the summer must take an enormous amount of irrigation water.

A close-up.  The flowers are busy with bees.  I don't know how much honey they produce, but they obviously produce something, or they wouldn't be so popular with the bees.