While many of the flowers we saw in the gardens of the historic bishop’s palace in Wurzburg, Germany, were bright and colorful, it was clear these sunflowers were being affected by the heat wave that had lasted for over a week in late June. The heat wave ended up lasting for about two weeks, with no relief in the form of rain. Every day was sunny and cloudless, and HOT.
Temperatures that would be considered normal for much of the United States in the summer are rare in Europe, where summer temperatures are usually in the 70s (well under 30ºC). The wilted look of this sunflower is how many of us felt!

For happier and more perky flowers, visit Cee’s FOTD 8/26/19.

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