Travel/Adventure

Sunflowers Are All The Rage Have You Seen Them?

Hey Cuties,

The family and I went on an adventure Sunday afternoon to Ladybugs Alive. Spoiler alert, this trip involved no ladybugs. Ladybugs Alive it a Sunflower Field in Southern Maryland, more specifically Chaptico, MD.  Last year folks were posting all of these beautiful pictures of sunflowers and I had the jelly. During this time last year we had a heavy rain season, the one day we headed it out it began to pour so we turned back around. 

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller

Ladybugs Alive by Designer Ag LLC opened its first maze, called Ladybugs Alive!, in June 2015.  Their mission is to blend agriculture, horticulture, ecology, and the visual arts through the formation of a sunflower maze to create a picturesque venue for guests to enjoy. They are family owned and operated. 

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

“Do what we can, summer will have its flies.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is the Sunflower Maze we were in.

The first flowers to bloom on our fields are buckwheat. Ten days later, mustard blooms. Buckwheat and mustard are utilized by the native pollinators as well as the honey bees that are kept on the farm. Two weeks after the mustard is done blooming, the sunflowers begin to bloom. This long period of floral availability is very much loved by the pollinator species. Sunflowers are typically in bloom for 3-4 weeks with weather being the primary factor of bloom time.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

Now that you have the backstory, let me tell you about the fun we had. I love this shot, because the Man-Child has turned into a model. His yellow polo was a perfect choice for the sunflowers.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

The scientific name for sunflowers is Helianthus.  Helia is the Greek word for sun, and anthus is the Greek word for flower.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

Because I am in charge most of the pictures are of these three. They have charts you can take into the Sunflower Maze to make it a scavenger hunt. LittleCuteLips has it on the clipboard under her arm. She has a dry erase marker in her hand and is being her normal bossy self.  Babe and the Man-Child had the maps and were in charge of leading the way. They abandoned the map quickly and we set out for an unguided adventure.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

LittleCuteLips was excited to check off as much as she could while in the fields. There are a ton of bugs whizzing around at all times. As dramatic and squeamish as I can be I did not flinch the entire time. The great thing is the bugs and bees are so busy checking for sunflowers that they are not thinking about us. Now, if you are allergic to bees this is probably a no go for you. Despite all the “life” that comes together in the fields nothing crawled on us.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

You have two options when entering the maze go halfway and exit early or continue on and do the other half. We did the entire maze and oddly enough it did not feel like a long time. Naturally we stopped to take pictures and such, how could I not. You’ve met me before, you are not surprised.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

Look at these two cute kids.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

I was not going to be left out so Babe and I had our turn.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

Family selfie before we exit, I hated that I didn’t have someone take this for us on my Canon. Nevertheless we had a great time. The temperatures were in the 80’s, it was sunny but not sweltering.  The weather was perfect.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

She marked off a good amount of items on her list.  She was concerned that she could not mark off clouds. I had to tell her it was okay that it was a beautiful clear day.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

This was a photographers dream, I continued to take advantage of the moment and utilizing the settings on my camera. I told you I was going to learn to work it. NAILED IT!

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

After we finished the maze we played some corn hole, and then had fun on the tractor. Babe was pretending to shift gears and race, he rides bikes so he can’t help himself.  I absolutely adore this picture.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

My turn…

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

Still on his model thing…

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

Then my girl…

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

Mrs. Moo’s Corner was hanging out so we had to indulge.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

She makes it look good, funny enough she has the “kid size” ummm, this is a kid size for people who know nothing about kids. I ended up putting it in a cup but she ate it all.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

This picture is the sum total of our relationship. Me rolling my eyes, and she making a face clearly showing how un-bothered she is by me.

Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze - DC Lifestyle Blogger

“Woods are filled with the music of birds and all nature is laughing under the glorious influence of summer.” – Charles Lanman

We came, we saw, we conquered, and we made memories.

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A day of fun was had at the Ladybugs Alive Sunflower Maze in Chaptico, MD. This is located in St. Mary's County. #Sunflowers #SunflowerField #SunflowerMaze

 

Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Sheena Steward

    I love that you posted the YouTube video. It helped me visualize your words even better. Family time is essential and I love that y’all always make it a priority. Now I must see if we have something similar here.

    • MimiCuteLips

      I was so excited when I found the video, it was the perfect visual. I love that we make these memories, someday they will be grown and doing their own thing without us.

  2. Lauren Floyd

    I love sunflowers. I was going to do them for my wedding but ultimately decided on mason jars filled with peaches and apricots- cheaper.

  3. Nkem

    Sunflowers are my favorite flower! I would love to do something like this. Looks like a beautiful experience made even more lovely by sharing it with family.

  4. Stacie

    You got some great pics Mimi. I’ve been seeing sunflowers on IG for years and I want to get to a field myself.

  5. Ola

    Well I need to catch up don’t I? I had no idea that sunflowers were the new “it” thing. Looks like you guys had a great time. I love the famly selfie!

  6. Carissa

    This looked like so much fun! And great family time, I always get nervous with the mazes because I’ve seen too many movies but I need to get my courage up and do it!

    • MimiCuteLips

      I don’t watch scary movies or I would have really freaked out. OMG! I would not do it at night time, but the sun was out and there were a lot of people.

  7. Tiffany Haywood

    They really are! I am seeing Sunflowers all over and I love it! I think it’s such a great way to nurture our environment and have a bit of family fun. We have one nearby that I think I may need to visit sooner rather than later!

  8. Kim

    This is actually pretty cool. But were you scared you would get lost int he maze?

  9. christiana

    i love sunflowers and i would definitely love to see a field of sunflowers. you obviously had a great time and your pictures look amazing.

  10. Kita

    Fun day out with your family. I love sunflowers. I call them the happy flower for me. Those carved ones are so cute. Now I don’t know about doing a maze. That reminds me of a scary movie. LOL.

    • MimiCuteLips

      We’ve done a corn maze before and I hated it. This one was cool, though I felt differently about it. They are happy flowers, they change your mood.

  11. Nicole of NLLMag

    This looks like so much fun! I’ve never been on a sunflower farm. The little one would so love this.

  12. Terri

    There are no sunflower fields in my area unfortunately. But after seeing your post on Instagram I was convinced I must recreate the photo. I’ve been going to craft stores to find sunflowers bunched together to do the challenge and haven’t had luck yet. LOL Since there never seems to be enough, I just might need to settle for regular flowers in the craft store until I find a sunflower field

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