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.
“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.
“Do what we can, summer will have its flies.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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. Sunflowers also suck up soil nutrients like a vacuum and can make the soil very weak if you continuously grow it. So if you are thinking of growing your own sunflower field you might want to look into plant nutrients to keep the soil replenished.
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.
The scientific name for sunflowers is Helianthus. Helia is the Greek word for sun, and anthus is the Greek word for flower.
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.
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.
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.
Look at these two cute kids.
I was not going to be left out so Babe and I had our turn.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Still on his model thing…
Then my girl…
Mrs. Moo’s Corner was hanging out so we had to indulge.
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.
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.
“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.