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Sunflowers at Twilight A Garden Friend Series

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To my father who taught me, "The earlybird gets the worm!"

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Sun is setting. Light falls. Evening shades of blue, of violet,

of a soft golden glow holding gently to the edge of billowing clouds.

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Arched horizon gives a yawn, catching the lowering sun.

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Patterned fields sing with color, hush now, lullabies hum.

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Candy wrapper stripes of sweet musk melon,

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ice cream shop awnings of round cantaloupe, trailing fuzzy vines across the warm earth.

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Honey bees sleep, folded legs under,

resting their wings, clustered together.

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Yellow wax beans bordered by dotted cabbagehead rows. Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


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Striped rows of juicy cantaloupe press against a zucchini patch.

Blueberry bushes bursting with color. Patches of mint lay low to the ground.

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Blackberries bend, stretching into soft shadows.

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Silky skin eggplants hang from their beds,

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BIG TOM's sag on old wooden stakes. Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


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Shovels standing wheelbarrow resting night crawlers ascending from tiny moist holes. Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


Open windows usher bed-time sleep. Evening breeze, chirping crickets,

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Sweet darkness falling, warm clouds descending stars faint glow in moonlit sky.

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Dark shadows looming nightshades blooming cicada strum a night time song.

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Snap peas and pod staked up to the sky, fill my mouth in one crunch.

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Sunflowers rest, facing east, hanging heavy heads.


Twilight turns to dusk,

to dark,

to dawn. Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


Sunflowers and Cabbage Rows at Twilight acrylic on 48x48 canvas

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BLACKBERRIES SUPER FOOD POWER: Antioxidants- helps your body fight infections and slows down cancer cell growth. Vitamin C- gives your skin a boost and keeps your blood and heart healthy so you can exercise and play! MINT SUPER HERB POWER: Mint helps you digest your food and keeps your breath fresh. Try chewing a little mint after eating dinner! Vitamin B6 - makes melatonin in your body, which helps you fall asleep at night! Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


Garden Friends in this book. Blackberries and mint are garden friends! When planted next to each other the strong scent of mint keeps big beetles from eating the delicious blackberries! Mint covers the blackberry bushes protecting them from strong winds and weeds. Bush beans and cabbage are garden friends too! Bush beans have tiny hairs on their leaves that trap small insects. This protects the nearby cabbage from being eaten. When grown as a bush, beans cover the ground and help keep weeds from forming around the cute cabbageheads! You can care for your friends too! Like mint and bush beans, when you see a friend being picked on by kids, you can stand beside them and let them know you think they are special and will stick by even in hard times! Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


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Meet the artist: Rachael Van Dyke lives with her husband in a tiny house in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her home is very tiny- about the size of most kitchens! It is also off the grid. That means, she collects rain water off the roof of her house to wash her dishes and clean her paint brushes. The house has electricity made from the sun using solar panels. Every day in the winter Rachael collects firewood and heats up her little house with a wood stove. Rachael's work is inspired by the many hikes she takes in the mountains. She also enjoys bicycling and photographing all of the beautiful old barns, farmhouses and animals in the fields. She is learning, just like you, about growing her own vegetables and flower gardens! Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


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Profile for Rachael Van Dyke

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