Jul 282014

Sunflowers (2 of 6)Sunflowers induce a smile on my face. Outwardly simple, they shout “Summer!” even if the rain is pouring. And this year, they’re having a ball in our gloriously hot summer.

Carla's sunflowersWe plant lots and save seed too. On the right is part of my friend Carla’s garden near Roma, Italy. The tall sunflowers are from seed I sent her. They love the heat of Italy and have grown enormous under Carla’s care.

We leave lots of the heads for the birds during winter. There are floods of finches and tits who perform acrobatics to get their fat and protein boost.

So I was very interested when my twitter friend Pete Taylor (aka 5olly) announced he was launching a Sunflower Trial for 2014. I even sent Pete some recipes for sunflower seed butter & cheese for his blog. It’s a sort of (non) competition and we received three packets of Thompson & Morgan sunflower seeds: Solar Flash, Magic Roundabout and Mongolian Giant.

Along we these we’ve sown and planted our own saved seeds (the variety’s name has been lost in the mists of time), Short Stuff, Hidatsa Sunflower (a staple crop of the Hidatsa people along the Missouri River) and Vanilla Ice from Ben at Higgledy Garden.

Here’s a visual update of progress to this weekend.SunflowersWe planted the sunflowers in a bed with squashes. You can just see a Hidatsa Squash trailing along the bed edge. Short stuff sunflowersHere’s the ones for the short sunflower part of the challenge – cute aren’t they?
Solar flash sunflowersThese are the other shorties – Solar Flash. Such dramatic flowers and huge leaves for a small plant.Magic Roundabout sunflowerHere’s Magic Roundabout, there are masses of multiple flower buds.Hidatsa sunflowerAnd a moody, Hidatsa above and in bud below.Hidatsa sunflower bud

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  3 Responses to “Summer sunflowers”

  1. Lovely I had seeds from Carla this year and Sollys Sunflower trial I grew them between my potato rows.


  3. I love sunflowers. They give so much and ask for so little. Good thing really, I am going to plant them all over the place this year and they are going to have to sing for their supper 😉

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