For some friends,  including Daffy and Midwife’s Muse,  it’s not been a good week so I thought that I’d do a post on the flower that is seen on many allotments,  and which surely brings a smile to anyone seeing them.

This is a giant single but it’s barely 3 feet high with a flower no bigger than a saucer!DSCN1496

Perhaps it feels somewhat overshadowed by this oneDSCN1497which is close by on George’s neighbouring plot being well over 6 feet tall with a dustin lid sized flower!

Back on my plot there are several of the smaller multi-headed varieties such as Autumn BeautyDSCN1477and PasticheDSCN1506

I think that this is another lovely looking sunflower just over the path on George’s plot but is facing mine!DSCN1498

I love them all and as well as growing the familiar giant singlesDSCN1479again next year I will also be sowing the wonderful looking variety Vanilla Ice which Beginninghere very kindly sent to me some months back but which I didn’t use this year.


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22 Responses to Sunflowers

  1. midwifemuse says:

    Thank you for the beautiful sunflowers. I was far too late this year with germinating mine so they are still lanky seedlings languishing in the greenhouse.

    • Flighty says:

      Midwifemuse you’re most welcome! All these are from seeds put straight in the ground, some as late as early June.
      Never mind there’s always next year Take care! xx

  2. NiC says:


    Yours are way ahead of ours, none are in flower yet!

  3. daffy says:

    They made me smile Flighty! You are a green-fingered little flower yourself! Many thanks. x

  4. Sunflowers certainly do have presence. How nice that other plots grow some as well. Sharing color is a neighborly thing to do 🙂 I do hope those vanilla ice seeds will be well behaved next season. We can but try!

    • Flighty says:

      Beginninghere they do indeed! Most allotmenteers grow some flowers. The grass paths between plots are only two feet wide so we are very neighbourly!
      I’m looking forward to growing them. That is definitely a gardener’s motto! xx

  5. Glo says:

    Sunflowers do brighten the day, and how thoughtful of you to add some cheer to those who are grieving 🙂

  6. nikkipolani says:

    Poor Daffy and Daffy’s Dad. I hope your sunshiny sunflowers will bring a smile. You’ve got quite a lot to choose from at your plot!

  7. mylozmom says:

    they are stunning Mike! I have NEVER seen a red sunflower before. Breathtaking. they are one of my favorites!

  8. Daphne says:

    Gorgeous! Who could be sad when looking at a sunflower?!

  9. re says:

    Sunflowers are always so cheerful they seem to have happy smiley faces!

  10. crazykites says:

    i don’t always have a comment to make but if they had a “like” function on blog posts, i’d “like” ur post. take care!

  11. Gerry says:

    Just dropped in today to see what’s growing and found myself landed in a blaze of sunshine! Our sunflowers are barely beginning to show, as we’ve had a long, long, spring, with no summer at all to speak of. I enjoyed seeing your young robin, and the rose, and that jeweled beetle . . . Thank you for a very nice time wandering about your garden.

    • Flighty says:

      Gerry you’re always welcome to stop by and see how the plot is doing! When you start listing the highlights like that I then realise just how lucky I’ve been.
      I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Cheers.

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