Last year there was only a handful of sunflowers on the plot so this year I sowed lots of seeds to hopefully have a few more. I thought that I’d included some Giant Singles but if I did they didn’t germinate, but never mind as there are plenty of others.
Most are the variety Ring of Fire which has numerous colourful red and yellow blooms. They grow to around five feet, and one plant has nearly twenty flowers on it.
I read this morning that it was the second hottest July on record so it’s not surprising that the sunflowers have tended to struggle a bit as they weren’t watered much. The blooms haven’t lasted as long as usual and the lower leaves died off quickly. However they’ve been buzzing with bees and have provided lots of colour at eye level.
Next year by way of a change I’m thinking of growing the taller, up to ten feet, multi-headed varieties Earthwalker, which has darker blooms, and Moonwalker, which has soft yellow ones. I shall probably also sow a few Giant Singles, and there are bound to be some self-seeders from this year.
It’s said that sunflowers bring out the happy child in everyone. I agree wholeheartedly as they certainly do with me.
Have a good weekend!
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