again this year as they are one of my favourite flowers. I haven’t done too well with them the last couple of years, thanks to slugs and the weather, so I’m hoping to do better this year.
I’ve chosen three varieties to give me a range of colours and heights. All are attractive to bees and butterflies, as well as birds later on once the seeds have formed.
Mongolian Giant is, as the name suggests, a 14 feet/4 metres (!) variety that has huge yellow flower-heads, and seeds that are an inch long.
Musicbox is a dwarf variety that only grows to around 30 inches/70cm. The dark-centred flowers come in a range of colours including cream, mahogany and yellow.
Valentine grows to 5 feet/1.5 metres or so with lovely lemon-yellow flowers with an almost black centre. This variety is a popular cut flower as it has long, strong stems.
I’m also taking part in The Big Sunflower Project where the only criteria is that I’m willing to have a go at growing some sunflowers and sharing my photos and stories with the project about how I get on.
I’ll do periodic posts through the year about my efforts from sowing in the spring through to flowering during the summer and beyond.
It’s said that sunflowers (Helianthus annuuus) bring out the happy child in everyone, and they certainly do with me!
Happy gardening, and have a good week!
[Note that the two pictures are random ones from my media library and not of the varieties mentioned above]