I grow sunflowers…

every year as they’re such cheerful flowers, and great for wildlife.

I’ve tried a number of varieties, of varying colours and heights, and really like the knee-high Musicbox that I’ve grown the past couple of years.  One advantage of this dwarf variety is that they don’t need staking, unlike taller ones.


The past three years I’ve supported the good cause The Big Sunflower Project with a link over on the right-hand side and posted pictures of sunflowers I’ve grown on the Facebook group page.  I’ve also written several guest blog posts on the Projects website,  the latest of which was earlier this month.

This year I’ve saved seeds to give to Toni, who will send them to participants next year.  It looks like there’ll be well over tw0 thousand   Musicbox seeds and nearly five hundred of the yellow unknown variety that appeared.  I also hoped to save seeds from the red and yellow Ring of Fire flower heads but the parakeets and/or squirrels got them.


Have a good weekend!


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16 Responses to I grow sunflowers…

  1. Jo says:

    They’re such lovely, cheerful flowers. I’ve started buying sunflowers to have in the house, they’re not really a flower I’d have put in a vase a few years ago but I love them, they’re such big blooms that they really make a statement.

  2. Jade says:

    Very beautiful, cheerful and useful flowers indeed. I think I’d prefer Musicbox to the taller varieties too. It’s incredible how you could save so much seeds in just one season and calculate them all. Your generous gifts to others are commendable!
    Thanks and same to you!

  3. Liz says:

    Sunflowers are indeed cheerful flowers. It’s been a couple of years since I grew them. Musicbox look like a manageable size.
    How do you choose which projects to support?

    • Flighty says:

      Liz they certainly are. I think you should grow some next year. If I see one that appeals then I read up on it and follow for a while before deciding to support it or not. xx

  4. Sunflowers are so cheerful.
    Good wishes to you too for the coming weekend.

    All the best Jan

  5. snowbird says:

    Such lovely flowers, I love them as a cut flower, they last for ages, such good value.xxx

  6. nikkipolani says:

    What a great idea to share those seeds. Goodness, you didn’t count them did you?

  7. menhir1 says:

    Wildlife certainly knows what it likes…all that nourishment. Are donated seeds tested for their healthiness;I also wonder if they go through some kind of cleansing process?

  8. Carrie Gault says:

    Oh Flighty, you sent me a lovely collection of Flighty’s Favourite but I planted up 6 of each, they did germinate but not a one grew into an adult! What did I do so wrong? – I can usually grow them well. I’m so glad yours went so well.
    The marigolds were lovely though xxx

    • Flighty says:

      Carrie that’s a shame. It happens sometimes, and I’m sure it was nothing you did wrong. That’s nice to know. I’ll send you some more seeds in the new year. xx

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