A favourite sunflower…

variety is Musicbox,  which I’ve now grown for a number of years.  It’s a knee-high one, growing to around 30in/70 cm, which is ideal as they are rarely affected by the wind on my exposed plot. The plants are multi-headed with dark-centred flowers 4 in/10 cm across in range of colours including cream, mahogany and  yellow including some bi-colours.  As well as letting them self-seed in the autumn I also save seed, some of which I sow in pots on the windowsill  to plant out in late spring.

Regular readers may remember that last year one of the seedlings was much smaller than the others so I repotted it into a larger pot and kept it at home on the windowsill. It only grew to around 6 in/15 cm and the few flowers that bloomed were little bigger than my finger nail.  There’s another small one this year so I’m going to do the same again.

Here are some sunflowers Musicbox I grew in 2016.

Take care, and have a good week!

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17 Responses to A favourite sunflower…

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  2. menhir1 says:

    I can’t imagine a Sunflower being as tiny as a finger nail, unless Mr F. there’s something you haven’t been telling us about the sizes of your fingernails! Good luck with those.

    Do you mark out your plot places for your plants, actually on the plot? xxxx

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    • Flighty says:

      Menhir the flowers were little more than half an inch dia., and I keep my fingernails very short. Thanks.
      I do with some things when I’m planting and sowing, mostly vegetables and a few of the flowers. xx

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  3. Liz says:

    I like the look and size of your Musicbox sunflowers. In the seed packet display at the grocery last week, I could only find “Mammoth”, which I suppose says it all!

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  4. Jo says:

    I love the giant sunflowers which grow to great heights but I think Musicbox is a wonderful variety which allows you to actually see the flowers up close. Let’s see what your windowsill plant does in terms of flowers this year.

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  5. I’ve grown the large sunflowers but never ‘Musicbox’, they certainly look and sound a good variety.
    Happy growing 🙂

    All the best Jan

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  6. CJ says:

    Such a good idea to grow shorter varieties with more flowers. I sowed all of my old seed this year and none came up. I love the dark red ones, which I know you’re not as keen on, and they’re really tall and if I’m honest I don’t really have quite the right spot for them. I hope you have a good week, CJ xx

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    • Flighty says:

      CJ I prefer the multi-headed ones whatever the height. Good for you, and as you say I’m not keen on them. That’s a shame, a good spot always makes a difference. Thanks, and you too. xx

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  7. snowbird says:

    That is a lovely variety of sunflower. Bless the tiny one!xxx

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  8. nikkipolani says:

    Good progress on those seedlings!

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  9. Monica Singh says:

    It is the first time I have come across sunflowers grown in miniature versions. These would look lovely in a window garden. But the majestic of the original, gigantic sunflower can not be compared with this.

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