It is Fabulous Flower Friday! Our focus today is on Sunflowers.
I have to say that I am a huge fan of perennials, but sunflowers are one of the few flowers which I love to plant every year.
They love full sun, and in our windy area I have to have supports for them. I’ve just done some reading on them, and honestly everything I read doesn’t hold for me so that leads me to believe that sunflowers will grow anywhere and in any condition!
We usually start seeds in late spring in medium sized pots inside where I have a sunny hallway. Then we plant them in the garden after all chance of frost has passed.
There really is very little extra work involved in care, other than supporting them. This year the stems on the large plants were more than two inches thick! Their roots were substantial, too, which left me fighting with them when it was time to pull them out!
I did save the seeds this year, but I might have waited a bit too long before I gathered them. We’ll see!
Sunflowers provide beauty in the garden through the entire fall and well into the winter, too if you leave them be!
And that’s a wrap. What variety will you grow this year?
Love sunflowers but never grew any in our New England gardens because of squirrels, chipmunks and deer.
Ah, I’ve completely forgotten about the deer, squirrels and chipmunks! They are lovely animals, but a pity the havoc they create in the garden! (a havoc I don’t miss!) 🙂