Bed is ready and I bought the seeds yesterday…but now the weather isn’t cooperating. Record-breaking cold, in fact. Still, I should be able to get the seeds in the ground soon-ish. 22 hours ago
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Just now, I finished the bed I plan on putting the sunflowers in. This seemed an impossibility so long ago with the chemo, radiation and side-effects from both but I did it.
Next, buy seeds for the biggest sunflowers I can find! 3 days ago
Slowly working on the bed where I plan on growing the sunflowers but hurt my wrist so it’s taking longer than I was hoping. Also, although I originally planned to do the entire bed in sunflowers, now I’m going to plant them in just the back quarter so I can plant my usual veggies in the rest of it. 2 weeks ago
I hope to grow sunflower this year to counter-balance a tough year spent fighting breast cancer. 2 months ago
Yesterday I went to homedepot and bought three different types of seeds and some good soil. Today I pulled out some old buckets and planted the seeds. In about a week the seedling should be up and ready to be transplanted to where they will grow to be beautiful sunflowers… hopefully! 12 months ago
I never knew, until I grew sunflowers, that they grow so very huge. Very fun. Did this while I was in college. 19 months ago
How I did it: I chose the type of plants I wanted by the size, color and number of blooms as well as height of plants I've tried growing several different varieties over the years and each has its own attributes and rewards. Some varieties have multiple flowers as well as a season long blooming time while others like the tall mammoth sunflower usually grows a single large flower which seemingly has a short blooming time before it goes to seed. I found that all varieties are loved by birds.
I usually plant my sunflowers along one side of my vegetable garden close to a fence that I am able to tie the plants to when they grow tall and became top heavy. This keeps them from falling over on windy days and when the heads fill with seeds. I find that watering them daily when they are small is most important. A couple of times I've tried germinating seeds in pots before planting but it has never worked out well for me. I've planted rows of seeds 2 to 3 weeks a part and this gives a longer blooming time and allows me to see the plants at different stages of life at the same time. I wait for the plants to go to seed and harvest them and putting the heads in a dark cool, dry place until Winter arrives then put them out for the birds to feed upon in the Winter. Read how I did it… 21 months ago
Lila destroyed one of my sunflowers yesterday. She must have bitten it, or jumped on it. It snapped right in half.
It’s okay, though. The others are still doing well, and there’s a baby sunflower still that might survive. 2 years ago
Here are some pictures I took this morning in the backyard. I’m so thrilled at how much the sunflowers have grown!
And it turned out that one of them really is sprouting! 2 years ago
They are HUGE! Massive, I’m telling you.
I got excited the other day because I thought a flower head was about to sprout out of the top of one of them. Bu then I realized it was just another layer of leaves, oops! The time will come, I suppose.
I need to upload another picture. It’s been too long. Perhaps tomorrow, after work. 2 years ago