Shortly before Kirsi was born, I planted a bunch of sunflower seeds. (I thought all the squatting would put me into labor. It didn’t. The only thing I accomplished was making myself hot, tired, and sore.) I planted them mainly as an experiment. I wanted to see if they’d grow and if they’d survive all the severe storms we’ve been having every summer. Last year I tried growing some sunflowers from birdseed, and they were ravaged by the derecho that blew through.
This year I upgraded and used seeds meant for planting. Most of them sprouted, and all of the plants are looking great!
I planted three different varieties. I’m at a loss now, as to what they were. I know I planted the mammoth kind at the front of the house and along the side near the flamingos. I think I planted black oils, but I can’t be sure. I planted a white variety as well, but the buds are looking awful yellow. Maybe they’ll turn white once they open.
I’m still waiting for buds on the mammoths. I love how tall they’ve gotten, and I think I’ll stick to just that variety next year. (I like being able to see them in the windows.) Sunflowers are my kind of flower. They take practically no care, and even I haven’t managed to kill them. 😀