Ladies and Gents, I kid you not:
That is a mammoth sunflower head. 😀
Today, while I was sitting on the porch with Eva, I heard a crack and saw one of my mammoth sunflowers plummet to the ground. I don’t know enough about sunflowers to know whether the seeds in the fallen plant’s head will ripen now that the plant is broken. I cut off the head anyway and brought it onto the porch.
It was by far the biggest flower Eva had ever seen. And it was yellow. She spent some time carefully investigating the bloom, then moved on to plucking the petals. I’ll leave it on the porch to see if the seeds become viable, but I have my doubts. It’s a shame really, because that was one tall plant!
The rest of my mammoths are still standing, and I hope they stay that way. I need at least one to ripen so I can harvest some seeds!
It’s finally happened, folks. A mammoth sunflower has bloomed.
I’m surprised that the bloom is so small. Well, it’s not small compared to other flowers, but it’s smaller than I expected. It’s also on one of my short stalks, so that may be why.
I’m looking forward to seeing if the larger stalks produce bigger blooms. Then I’ll collect seeds from the largest heads for planting next year. 😀
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. 😀
I’ve been pretty busy lately with family activites and my “job.” I know I haven’t been posting often, but it’s not due to lack of material! I took on some cleaning gigs for a couple of family members to earn some extra cash. Gotta support my habits!
Today I snapped a couple shots of my gardening triumphs. Up first, one of my black oil sunflowers:
And, as an experiment, I decided to leave some jalapeno peppers on the plant until they fully ripened and turned red:
Eva’s been well. Here she is digging through her basket of toys:
I can’t believe she’s already 9 months old! Last weekend Kai and I took her to my cousin’s house to get her picture taken. The shots turned out AWESOME. Get ready for some Eva overload, because I’ll be sharing them in my next post. 🙂
I think it’s about time for an update on my plants’ progress. Up first, my dark purple African violet:
I’m hoping that that right there is the beginning of a seedpod. This particular plant has more than one of these swollen looking things, so I may be wrong. I’m going to try to think optimistically, though. I did hand-pollinate more than one flower.
My bell pepper seedlings are looking awesome. I’ve never had pepper seedlings get this big, so I’m in uncharted territory!
The two different kinds of sunflowers I planted are growing bigger every day:
The violas have begun to grow their true leaves:
The carnations are slowly adding height:
The foxgloves are getting bushy:
And my one lonely columbine seedling is doing well:
I’m so excited that we’ve finally hit April. Only another month’s wait until I can transfer these guys outside!
My carnation seeds have started to sprout! Nothing else in my flower seed tray is showing signs of life, but I’ll take what I can get. So far I can see seedlings in two of the five cups. I am beyond ecstatic. 🙂
Today, Eva and I went to her grammy’s house to plant surprise pansies. We spent a couple hours outside preparing the area and planting. Eva slept through most of it.
I took the liberty of surrounding her mailbox with flowers. She never plants anything there, and I don’t know why. I love the look of mailbox gardens.
While I waited for Eva to wake up, I googled information on Mexican sunflowers. My mother-in-law gave me some seeds, and I wanted to research the proper care. While doing that, it dawned on me that I could try planting regular sunflowers, too, using some of my mom’s birdseed. I found some black oil sunflower seeds in the basement and stole a handful.
I’ll plant these guys later tonight. It’ll be cool to have some ginormous flowers in my garden come summer!
Before ending this post, I’d like to share a picture of my Tete-a-tete daffodil. It’s still blooming, but the leaves have spread out quite a bit. I hope that’s not a sign of trouble. I’d like to keep it as an indoor plant if possible. If I can’t, I may have some daffodils it could join out near my shrubs. Something’s coming up out there, and I’m pretty sure it’s daffodils. I think the guy who sold us the house may have planted flower bulbs. 🙂