Sunflowers are a wonderfully sunny happy flower that should be in everyone's garden.
Sunflowers come in a variety of sizes from 2 1/2 feet to a giant 10 plus feet. Their shapes vary from single blooms to double blooms and the size of their blooms can be from 3" to over 10" in diameter. Their colors go from tones of yellow, oranges, creams, and reds. Some have brown centers and others yellow center.
Sunflowers are super easy to grow. Plant Sunflowers in a sunny location and depending on the seed size is how deep you should plant the seed. Follow the instruction on the seed packet. The shorter varieties of Sunflowers you can plant in large containers. I personally like them in large groups, and planting a variety of them. Sunflowers also make great cut flowers arranged in perhaps an antique vase.
Hey did I say Sunflowers are great for kids to plant and make their own Sunflower garden. I have seen where the giant (10 footers) are planted and kids can walk in amongst them.
Watch the Sunflowers through out the day and see how the flower follows the sun. In the morning they face the east and then in late afternoon they are facing west.
Sunflowers are the bright spot in my garden for me and the many birds who enjoy their seeds, like the American Goldfinch, Chickadee, Sparrow, and many more. Sunflowers will self sow (re seed) and come back year after year depending on how many you grow.
Being that my schedule is so busy lately with art shows and getting ready for college I will only be posting once a week for awhile. Probably on Thursday or Friday. If time allows I will post more often and when shows end I will post more too.
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