...and a close up:
(I never allowed the exterminators to spray that area, so they are not chemically treated at all!)
I saw that the birds were not eating them and they were just dropping to the ground, so I went out and collected them. I'm finding that I'll have way too many to keep for myself, so I want to share with you, my dear blogging friends who are my followers.
I thought I'd package them in 20 seeds and this way everyone can have some. If you want less, just let me know. I think growing sunflowers is pretty easy, as long as they are in a sunny location and you give them plenty of water, just like any other plant. I fertilized them a little with some Miracle Grow, but not very often. They pretty much took off without much of my help, other than me supporting/staking them once they got too tall. My friend has a bamboo grove where he lives and brings me some bamboo stakes when I need them.
It took less than 90 days for them to mature and blossom from the time I planted the seeds. I started them indoors the end of February, but now that it's summer, they'll probably grow even faster.
If you want seeds, just write me an e-mail with your address and I'll be happy to mail you some. My e-mail address is:
While I have your attention, I want to share more blossoms from my yard that I took this morning. I found a bunch of bees on both the red and white crepe myrtles and of course, the sunflowers. I never see them on the roses. I guess they don't like roses if there's other stuff around?
Here are some close-ups of the smaller variety of the sunflowers I have blooming now. They are from a package called "Evening Sun Mixed Colors" and once they turn to seed, I'll be offering some of those too.
Here's a pretty light yellow dainty looking sunflower:
This one is a lovely rust color:
Here's a painted two-tone colored sunflower:
All the above pictured sunflowers grow to about 3-4' tall and some of them have three or more blossoms on the end of their stem:
The bees love them no matter what the size!
Thanks for visiting and have a lovely, sunny, sunflower kind of a day!
Hey, what about me?
(why you are the most precious flower in my garden, Gizzy!)
p.s. If I find that I still have too many sunflower seeds, I think I'll try sprouting some for eating on sandwiches and in salads. I looked at several instructional videos on You Tube. To me the following directions are the simplest, even if the guy explaining it seems a little goofy - in a cute way ;-)