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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Free freshly harvested organic sunflower seeds for my followers while supply lasts!

Ok, I've decided to harvest some seeds from the first batch of sunflowers - the ones that bloomed first. The tall ones, called "Mammoth" variety. They grow about 5-6' tall, but the actual head is not all that big, but it varies. That's what they look like:



...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:


honeybeecrochet@live.com.


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 ;-)


9 comments:

Pammy Sue said...

Hi Doris! I would like to have some of the smaller ones' seeds when they become available. They are all pretty though. Thanks for the offer!

Linda in New Mexico said...

What a super idea. My monsters reseed and I love them so I won't ask for any of yours but how generous of you.
I'll send you a picture of my dried smaller sunflower heads with organza and sparklies. I think they turned out pretty cool.
Once again, great idea bout the seeds.
Oma Linda

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They are really quite pretty! I'd love to have some - do you still have my address?

Ginny said...

Love your picture of the bee! Wow, you do have all different kinds of sunflowers!!! I would like some, but think I'll wait till you are offering the smaller ones, we just planted some of those big ones yesterday! You really do have a green thumb!!

Chatty Crone said...

Okay that fluffy white flower at the end is the cutest.

The est of the flowers are gorgeous - God does such a great job doesn't he?

And I think I'll skip the sunflower sandwich. YUCK!

You are so darn sweet!

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Liebe Doris,

Wir haben hier mal versucht um Sonnenblumen zu züchten aber die werden sofort aufgefressen hier. Es gibt soviele Eichhörnchen und auch Vögel wie die grosse Blue Jay. Ja, ja in den Niederlanden machten wir es jedem Jahr als Wetbewerb wer die höchste züchten könnte. Das war Jugend Naturwacht... Gut um Kinder etwas zu zeigen über Wachstum im eigenen Garten.
Deine Crepe Myrtle sind auch sehr schön, besonders die weisse, voll mit Bienen die alle naschen.

Lieber Gruss,

Mariette

Ann said...

All your flowers are so pretty. I love that rust colored sunflower.

sprinkles said...

Just emailed you!

You have such beautiful flowers! I love those white and pink myrtles.

marianne said...

Wonderful pictures Doris!
I always love to have a dried sunflower like that to feed the birds. My friends always have them.
I am not good at growing anything ..... I have tried sunflowers also but without result.
And yes Gizzy is the star flower!