When I first started the sidewalk native plant garden – way back in 1998 – I planted lots of sunflowers. Each year sunny, funny-faced flowers swayed on stalks six feet tall and taller. People asked how I grew them. It was easy – put the seeds in the ground and wait. People still ask me about the sunflowers. In fact someone just asked me about it last week.
For the past few years, now that the garden is fuller, when I put the seeds in the ground and wait, nothing happens. There isn’t as much sun and it seems that the seeds and/or seedlings get eaten before they make it to adulthood. Well this year is going to be different! I purchased lots and lots of seeds. I’m planting them in pots and in the ground. I plan to transplant some of the container-germinated seeds into the garden when they are big enough to withstand munching.
I purchased the following sunflower seeds:
Ring of Fire
Moulin Rouge F1
Autumn Beauty Mixture
I bought Mammoth and Dwarf at Home Depot (and I’m not proud). The rest I purchased online from Harris Seeds. I tried several local nurseries but they were only selling the small packets and they didn’t have ones I wanted. Most of these are the short plants that will do well in pots. They were selected with a maturation date of June 12th on the nose.
In celebration of sunflowers from earlier years enjoy the following pictures.