With apologies to Cathy at Rambling in the garden for stealing her title or being so late with the vase, which ever you prefer.
We arrived home on Monday evening and although looking around the garden was the first thing I did there wasn’t really time to pick any flowers; that had to wait until yesterday when I’d caught up with a few things. Gillian at Country Garden UK had asked me about which sunflowers I grow and as these are the first firsts I picked this week I will try to give a little info about which varieties, when sown and my thoughts on how easy they are to arrange.
As you can see there were a lot of sunflowers to pick plus I removed those that had finished flowering.
Sunflower Velvet Queen was sown on 13th April and planted out on 2nd May, I tied them to a (I thought) tall bamboo cane but they are now towering above me and must be 8 or 9 foot tall. The first flowers were much larger than those being produced now but their heads were so heavy they were difficult to arrange and they didn’t last long in the vase; these later ones are much better as they stand up better and I think they will last longer too.
There are three flowers all close together on the above stem, which I rather like.
Sunflower Vanilla Ice was also sown on the 13th April where as S. Moon Walker was sown on the 25th April and planted out about a week later than the others. I was convinced that one of these was S. Italian White but I didn’t actually get around to sowing those, I might even try now if I can muster the energy.
I like these smaller flowered varieties much better in a vase and they definitely produce a huge amount of flowers.
I also grew Sunflower Giant Single which did what the name implied and I have actually left two of these to produce seeds rather than use them in a vase.
One of my favourite sunflowers from last year was S. Earthwalker but they didn’t germinate this year; I will try them again as I loved the various dark, rich colours.
Do you grow sunflowers? Which ones do you grow?
I hope to start posting regularly again next week; I have been reading and enjoying your posts but I haven’t always been able to comment, again that should be back to normal next week.