I didn’t have a lot of success with germinating or growing on sunflower seeds this year so it is indeed fortunate that the seeds left to their own devices in the cut flower beds last year, did grow and lucky too that I recognised them for what they were.
Several of the plants I moved to a wigwam at the end of a vegetable bed where I’m growing courgettes; they have grown well tied into the wigwam and I will grow them like this again in the future.
I’m often disappointed with how sunflowers look in by vases but I am pleased with this especially as it looks almost as good in the images as it does in life.
I know there is one plant of Italian White and another of Vanilla Ice; as others have said they are not easy to tell apart and I don’t actually know which is which in the vase but I can see they are different.
I think the dark sunflower is Claret (thank you Cathy) and the classic yellow above actually looks as if it may be a hybrid from different varieties in the garden last year.
I had intended using the Blue Denby jug for my sunflowers, as I usually do but they wouldn’t balance and looked ungainly, so I looked for a narrower necked vase and am definitely pleased with the result; who can’t smile when there are sunflowers!
Tomorrow is the 22nd of August and I will be posting a Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day post, I do hope you will be able to join me.
With thanks to our hostess Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, do visit her to see her vase this week and many, many other vases from around the globe.