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Happy Sunflowers

As I have my first Sunflower of the year and I know quite a few if us are growing them through previous discussions, I thought I would start a thread so we can post all our happy sunflower pictures image I hope no one minds.

Here is my Black Knight.

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 With the sun shining in it this morning it looks like chocolate image

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  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,368

    It is lovelyimage 

    Mine all died/ didn't come up...imageimage

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,607

    That is a beauty, well done, mine are no where near at flowering stage and then only old fashioned yellow ones.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Some of mine are shorter and I have some in pots, not all sunflowers grow very big though.  I have some called Brown Eyed Girl (which were old seeds and I won't be growing again a I can't find them!) and they only grow to 3-4' but have several flowers. Most of my others are nowhere near flowering  and I was surprised to see this hiding away.

    Lyn, nothing wrong with 'old fashioned yellow ones', I have some of those too.  I love sunflowers, I think they are such a happy flower image I have about 25 growing, of 4 different varieties......I should change my name to Sunflower Lady image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/flower-seeds/sunflower-seeds/helianthus-annuus-prado-red/1574TM

    Definitely getting these for next year, along with Italian White image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Oh no Pauline, I wonder why?  They are easy to grow usually, they must be because they are just about the only thing I've grown successfully before I came on here!! Not all my seeds germinated though, I think because some were old and a couple got destroyed in the wind earlier in the year. Are they getting plenty of sun?

  • Lily 3Lily 3 Posts: 49
    Hi Orchid Lady great thread ! Yep I do think you should change your name to sunflower lady ! And I'm with you, sunflowers are such happy flowers. Mine were old seeds, can't remember the name and as I've got a dog on my knee I'm not allowed up to check ! But they were supposed to be 6-8 foot. About half are flowering at 3-5 foot with small heads, so a bit disappointed. But more to come with side shoots. I'll try and post pics soon, but I'm not very technical.

    That's one of the things I love about living in France, fields upon fields of sunflowers that are SO beautiful. And it's great to be able to pick a few on the quite for vases in the house. Although not everything is rosey about life in France and I miss England alot.
  • Lily 3Lily 3 Posts: 49
    Ps - love your pics !
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    image Pauline, I lost a couple to slugs/snails that absolutely destroyed them in one night, my dogs have broken a couple after planting too.  It's just as well I did grow too many as in the end there is just enough. I hope the 4 you have give you lovely happy flowers and that you will share your pics with us.

    Thank you Lily, I think I would get banned if I changed my name again, it caused enough confusion when I changed it to Orchid Lady (it was Tracey Newbie!!) image

  • sunnysarahsunnysarah Posts: 62

    mine are ok at the minute, managing to keep slugs at bay. no where near flowering yet though.

     

  • allium2allium2 Posts: 413

    Mine are the same Sunny Sarah. Mine are still growing. No sign of flower heads yet!!image

    Yours look fab OL. Very jealous you have flowers.image

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