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Sunflower 'Black Magic'

14 February 2012 17:42:02
Sunflower 'Black Magic'

Sunflower 'Black Magic'

Bought seeds today of one of my favourite annual plants. This sunflower is a stunner, deep dark flowers on black stems. The leaves even have complimentary black veining. I'll have to protect the seedlings from the slugs and then stake carefully. One year I tied the young plants to bamboo canes with soft string. I didn't take into account the rapid growth of the plants and how quickly their stems grew from skinny whips into broomstick wannabes. Over a couple of weeks, unbeknownst to me, the string had dug into the stems, strangling and weakening them by the day. Then when the plants were just reaching their full glory - SNAP. They broke at the point of tying and all was lost. Still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it now     : ** (((

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TinaJ TinaJ 14 February 2012 18:55:02

The very same thing happened me last year!

Beautiful sunflower 












fran m fran m 14 February 2012 19:32:17

Looks great, hope your not doing too much ;-))

ladygardener ladygardener 14 February 2012 19:41:54

Slugs got mine overnight last year and it was the first time I'd sown an annual

ClaireE ClaireE 14 February 2012 21:33:39

Dark sunflowers are my favourite, I love this one!

Rachel Rachel 14 February 2012 23:25:44

Tree stakes and tree ties for sunflowers - the only way to go!


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