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Sunflowers +

26 May 2010 17:11:10
Sunflowers +

Sunflowers +

For better or worse, I started planting up my annuals bed today. I'm not sure this was the cleverest idea as I may need to cover it with fleece tonight as there may be frost!

I planted 23 sunflowers - 13 'Earth Walker' in a row at the back and two groups of five 'Claret'. They look silly tied to proper stakes now but they should grow into them. I then planted 72 Helichrysum (straw flowers). The Helichrysum was grown from seed I collected last year and I favoured the orange hues. Time will tell if that has made any difference to the colour flowers I get.

I am planting closer together than last year as it should mean fewer gaps and less weeding and staking.


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rosburke rosburke 26 May 2010 21:29:54

Wow, the sunflowers look great even now, much better than mine. The first lot I had were all killed off, the second set have only 4 leaves. Cannot wait until I get them to your stage.


Clara Clara 26 May 2010 22:50:19

Sunflowers look great will be lovely to see them flower there and you will see them from the green house.


Rachel Rachel 27 May 2010 00:07:12

Thanks, Ros & Clare. I always think it's not summer unless there are sunflowers. Ros, I'm sure yours are not far behind. I have a third kind 'Bicentenary' and they are much slower.


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