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There is a huge field of sunnies on the way to the cabin and every time I pass them I think we should stop and take a photo, but never have yet.
Two weeks ago when we went they were all still standing straight and tall with black faces looking at the ground. What a sight!
I just can't get over they are still standing as mine collapsed long ago.
Thanks. Neither. I'm very bad. As soon as they fade/die back a bit, I'm yanking them out and planting new ones. I don't plant as many in the winter. They end up shorter with smaller blooms because the daylight hours are short right now.
The squirrels are a pain in the butt down here also. I have to start most of my Sunflowers in containers inside the pool screening and then transplant once they are a couple inches tall. If I direct sew the seeds I'll go outside, the next day, and see sunflower seed shells laying on the ground. It's more work for me, but the only option I have if I want Sunflowers.
I like "Red Sun" and "Soraya". I've planted "Jade" and "Apricot Twist" a couple of times, but found them a little disappointing. The blooms were on the small side and the colors were not what I expected. I just didn't see any green in "Jade". It was a light yellow.
I tried Sunspot two years in a row. Didn't do very well for me. Still have a package left so I'll try one more time next year.
Never had a problem w/ tree rats bothering my seeds planted or seedlings...they waited until I was letting the heads dry on the plants. Nothing I did...flash tape,whirly gigs on the fence scared them. I even tried tying bags and sheer material over the heads but they'd just chew thur the stem below the ties,toted the whole thing off and eat them at their leisure.
Now I get it. Those Sunflower heads drying out would be squirrel magnets. My problem here, in my neighborhood, is that the squirrels associate the scent of humans hands as a source for food. I have a neighbor who feeds peanuts to the squirrels in his driveway every morning. It "literally" drives me "nuts" as I dig up peanut shells all the time. He has them so domesticated that one of the squirrels lets my neighbor pet him. I've seen it with my own eyes!!! Even though I bury the seeds when I direct sew, almost every single one of them gets dug up within a day or two. It's like the squirrels are watching me and getting ready for their meal. LOL
Deer feeders? Aint baiting or even feeding deer in feeders or even otherwise illegal? I know it is in some areas...
I dont have a problem with either the 4 legged squarrels or the quad legged deers...but the birds go zonkers in mine. Especially the finches. I rarely see a squarrel and never have seen a deer in, near or by the patch. The bees love them and that is one reason we grow them is for the bees. The bees are getting to dang rare.
I broad cast sow a huge patch all sizes and kinds for cutting flowers.
There is a town called Onley that prides themselves on their albino squarrel population and in fact every one is encouraged to feed them.
They protect them there...! Go figure, a neighborhood just fer squarrels! Gotta be white ones though. Towns got Squarrel crossing signs! Silly squarrels probably run around with picket signs going dont hit me! LOL!
Yuh-Huh,do too have southerners in Florida...ya'll's the south too.
That's the reason I made BB honorary Hillbilly...even I don't understand her when she gets to talking southern and ...Honey,I'm just two steps down from Granny Clampett...without the millons from Texas tea
Nah, we don't have em here. The South ends in Orlando. Once you get South of Orlando, its all us transplanted Yankees down here. I almost never hear anyone speaking Southern down here. It's either Yankee English or hablo espanol.
No hablo espenol even though we have friends that speak mostly spanish. The wife worked w/ me when I had my flowerbed maintance/lanscaping business and we communicated thur pointing and sign language.The husband and youngest son have to be translators...the son having picked up english quicker than the dad and sounds dang near american.I have to listen to the Dad real hard to understand him even then I still have to say"Luis,I didn't understand a d*** thing you just said". He usually just laughes and says"Momma you so locco"
Kids always pick up a second language faster. We have tons of people down here who speak perfect English, with do detectable accent, and then just flip it right into Spanish. There are areas in South Florida, where the street signs are in Spanish.
Well, meanwhile back at the ranch.. trying to look at seed catalogs and oh my,
has a super rainbow selection of sunnies!
How I ever got on their list is beyond me, but oh so glad!
Soraya - deep orange
Red Sun - red
Jade - light green (NEATO!!!)
Apricot Twist - white and yellow petaled (Double Neato!!)
Moulin Rouge - burgandys
Razzmatazz - rainbow of color
Bohemian Rhapsody - rainbow of color
Double Dandy - yellow orange
Summer SUnset - rainbow of color
Hiya Blossom. There must be at least 100 varieties of short, tall, and mixtures of Sunflowers. I'm guessing I've tried at least 50 different one in the past couple of years. Have one box of seed packs that are just Sunflowers. Here's Sunflower "The Joker" blooms from this morning.
I find myself with a sweet tooth so I'm going to do a chocolate bed next year and hope to find a short or dwarf sunflower ina "Chocolate" color
I already have:
Iris "Hot Chocolate"
Daylily "Chocolate Kiss"(my own OP)
Purple Smoke Bush that a smokey chocolate bronze color
Lorapetalum in simular color as smoke bush
Chocolate akeba vine seeds sewn and hopefully will sprout next spring
Nicotiana "Hot Chocolate" seeds
Digitalis"Milk Chocolate"seeds and plants
Penstemon "Chocolate Drop"seeds
Silene "Purple Prince"plants
Just purchased seeds:
Delphiniums"Kissed by Chocolate"
Aquilegia "Single Black"(have a bed that goes from sun into shade)
I do believe I have pepper seeds Black Hungarian and a chocolate jalapeno or might be cayene. Would like to find seeds for mini chocolate sweet bell peppers since we're not doing big veggie gardens this coming spring,I will plant edibles in the flowerbeds and containers so they have to be "prudy"as well as edible.
No telling what else I have and what else I can find that will fit the theme.
Patty. You must must must visit www.chocolateflowerfarm.com. Even if you don't buy from them, you can come up with many other chocolate colored flowers you can add to your "Chocolate Bed". How about some chocolate colored cosmos, hollyhocks, papavers, primulas, salpiglossis, scabiosas, violas, dahlias. They're all there on that website.
I've ordered from them once in the past. It was the chocolate garden seed kit and a chocolate candle. I remember it was nicely packaged. Delphiniums don't work here since it's way out of zone and there's no winter dormancy period. I'm trying to grow Larkspur, from seed, for the first time. Most Larkspur are 180 days to bloom from seed. That wouldn't work here either, so I ended up trying "Imperial Giants" which are supposed to mature in 90 days. So far so good. They've germinated and are growing
I feel ya amore. Lots of beauties I'd love to grow if it wasn't for our humidity.
I gotta try there "chocolate" delphs. As well as d.nudicaule"Fox"(don't hold me on species spelling),d.zalil and c. cardinalis. Probably just putting them on death row but I'm gonna give it a shot. I started a delp.thred on the mid-south forum and someone said they had successfully grown...???...geesh,can't remember the varity now...but planting them in partial shade in a well ammened bed and made sure they were watered properly so stand back I'm going in...LOL.
Larkspurs do really well here...almost to well in some beds.
BB, I've sewn seed for the chocolate foxgloves 2-3 x and finally got some plants. The seem very picky about watering and the dang scale love all the slick leafed digitalis.
Sometimes you can get flowers to work for you, out of zone, if you make some good decisions regarding when and where to plant them. You might as well give it a try Patty and start "small" with just one of two plants of a specific variety. If they work out you can always buy more. If they don't, at least you tried and you're not out much money. I've failed miserably with quite a few out of zone flowers. The few successes, as in Echinacea and Reblooming Bearded Iris, have made it very worth it to me.
There's one Delphinium named "Blue Butterfly" that does work down here. Its a short Japanese Delphinium that can be grown strictly as an annual.
The most chocolatey colored flower I have, would have to be my "Black Voodoo" hibiscus (photo attached). The most chocolatey Sunflowers I've grown would be "Moulin Rouge" and a newer one named "Chocolate" from Johnny's Selected Seeds.
I'm about to have a kanipsion fit...I can't find my penstemon Chocolate Drop seeds.
I grow probably 80-85% of my plants from seed. I get them bulk wholesale so I can kill a bunch until I finally have success...LOL
Is it the Chocolate Farm that has that corydalis Chocolate Star? I think it is. I have that on my 2010"Gimme List" although I haven't had much luck with the hybrids. Killed a whole tray of 72 of "Blue Panda" one year. Ouch! That hurt.
Yeah Chocolate Farm has Penstemon Chocolate Drop seeds in their Perennial Chocolate Garden Seed Kit as well as Corydalis "Chocolate Star (as a plant). Penstemon "Chocolate Drop" seeds are also available at Diane's Flower Seeds and Summer Hill Seeds.
I have several brown hibiscus, but Black Voodoo is the most brown. It will be more readily available in 2010.
I planted a ton of sunflower seeds this past summer and after a very long time, only 2 came up. But they were both beauts and lasted forever. They were the kind that have multiple flowers on one plant, which I like. I like the ones with just one flower per stem but I like to plant the multiples too and never know which is which. If anyone has good varieties of the multiples to advise me on, let me know so I can be sure to order the right ones!
I hear ya BB. I still have my little daylily dog I grew from seed and named Chocolate Kisses...or was it Brown Sugar Baby after my DGD? Sent you some fans many years ago. I need to move mine because the shrubs and trees have got too big and shading it too much too bloom.
Sumbody needs to take my cc away frowm me and hide it. I just placed two more orders for "chocolate" seeds
Oh yes. I got some of them Tithonia seeds also in the past week or so. Probably gonna wait until spring before I give them a try. I'm a little lacking for spring and summer things to grow down here, so they'll be a good fit.
I'm curious as to how this Tithonia diversifolia (Bolivian Sunflower Tree) is gonna do. I received the plant from Annies Annuals about 3 weeks ago and it's growing quickly. It's supposed to grow to 10-15 feet, in a year, with many 6-7" sunflower type blooms from approximately Nov-April each year. Sounds like a "monster tree".
Mmmmmm. I think she prefers chocolate colors over chocolate fragrance...perhaps. Here's my "Bolivian Sunflower" baby. I just repotted it, up a size, two weeks ago and the roots are coming out of the bottom already.
Bolivian Sunflower is also referred to as "tree marigold". It's a tropical treelike plant that can grow to 10-15 feet in a year full of 6-8" sunflower like blooms from approx Sept - Feb/March. The best pictures of it are in the plant files section of this website. Just type in "Bolivian Sunflower" when you are doing a search.
Nice photos. I grow them yearround, but not to the extent compared to 2 or 3 years ago. Visiting family in NY State, at the moment, and was at a few nurseries looking at plants and seeds yesterday. I thought I had tried just about every Sunflower out there, but I guess not. Found some seed packs of a few varieties I had never heard of before. Looking forward to trying them out when back in Florida.
Grown bunches of dwarf Sunflowers in a container before that looked nice. Just jammed a whole bunch of them in the container. My Strawberry Blonde doesn't have as much "strawberry" it in this year, but its still nice. Others are coming, but in various stages of growth so that they don't all bloom at the same time.
LOL! The one I got in a basket is a volunteer, must have been a birdie!
The deer decided our sunny patch was a diner this season so dont know if any will bloom. Thats ok though, thats what the sunnies are there for for the wildlife. Just you would think they would wait untio they bloomed! LOL!
Well, it has been primo growing weather! Everythign is growing like weeds including the weeds! Ha!
Got rain up the kazoo today, but oh well, no complaints on that even though they are tlaking 3-5 inches and potential flooding. Like were not used to that stuff. Just can the big winds though, man, we do not need any more toadtwisters.
So ok, Im seeing germ on a few nasties, marigolds, cleomes, allysum, statice, violas, petunias, I cheated and got some white, pink and dark pink impatiens and some really prerry purple vinca, got a really pretty double impaiten in a basket that looks like a peppermint candy, got a couple hanging baskets, polka dot plants, asperagus ferns, licorice plants, blackie sweet potato plants, some varigated thing I dont know what it is , some purple creeper, a couple other misc.
Guess I am back to gardening.. well as I can. I go in spurts.. then I over do, then need a break.. this getting old stuff is fer the birdies.
Nothing wrong with cheating and buying some flowers instead of growing them. I wouldn't call it cheating. I'd call it smart. Last couple of years have decided to only grow from seed things that I'm almost 100% sure I won't find locally. Not likely to grow pansies or petunias from seed anymore, since there are many choices at some point during the winter here. Sometimes they sell dwarf sunflower plants, but not gonna spend $3 for a plant that's gonna bloom for a couple of weeks max. Those will always be grown from seed since they're short lived.
Glad to hear someone's getting rain. June is supposed to be wet here with an average of 8 inches of rain. Maybe an inch total so far this month. Temps are running 5 degrees above normal, which is a lot for here. Feels like temps are 105-110 practically every day and low temps at night are staying at 80 instead of low/mid 70's. Other than that everything is wonderful. LOL
No critter pests here although my brother in Sarasota, FL is having a battle between his Sunflowers and the lime green colored wild parrots. They have been swooping down, like kamikaze pilots, landing on and pecking at his sunflower heads. they completely trashed his last bunch of sunnies either pecking at them or snapping the stems when they land on them. He went to Home Depot and bought 2 large plastic owls and hammered them onto the top of the fence. LOL So far so good.
Well, my cheating heart got a deal on some $2 flats for pink petunias, purple vinca, polka dot plants, white with lav eye dianthus, pink, white and dark pink imps, mixed small head marigolds and a couple baskets at $2@ (one was a pretty peppermint double imp, then 2 were combos of chenille plant, lantana, some purple plant I have know idea and some others crammed in and some 25c 3 inch pots that got a nice selection of stuff for making more baskets. the 25cers were asperagus plants, licorace, blackie sweet tater vines, somvarigated creepy thing, some creepy purple plant all that I will have to note what they are on their lables. 18 of those in all. WHat a bargain!
I potted some 35 baskets this morning mixing the pink petunias, vinca, polka dot plants, purpl vincas and the white/lave dianthus, then poked in a couple flats of the dark pink and light pink imps in the cutting garden for border plants and moved around a bunch of pots. I absolutely need to get going and get my tomatoes situated and the zukes and cukes. I think my cukes are where they will be for the summer, they already wrapped their tendrils on the fence so they are gonna stay in the big pots and go for it. I will have to fertilze them.. My Loofas are needing their space to go to too...
I directed sowed the cantalopes,watermelons and punkins to those patches.. they were a wee weedy but in done.. no way we can culitvate them now so what comes comes.
Got out on the prairie and took some more pix...
Hope its not too humid tomorrow so I can do more work outdoors. I think I finally got hte bug to finally get gardening...been a tough start.
Man , now I have a ton of work and we just got a little over an inch of rain, so there goes mowing.
Soo , this gardening stuff, am I now overdoing it? I go in spurts...as I am able!
Heres that sunny in a basket.. go figure, it partnered with some strawberries!
So in other words... you got a lot of stuff Blossom. Maybe its a Strawberry Blonde Sunflower with the strawberries. They'd get along well I'm sure...like family. LOL
Speaking of dianthus. About 6 weeks ago my Super Raspberry Parfait Dianthus looked like they were dying. I got lazy and just cut them to the ground and covered them over with mulch instead of yanking them out. Would have never guessed those 4 plants would all reemerge and start blooming again like brand new plants.
But Jon, I cant, I made it to the sunny bed and...EUREKA!
Up through the ground came a bbbbbbunch of...
Awww crud, this is gonna get me canned..
a bunch of dang BBBBLACK . (__-__-__) sunflowers...
NO KIDDING, thats the name.
And I planted a ton of them and they are every where...
Give ya a hint second word sounds like EARL!
So anyways, thar she be...shes immature, but give her a bit of time and she willl be a horse of a different color in the center in no time!
(Oh God I am trying soooo hard to not say the O word!)
Ok, moving on...
The Giants out there that I had got topped of by deer... Yup, ate the heads clean off. SO I do not know if there will be any of them left. Its hard telling because there is a patch that looks like the big ones, but they are no taller than the Black - - - ones. So the patch can go either way since the seeds was mixed up a bit.
(I best go back to my corner in the GARAGE.. I hear theres some good eating thar!)
its been pretty dry here and the sunny patch is a tad wilted, but the birds are having a field day with our little patch. Im glad they are starting to enjoy them. The finches are so beautiful and we get some blue birds and orieles out there too so it is nice to see the pretty birds.
I think I will do the Black Earl ones again next year..
We have the "Beach Sunflowers" down here. They're like a low growing ground cover that grows in the sand with 2-3 inch sunflower like blooms...mostly year round. Kind of ignored them for years and have now taken a liking to them.
ok... the infamous sunny in a hanging basket...guys I need to put a cap on my strawberry baskets to keep the burds from doing this to me... their littering seeds every where! They will be popping up next season I am sure.
Things are quiet out by the pool. It's pretty much in between growing seasons right now. Most stuff has been planted and its about 6 weeks before I can start growing things from seed for winter flowers. Just keep a few things out by the pool right now. Late August/early September is when I'm most busy during the year. I've always considered it to be the beginning of the gardening season.
Here's a couple of pics from out by the pool this afternoon. This is Exacum "Navy Star" & white Canterbury Bells.
This is the first year I've had some calla lilies blooming since their initial blooming year. The second year I just got foliage. This year finally seeing some blooms again. This area behind the pool I pulled out the hibiscus to give me some empty space to work with. Taking my sweet time filling it in with things. Here's some different colors/varieties of Echinacea there this afternoon.