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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

May 29, 2009
1:07 AM

Post #6611623

Well, I was just in the cafe and terri was talking about a sunflower contest so I thought I would start a new thread for the contest. There are no rules, just post your pics and tell us about them! (Of course, terri can pick the winners since it was her idea so I crown her judge for this contest!! LOL!)

Here is my babies as of a day or two ago that I had potted in my greenhouse...time to transplant them...they were about 5 inches tall... These are mammoth sunflowers. The seed came from a sunflower head that was 18 inches across. I do not expect mine to get that big due to the plants being in really poor soil in the garden, but time will tell. These seeds were growing in a clump of seeds that were way to close together out in the sunflower patch we have started and so I scooped a few up to transplant up to the house yard and potted them when they first gernimated. Its time to bump them up to a bigger pot or put them back into the garden..

Well, ok, thats mine for starters...usually I plant a huge variety of small headed cutting sunflowers, but this year we did the whole big patch in these. If they do get heads, we will be feeding a lot of birds! There are thousands of these in the plot we started!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2009
1:25 AM

Post #6611703

Well I am sure to win bb because when I stand next to my giants LOL and I am just shy of 5' myself they are gonna look huge, so you may as well throw in your moppin towel right now at 5" LOL! This is gonna bee a hoot!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 29, 2009
10:38 AM

Post #6612900


Thanks for the new thread Blossom! We will let the tape measure or stick be the judge ok?
Mammoth sunflowers? Woo hoo! Your seedlings look ok, mine are looking bettter LOL!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2009
11:43 AM

Post #6613002

Okay Terri, if we must! LOL
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

May 29, 2009
12:15 PM

Post #6613076

Well, those are the spindly ones... the better ones are in the back forty... hehehe!

So ok, its a race to the top!

Im not bragging until the very end! LOL!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2009
12:43 PM

Post #6613162

Me either, let the best man win!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 29, 2009
12:45 PM

Post #6613167

or woman!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

May 29, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #6613585

Kid!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 29, 2009
6:40 PM

Post #6614562

This Birthday present gave the idea!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 29, 2009
6:42 PM

Post #6614573


More seeds!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 29, 2009
6:43 PM

Post #6614584


Some Seedlings!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 29, 2009
6:46 PM

Post #6614598


Good Luck with your Sunny Sunflowers everyone!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
1:06 PM

Post #6625781

those are some seedlings. Glad mine are taking their time and storing up all their energy for the contest!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 1, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #6626116

Terri wins the "straight" seedling contest hands down.. mine are spindly in the pot so I concede to hers!!... but heres mine out in the field...

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
2:45 PM

Post #6626218

Well they are looking good out in the field. Hope they don't tire themselves growing so fast. Mine are still asleep waiting for just the right moment to start a growth spurt! LOL
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
3:47 PM

Post #6626479

I think I'll put my "Cheap Hoe" scarecrow out there in the field to keep the critters from eating those lovely sunflowers BB.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
11:44 AM

Post #6630068

Thanks! I am sure they wil appreciate that! So far the deer are leaving them alone. Dont really know what eats baby sunflowers!

We got 2.5 inches of reains last night. Hope they are not pelleted into the ground. WIll have to go take a look see later.

And that surely is some CHEAP HOE! LOL! That would keep anyone away! Excepting of course another "Hoe"! LOL! It can work my corner in the garden any day!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 2, 2009
12:53 PM

Post #6630284

I figure she is the spittin image of me in the garden in years to come LOL!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
6:28 PM

Post #6631775

Well, in that case, you are both adorable!!

I was out at the sunflower patch and holy cow what a difference the rain made. Trouble was I forgot the camera so I gotta go back out again.

Back in a while.

Perhaps you should consider starting a CUTE HOE BEAUTY contest! What a thread that could be!!! hehehe! Calling all Hoes! Shall we "dolly' up our garden implements???!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 3, 2009
2:07 AM

Post #6633833

Ok, I am back from the main sunflower patch here... they are doing great! The rain helped them and so here ya go!

So set your weary hoe bones down and gaurd these will ya!! Hehehe!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2009
12:03 PM

Post #6635134

Oh man, they just look too good to be true. I think I saw mine poking through yesterday, but could just been weeds LOL!
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

June 3, 2009
7:06 PM

Post #6637106

Last year, I planted a variety of sunflowers, mostly the 6 ft tall type. This year, I have volunteers popping up in strange places around the yard and in containers.

In this photo, you can just barely see a sunflower bloom peeking in from the left side. Just to the left of the slanted tree on the right you can see a small volunteer about 8 inches tall. In the stacked containers in the center of the picture are two flowering sunflowers growing from the top of two container stacks. The shorter one on the left with all the small blooms was probably planted by a bird. The 6 footer on the right I transplanted from a pot. I keep deadheading the smaller one and it just keeps pumping out blooms. I guesstimate about 20 blooms so far. The tall one has flowers blooming about 10 feet in the air. It can be seen by passersby from the road sticking up there above the 6 ft tall privacy fence. Those sunflowers are not staked or supported in any way, just their roots growing in the top pot of the stack (each pot is 2 1/2 gallons). Last night, strong winds did not blow them down but did blow over an 8 ft tall stack with tomato's growing out of the top pot.

If you look close in the top part of the photo you can see a bird. I figger he is the one planting all the sunflowers and came back to look at this handiwork.

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Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

June 3, 2009
7:12 PM

Post #6637146

Here is a close up of the sunflowers taken on the 23rd of May.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2009
2:41 AM

Post #6639150

For the last several years we have put in a large plot of a variety of sunflowers, the type you use for cutting. Thius year we just put out the mammouths and well, maybe we will see some volunteers of the others, but I rather doubt it. Time will tell!

Jaywhacker, your gardens are very nice!

We just broadcasted the seeds, so I have areas that are too thick and probably too thin, but most should do ok providing we dont dry up. They are in pretty poor soil here. Although we did incorperate som ehorse manure and wood chips for humous!

The birds will have a field day later.
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Right now I have goldfinches or oreiles and some purple finches feasting on the seed from a nearby birch tree and today as teh day got longer we kept seeing more and more. At one time I counted around 60 plus! It was pretty neat to see all those yellow birds taking advantage of natures bounties.
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

June 4, 2009
4:52 AM

Post #6639643

I live on a limestone ridge with about 2 inch's of top soil so can only do container or raised bed gardening. Last year I experimented with two gallon size nursery containers growing sunflowers of the type to be sold as cut flowers. I do believe container sunflowers could be profitable on a relatively small scale if succession planted throughout the growing season here in zone 8. They are day neutral and will crop in about 60 to 70 days depending on type of sunflower and weather. I do believe I could get three crops a year. Even my late season crop of sunflowers had some nice flowers although they did not grow to their full height as the weather cooled off.

It would be fun to plant all 16 sites of one of my grow poles in sunflowers. Just for kicks...hmmmm? Should I??
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2009
5:51 PM

Post #6641636

Well, Jay, I think that is a decision only you can make...it would be cool though!!!

Heres our plot of broad casted mammouths today... what a difference a day makes after a rain...

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2009
5:56 PM

Post #6641651

Heres the hub standing in the patch.. I think they are abot 10 inches now. Unbeleivable how fast these are growing.

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gardener2005
Baton Rouge area, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 4, 2009
9:18 PM

Post #6642408

I just wanted to share a old picture of my son when he was two. This sunflower grew through winter and bloomed in early spring when it was about 4 feet tall. My son loved the Big sunflower!!! and we had to get a picture.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2009
10:53 AM

Post #6644802

Awwww, now thats a winner!
gardener2005
Baton Rouge area, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 5, 2009
3:47 PM

Post #6645844

Thank you. My boy is no longer a tiny tot and this picture will be treasured. :)

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2009
5:51 PM

Post #6646375

As well it should!!
gardener2005
Baton Rouge area, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 5, 2009
6:06 PM

Post #6646433

Oh my!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=6626479

That will do it!!! LOL!!!
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 5, 2009
9:34 PM

Post #6647326

I haven't even planted mine yet. Do I win something for last place? LOL
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2009
6:33 AM

Post #6648958

Everyone is a winner here! So whatcha waiting for???!
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 6, 2009
4:05 PM

Post #6649990

I need to get some row covers. I'm going to plant seeds directly and the birds will eat them all if I don't cover them. But I LOVE sunflowers - gotta have them!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2009
6:15 PM

Post #6650500

mine are gaining on 15 nches now! Tonight they are predicting rain.. we will see what they do over nite again! LOL!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 9, 2009
11:12 AM

Post #6662555

Welcome jaywalker and gardener2005 glad you found us here. Now jaywalker that is some significant raised bed gardening you have there. Quite the unusual planters and I really like how you have placed them up on your tables, quite clever and gives nice depth to your gardens. Gardener, your little gardener is cute as a button under that sunflower, so nice you have that fond memory in a photo.
The sunflowers are quite huge everyone, mine are still quite tiny. I agree that we are all winners here LOL, by the way blossoms are growing they will be long finished before mine even bloom!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 9, 2009
4:35 PM

Post #6663830

Hi Jaywalker and gardener 2005 welcome! Thanks for sharing your sunflower pictures.
Love the raised beds with the tiered planters great idea!

Candee, I won't be getting my tallest sunflower until late August/Sept, sounds like Blossom will need her tape meaure before us!

haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 9, 2009
5:10 PM

Post #6663988

I think she has been doing some measuring already, only not with a tape she is puttin her hubby to the task. I think I'll measure mine using my legs as they will look huge in no time, short as my legs are.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
8:49 PM

Post #6664848

LOL!!!! Well, least we are all having fun.. now are we s'posed to shave our legs first? Of course some of us could win this thing by a hair... or is that hairs!
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 10, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6665802

What, I have to shave my legs? Not until July when I'm on vacation in 100 degree weather and am forced to wear shorts or die.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2009
2:44 AM

Post #6666631

Not even in 100 degree weather do I wear shorts! As for the hair.. well that is only for my nair dresser to know for sure! hehehe!

Ok, the hub is 6.2 eyes of blue...will the mammoths top him? They are nearly his knee high in some portions of the plot! The race is on!

Who else has mammoths? Or even grey stripers going?

This is an old pic...

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2009
2:45 AM

Post #6666638

That head is 18 inches across.. thats the parent of my babies! Yup, where they all began!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2009
11:42 AM

Post #6667613

LOL, don't have to shave here, well maybe the chin LOL! But due to the PAD the hair doesn't even grow anymore! I wear shorts all the time btw, I think I got some great Tina Turner legs! They don't work as well as they should but aside from the bruising from the drugs when they aren't banged up they are in quite good condition! So I'll be flashin some flesh when my sunnys start to pop up!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2009
1:35 PM

Post #6667948

Well, flashing flesh might be fun for some... but wont that make the CHEAP HOE jealous? LOL!

NOPE, no shorts.. only time I wear shorts is in the house...not outside. No flesh flashing outside here! I need to preserve my Coppertone butt! LOL!

My flesh flashing days are over.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2009
2:46 PM

Post #6668233

LOL, not me bb, I was born a flasher I guess.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 10, 2009
2:53 PM

Post #6668270


Watch out Jaywalker, Candee will be dancing on your raised beds next!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2009
2:56 PM

Post #6668286

You know me too well!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2009
10:00 PM

Post #6670033

Sunflowers are planted in front of the building where I work. Can I count those as mine???? LoL.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2009
10:05 PM

Post #6670052

Well will ya looky here...now these are SUNFLOWERS!!! LOL!

They are gaining fast on ole 6 foot 2 Eyes of Blue here...

Got my hub in there for a measuring stick!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 10, 2009
11:30 PM

Post #6670418

What do you mean? they ARE yours Dianne! Well spotted, great find. Look forward to seeing how those turn out. I wonder if they are mini's? lol.

Well, well, well, what do we have here??? very interesting! Handy stick man measure you found!
Thanks for the update Blossom, your little patch is doing quite well. LoL!






























Heck, they are big!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
1:45 AM

Post #6671116

Nah!! Just a wee bit of trick photography!! LOL

He was kneeling down! snicker!!!


Here is the true shot!!







I just had to have some fun with that! He got down to pull a weed and there I was with his camera and I got to thinking.. hmmm Jurassic sunflowers! LOL! I was gonna make him lay down so they looked over his head already, but could not quite get him to twist his head just right!

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Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 11, 2009
11:59 AM

Post #6672480

LOL knees or not they are huge and so are yours Dianne. Think I better bow outta the contest while the getting is good. Not sure I see a sign of mine coming up and having a similar problem with the zinnia seeds as well. Planted tons of them and repeated that about 4 times since may and hardly a seedling is comin up. Not sure what the problem is, too much rain? Insects getting them?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
2:00 PM

Post #6672892

Hail?!! Oh, I just had to get that in. Beleive it or not, quite a few of ours had trouble germinating too so hang in there and plant some more!

We got 1.5 inches of rain again today... I think that is what is booting ours plus a healthy dose of horsemanure when we planted. They are in pure sand without it otherwise.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 11, 2009
2:25 PM

Post #6672977

You had me fooled!!! lol. good one.

Ok, game on...

Candee, we can grow a few sunflowers ...no probs!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 11, 2009
3:19 PM

Post #6673167

I am going to get more seed this weekend and then that's it!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 12, 2009
6:19 AM

Post #6676840

Yay...I get to be in the contest since I got the official word from Terri that those are "my" sunflowers LoL. I have no idea what variety was planted. I think they may be more of the 3 foot high ones that the farms around here normally grow for commercial use - but, they may turn out to be tall, towering ones with huge heads.

Blossom - you had me fooled.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2009
2:28 PM

Post #6677732

That was fun! Hey does this count as a sunflwoer???

Its a heliopsis called Summer sun!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 12, 2009
2:29 PM

Post #6677740


NO!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2009
2:31 PM

Post #6677751

Whaaaah! ...why?






Ribbet
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 12, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #6677776


Heliopsis is a summer flowering Daisy not a Sunflower...




















Soz! lol.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 12, 2009
2:37 PM

Post #6677780


Nice try ...!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2009
2:38 PM

Post #6677785

Oh soooooz dats Y???!!! LOL


OK, you win!





Back to swamp for me, Geek had green slime soup and I dont want any on my scales! It might mess my weight up at number #20!~


Ribbbbbbet
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #6677792

Well, beat me to a post will ya...HEHEHE!



Ribbet...clang clang.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 13, 2009
5:58 PM

Post #6682617

Well the rest of you might as well just bow out, cause I win hands down!!! I went out this morning and I guess it has been all the rain or something, but this guy pulled up to admire my giants and he got out of his car and was kind enough to pose for me. I didn't even use miracle gro!

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Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 13, 2009
6:00 PM

Post #6682620

I was able to get a blue jay to hover over so I could take one from above. The man was really nice and said he thinks this one may make the Guinness Book? Wow!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 13, 2009
8:48 PM

Post #6683166

By golly, that guy almost looks like GW! No fair getting the Bushmaster to help! But I will give ya credit for the bluejay! LOL!

my shot for the day...just you wait until this crop of "minis" max out! They will make the Jolly Green Giants tire there look like a donut for King Kong! LOL!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 15, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #6690795


Your all cheats!!!!! lol.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
6:00 PM

Post #6691022

Hey, now, watch your tongue!
LOL

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 15, 2009
7:26 PM

Post #6691469


SOZ! You didn;t have me fooled this time even with your helpful chap! lol. Very creative.
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2009
11:29 PM

Post #6697686

Just went to plant my sunflower seeds and I seem to either not be able to find them or don't have any! How is this even possible?!?!? So I'm off to the nursery in a few to get me some sunflower seeds and also zinnia seeds which I seem to have spaced on. geez!

Today I got planted:

small herb planter with 2 kinds of parsley, marjoram, and italian oregano
little decorative planter with ivy and pansies
small planter with heuchera (coral bells) and geranium
another small planter, also with heuchera and geranium
corn
artichokes (probably too late for this year but should be good to go for 2010!
pansies as a border in one of the vegie beds

Working at the theater tonight (I take tickets on Tuesdays in return for free movies, popcorn, and pop), then coming home to wash up some dishes I unpacked yesterday from a box from the garage and polish some silver, also from a box from the garage. Have been drinking caffeine all day so I won't be tired when I get home from the movie (that Matthew McConnohay/Jennifer Garner movie). Slowly but surely am getting my act together!

Oh, also scored on a free chicken run today, chatted with a neighbor/friend who hopefully is going to build me a chicken coop, and also talked on the phone with a woman who is hopefully going to build me a chicken tractor. Getting soooo close to the chicken dream! Have a friend who's heading over to eastern Washington/Idaho who might be able to pick up 2 speckled sussex babies if they are ready. I might have chicks in my house by next Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2009
2:21 AM

Post #6698574

Gwen, whatza chicken run? LOL!


I scored some herbs today too. Have not been out to the Sunflower patch today, but its raining tonite so I expect them to be waist high or better and thats without the tricky pics!


Did you say zinnias???? Is it too late to plant them>? Hmmm... I must dig my seeds out. I have been too much into petunias this seasopn.. Just got another bargain for a flat at $2 and 10 pots of herbs for 25c each...

Meanwhile back at the sunflower patch...
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 17, 2009
2:23 AM

Post #6698584

Now pardon my blonde but what the heck is a "chicken tractor"? Sounds like you are really gonna have your hands full here soon on the farm. Perhpas you better check with elle she can tell you it isn't all fun and roses LOL!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 17, 2009
2:24 AM

Post #6698594

I just planted zinnias again for the 4th. time this season thanks to all the rain or something. They just would not come up and I had tons of seed I had harvested last season.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2009
2:35 AM

Post #6698658

A chicken tracter is a portable chicken run that lets the chickens graze confined and you can roll it around the farm. I still wanna know what a chicken runs...

Well, I am off to look for those Zinnias, Guess we cant be too late... spring was late so what the heck, I may as well try!

Hustling off to the GPS4

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2009
5:05 AM

Post #6699296

Ok, I am back From the GPS4, pant pant...and on the way... well...no cheating, the real thingee.. 6.2 Eyes of Blue in the sunflowerpatch and yup, standing legal.



So my number is #20? Is that a for sure?

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 17, 2009
3:47 PM

Post #6700644

A chicken tractor is a small portable chicken coop (often triangular shaped or rectangular) that you either pick up and carry with handles or has wheels like a wheelbarrow that you move around so the chickens can graze in different areas. Some people do it so the same area doesn't get so dug up; I'm doing it so my chickens will weed my garden for me!

Don't know if it's too late to plant zinnia seeds. I bought some yesterday and in they go today. I just planted corn yesterday and still haven't done beans or peas yet. Is it too late? I guess we'll find out. If nothing else, they'll grow, just may not flower.

If your zinnia seeds didn't come up and you're sure they're not 'old' seed, then my guess is the birds ate them. The birds will eat every seed I plant unless I cover the seeds til they are well sprouted. I start a lot of my stuff inside a greenhouse during the winter but some things are best started in the ground. I cover those eithe with a row cover or with other little devices. Those green plastic strawberry containers turned upside down and pinned down over the seeds work well.
flowertips
Haslemere
United Kingdom

June 17, 2009
7:10 PM

Post #6701586


I've heard on the grapevine terriculture's Sunflowers are very impressive. LoL!
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 17, 2009
8:41 PM

Post #6702035

Just in from planting 5 kinds of sunflowers and covering the seeds with row cover. Whew! Why is everything more work than anticipated?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2009
11:38 AM

Post #6704573

Your making it too hard!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 18, 2009
12:52 PM

Post #6704789

Gwen, I started some inside and transplanted and they croaked. Then the seed as I said on many occasions and each time they were covered. They appear to be comin up now finally this last batch. I think that between the rains and then the lack of sunshine perhaps they just couldn't get a good strong start.
I have an idea who your tipster is there flowertips, perhaps I think I'd take that rumor with a grain of salt LOL!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2009
2:25 PM

Post #6705260

We just tossed ours on top of the dirt and many barely got dirt for cover...

Must go look for my Zinnia seed...I think I can still give those a whirl even as late as it seems. We had a late spring, so I am anticipatine fall will be late too. Dont know until ya try!

Haighr, loooook out for that mud ball, things have been getting deep to overflowing back at the cafe.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 24, 2009
3:02 PM

Post #6731754


Going to check on the little darlings today! Hope to have pics later.

Sunflower raffle, 25 Sunflowers planted.

Here's what's gone... numbers, 3, 4, 7, 15 and 20. Everything else is up for grabs, pick a number if you would like a Sunflower in your name!

Any sign of yours coming up yet Gwen? number 3 is looking good!
I'm growing Zinnas this year Blossom, they are starting to get buds now. How are your Sunflowers?
How are 'Yours' doing Dianne?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
3:18 PM

Post #6731834

Well, terri, this roving reporter of the sunflower patch has goodnews.. they are neck high as I stand in the patch. I hope to have pics later, but you know how that goes...the pizzy lil camera is having brain farts.

Usually I do zinnias too, but this year I forgot all about them. To much clean up yet from the ice storm and the place I normally plant them has gone grassy.

I did seed in some panys seed in some of my petunia hanging baskets and I am trying some loofas rather late. My tomato baskets are getting flwoers now! But they have not really started to hang down in the baskets yet. Well time will tell on those.

Was I supposed to get a few more tickets from you?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 25, 2009
12:39 AM

Post #6734281


Number 14 has gone to dalfyre and Lucky 13 for Candee, Blossom you are welcome to some more!
You were going to set aside a couple of yours for me... LoL!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #6734337

Ok, then you pick the lucky numbers!! You can give Bloomers one too if you want. She'd like that.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 25, 2009
1:00 AM

Post #6734356


ok! lets see, Bloomers can have 21. trade 2 of your GIANTS please... lol!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
1:03 AM

Post #6734369

2 biguns coming on up.The are in a secret hiding place right now.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 25, 2009
1:05 AM

Post #6734377


Thanks Blossom!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
1:14 AM

Post #6734409

No problemo mate. We are in this thing together. Soz didja get in the garden to see the new inventory of blooms? When you hit the dirt there back at belles, I thought you was in shock. Sorry I had to leave you and run, but Bloomers is reliable and she got you up.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 25, 2009
8:46 PM

Post #6738164

Hot off the press - some of the sunflowers have overtaken my height, as you can see from the pic.

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 25, 2009
9:56 PM

Post #6738448

Gorgeous. And the sunflowers aren't bad either. :)

Come on, tho, admit it. You're really not an inch over 3 feet tall, are you? ;)
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 25, 2009
10:17 PM

Post #6738546

Hi Gwen - just a tad over 3 feet loL. I was 4 feet nine and a quarter inches, but I have been shrinking...
And the best part about these sunflowers, I don't have to lift a finger to take care of them.
and, at work, I always have my key around my neck because I have the tendency to place my keys down where ever and whenever, and got tired of looking for them.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2009
9:19 PM

Post #6742592

Well the rye grass to the right is about 6 foot tall...the sunflowers to the left...A-hem! LOL!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 27, 2009
3:48 PM

Post #6745415

WoW! double WOW! I give up already LOL!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2009
5:54 PM

Post #6745836

Nope, no giving up.. yours are out there hiding.. I am not telling you yet which are yours, but they will be a huge surprize!!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 27, 2009
6:27 PM

Post #6745910


Ohhhh ok then. .I'd better get the miracle grow out.. LoL!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 28, 2009
12:21 AM

Post #6747195

Your choice.. However I prefer the organinc way whenever possible
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 28, 2009
12:23 AM

Post #6747202

ok, no miracle grow... lol.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 28, 2009
9:00 PM

Post #6750477

:(

Sad news from this sunflower patch.. due to lack of moisture, we are shrinking... Whaaaah!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #6753617

Yikes, I think I will have to bow outta the competition, think the groundhog or bunny got to mine, don't have any idea where they went.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 29, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #6753642


13!! unlucky for some... LoL!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 3, 2009
6:25 AM

Post #6771598


I had to climb a tree to take a pic of this one!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 3, 2009
6:27 AM

Post #6771600


Getting taller everyday!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 3, 2009
6:28 AM

Post #6771603

Just look how thick the stalk is on this one!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 3, 2009
6:34 AM

Post #6771607


Little sweetie!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2009
12:44 PM

Post #6771977

you go girl...if i dint get some rain, the spares are cooked...dangggg!
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2009
2:55 PM

Post #6772403

How long do sunflower seeds take to germinate? I planted some at least a week ago, covered them with row cover so the birds wouldn't get them, and only have 1 or 2 germinated so far.

I planted corn on the same day and it's all up and growing fine.

I planted 5 difference kinds of sunflowers so I don't think I had a bad batch.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2009
2:14 PM

Post #6784221

LOL! GOT RAIN!! Whooo hoo!, but dangggg its humid!

Patience dear gwen, patience, hopefully they are coming!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 6, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #6784337


Gwen, I sowed another batch a couple of weeks ago and only a few are starting to come up.

terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 15, 2009
4:07 PM

Post #6822607


How are your Sunflowers doing everyone?

Here they are alll growing well and the seeds I put in are also coming up.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 15, 2009
4:10 PM

Post #6822628

Numbers 16 - 25

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 15, 2009
4:11 PM

Post #6822630

Numbere 1 -15

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

July 15, 2009
4:25 PM

Post #6822718

Not well at all. Very few seeds even germinated and those that did are still puny!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2009
4:37 PM

Post #6822757

Aww, gwen, give them some water and a lil fert!

Terri! Goodness girl, you are going gangbusters on yours. I have not checked our big plot, but we got rain this morning so I bet they are nice and perky now. Will have to go see!

Will report back tomorrow if possible!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 18, 2009
9:44 PM

Post #6835610

Looks like I do have a sunflower in my garden. I thought that this was one of those short decorative ones, but it is getting quite tall! Not as tall as my "other" plot in Davis. LoL.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 19, 2009
12:16 AM

Post #6836049


Looking good Dianne!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 19, 2009
6:38 PM

Post #6838184

Man, my guys are sure looking poorly now... they need rain.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 19, 2009
8:00 PM

Post #6838412


AWwww dear, I'll help out with the watering Blossom!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 19, 2009
8:45 PM

Post #6838558

Thanks dear, they are gonna need a fire truck tanker to water that plot. I think we are gonna need some more volunteers! They are truly soooo sad.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2009
11:49 AM

Post #6840869

I think there is rain in the forecast BB. I bet they will perk right back up very soon! We shall keep fingers crossed.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 20, 2009
11:55 AM

Post #6840887

Fingers crossed...
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 21, 2009
1:01 AM

Post #6844084






Gwen, number 3 has fallen over and broken off... So sorry!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 21, 2009
1:04 AM

Post #6844095


I put it in a bucket of water and took all the leaves off, maybe the flowerhead will still open?

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 21, 2009
1:06 AM

Post #6844099

well i checked them... some are over my head! they perked ... i forgot to take a pic though
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 26, 2009
9:32 PM

Post #6868340

Tada! It is a head of a sunflower...!

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2009
2:58 AM

Post #6869450

Hi Everyone! So sorry I've haven't been over for a while! And I'm extra sorry now after realizing I missed this contest!! I've gotten all your nice messages and thanks a bunch for sending them!!! Theres some sunflower seeds floating around here that I saved out of Bella and Cocos breakfast mix so maybe they'll turn into something amazing and will be a winner :D I've got some dwarf 'Teddy Bear' sunflower seeds too, think they still have time to bloom?

Steven

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 27, 2009
3:32 AM

Post #6869566

Awwwwwwww! Cute bunny! He wins!!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 27, 2009
11:52 AM

Post #6870285

Hello Steven, I knew if we kept calling you, you would show up sooner or later. So nice to have you back. You must stop over at the cafe on 23 Cyber Street and say hello and have a cuppa.
I am sure you can pick a number from Terris plot of sunflowers although I think blossombuddy has the contest pretty much sown up!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 27, 2009
3:38 PM

Post #6871155

nah!!!! Its everyones game! Come one come all! SHow us yer sunnys!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

July 28, 2009
2:30 AM

Post #6873646

Thanks, but...I...err...haven't planted my sunnys yet...will do tomorrow :) Maybe the shorted days will prompt them to flower? Well...hopefully!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 28, 2009
11:09 AM

Post #6874588

W'll be waiting for some pics!!!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

July 28, 2009
3:38 PM

Post #6875488

Ok, I'm off to go plant them!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 28, 2009
4:45 PM

Post #6875751

OK! I am off to shoot mine! LOL! I got my first three blooms today!

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Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2009
5:29 PM

Post #6875911

Lovely bloom but don't look very tall LOL!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 28, 2009
5:36 PM

Post #6875926

#2

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 28, 2009
5:51 PM

Post #6876035

Well they are over my head... Guess I will have to shoot them again! LOL!

Besides that I forgot to shoot #3!! LOL!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2009
5:58 PM

Post #6876085

LOL, what are you going to do next, lay on your back underneath???
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

July 28, 2009
10:20 PM

Post #6877048

Very nice! It's been an age since I've had any sunnys!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 28, 2009
10:43 PM

Post #6877159

OoOoh thems fighting words haighr! LOL! So wheres yers.. I will show you how tall in just a sec...I gotta step back, waaay back to get them in... are ya ready????
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 28, 2009
11:53 PM

Post #6877438

Pant, pant, pant.. ok, I ran waaaay back to get this shoot... I will lay on my back tomorrow for you! The grass is wet now. LOL!

Look close.. you will see 2 sunnys in that patch by the tree!

The tan grass n the foreground is our rye.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2009
12:01 AM

Post #6877464

Nuther veiw.. nah nah!!!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 29, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6877497


Very nice Blossom, are those two mine? LOL!

Hi there Steven, welcome to the sunflower patch! Lovely to see Coco and Bella, looking as cute as ever!
I had some teddy bear sunflower seeds, but I think someone weeded them out!
If you would like a sunflower from our raffle, pick a number between 1 -25 and I will let you know if it's available!!
Here's the Sunflower patch, some have started to flower...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 29, 2009
12:13 AM

Post #6877507


A bit closer, it is hard to take a picture showing the whole plant!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 29, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #6877513


Blossom here's yours, wont be long now!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 29, 2009
12:17 AM

Post #6877522


Candee, here's yours...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 29, 2009
12:18 AM

Post #6877532


Dianne, yours is catching up now..

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 29, 2009
12:22 AM

Post #6877549


Cissy number 23... Yay!!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 29, 2009
12:24 AM

Post #6877564


elle number 2 ...Yay!!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 29, 2009
12:29 AM

Post #6877585



Sorry Dalfyre, yours fell over and snapped. Number 14.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2009
2:58 AM

Post #6878350

very nice terri!!!... my patch is a bit worn on the weather. been dry for too long and today we got some rain so maybe tomorrow more will show! Yours are gorgeous
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2009
4:01 PM

Post #6880161

BB, now don't go getting your sunflowers all in a ruffle! Don't go have heart failure to get the photo either. As for where's mine, well they are so humongous that I am embarassed to even post them cause I know you just couldn't stand it! I actually drove past my house the other day cause I couldn't even see it for the size of my sunny's.!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 29, 2009
10:17 PM

Post #6881751

Thanks Blossom, looking forward to your pics!
Come now Candee, don't be shy, we want to see your humongous sunny's please!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2009
10:43 PM

Post #6881882

yeah, humongeous sunnys.. POST EM GIRLIE!!!! LOL!

Dang it.. my pics are stuck in cyberspace. I have to go hammer on the antenna people . Get a new camera nad what happens.. puter trouble... terri... are you spreading puter ickies? Sum ware I got some pics... release them please!! Maybe we have to conjur up Geek...
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 30, 2009
2:09 AM

Post #6882884

Well. haighr must o chickened out! Well, heres mine in a vase!

(They seem to be making the rounds!)

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 30, 2009
3:02 AM

Post #6883078

Lovely! there's still 'Yard to vase' thread you missed out..lol http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1006044/
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2009
2:08 PM

Post #6884416

Yep clucking all the way over here. Pretty in that "little" vase, I can't really put mine in a vase cause it would tip over and we just don't want a mess cause we are talking a lot of water.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 30, 2009
3:47 PM

Post #6884826

LOL!!!!!! Oh yeah, like a barrel a monkees type of water????


.. well take a gander at this.. here is my lil sunny patch...not blooming yet.. but you just watch! Their coming! And I aint got enough barrels o monkees to put them in! LOL! muuuuhwhaaah!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 30, 2009
3:52 PM

Post #6884854

giggles.. dang puter...forgot the majik werd!


MOOOOWHAAAAAAH!


Jest wait till she blooms!

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Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2009
5:35 PM

Post #6885295

what, where, I don't see a thing????????????
You musta just been pulling my ole leg!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2009
5:47 PM

Post #6885367

Hi Terri! Bella and Coco would like to come "visit" your sunflower patch! hahaha
BTW, I left a note in the cafe, but could I claim sunflower #22 and join the fun?
I think my Teddy Bears will have to wait till next year, I put in a few random seeds the other day so they'll have to do. Thats really stinks though that someones weeded yours out!

Steven
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 30, 2009
8:19 PM

Post #6885947

Impressive Sunflower patch Blossom! grrrr lol.

Hi Steven, Bella and Coco can help themselves to lettuce too! Number 22 for you! Good Luck!!
I'm still looking out for the Teddy Bears just incase!

I think 22 is the flowering one at the front here, but will have to check that.

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2009
8:59 PM

Post #6886110

Ooo, 22 looks big and healthy! I think I might send Bella and Coco over to take out the competition...er...I mean...nibble on the lettuce :)
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6886934

well, hope coco is chewing on haighrs old leg cuz her new one aint long enough to pull! Cant see my sunnys.. thewhol pic is sunnys other than the tree...sheesh.. she gotta get new glasses too!

Ow...hmmm something nipped my leg!...ooooo!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2009
2:49 AM

Post #6887705

ok, terri, pssst, heres your secret sunnys.. they are being guarded by plantgeeks cleomes and have a majik spell on them. Btw, have you seen geek lately? I accidently turned someone into a toad.,..oh-oh...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
1:52 AM

Post #6892001


oooooo they look healthy and strong Blossom, Thank you!
You didn't turn our Plantgeek into a toad did you? Ribbet!!


Steven, on closer inspection today, the one on the right is number 19.
22 is the one on the left and very lovely it is too!








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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
1:54 AM

Post #6892008


Number 19.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
1:57 AM

Post #6892024


Da Da! Number 22 Lucky you to pick one that is flowering! Shall I pick it next time or leave it on?

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
2:01 AM

Post #6892052


Number 5... with a busy bee enjoying himself in the middle!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
2:04 AM

Post #6892071


Number 6.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
2:06 AM

Post #6892083


Number 8..

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
2:08 AM

Post #6892095


Number 9..

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
2:10 AM

Post #6892107


Number 17, this one has more buds coming up the stem..

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
2:14 AM

Post #6892127

This one seeded here in the carrot patch!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
2:17 AM

Post #6892142

Here it is close up. All the others have buds are growing really well.
Yardqueen, Blossom and Flowertips are the tallest so far!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
2:20 AM

Post #6892158


I cut the flowering ones with no names and elles is top left.

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2009
3:57 AM

Post #6892519

Oh can the flower stay on the plant for now Terri? It's going to beat out Candee and Blossoms! HAHAHAHA! Where is Candee anyways? She's giving us that shaft today... :)
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
11:59 AM

Post #6893125


Candee has gone to her cabin for the weekend! Candee's Sunflower is the one at the front on the right.

Ok, I've left your Sunflower on Steven! It may get more buds.

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2009
3:41 PM

Post #6893798

Terri, did I already say how much I like your morning glories? Had them all the time before we moved...I think I might start some inside...then they'll be blooming once the weather turns chilly. They make good houseplants!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
4:42 PM

Post #6894012


Thanks Steven, I love Morning Glories! They take a while to get going, but now hopefully the frame will get covered in flowers! I imagine they would be lovely inside, I don't have the space! Are you doing any other winter sowing? Blossom has Ornamental Kale seeds she's sowing and I was thinking of trying those, if I can find any.
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2009
4:46 PM

Post #6894026

Oooo, what a good idea! I have some of those too! I've had them for a while but never really had a spot for them, but I think they'd look really nice in our front pots this year!
Do you know if Blossom starts them inside or out?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
5:01 PM

Post #6894109

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/996881/ This is a link to Blossom's potting shed, I think she will sow them in there! I will start mine in the greenhouse and put them in the garden somewhere in Autumn. They would be nice in pots at the front too!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2009
5:04 PM

Post #6894123

Thanks, do you have seeds already? What variety are they? Mines called Osaka.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 1, 2009
5:10 PM

Post #6894140



I haven't got any seeds yet, are yours mixed colours?
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2009
5:19 PM

Post #6894179

Ya mine are mixed, I haven't grown them successfully before though...probably due to my own negligence! HAHAHAHAHAHA
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 3, 2009
12:24 AM

Post #6899416

Well just back from the cabin and my little sunnies are flowerin already. Can't imagine when the giants start to bloom. Hey Steven glad that Terri had one saved for you. Hey BB what do yo think of my little ones LOL!
Yours look pretty terri but think my giants might take the prize??? LOL

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LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2009
12:29 AM

Post #6899436

Last year, I had a mammoth that the center was 12 inches, but I lost my hard drive so there aren't any photos. I may have posted one on a thread. Will have to look around and see.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 3, 2009
1:43 AM

Post #6899743

Well haighr, I must say, they are stunning! Mine are bewildered again, they desperately need rain and are too far from the house to drag any hoses and the plot is tooo big! So it will be survival of the fittest from my neck of the woods for shure! LOL!

Ok, guys, if you head for la Desperado Cafe, there is a new lionk lurking there!

So has anyone started a kale thread????... I will do it if no one has.

Right now though I have to catch up in my GPS4
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 3, 2009
2:07 AM

Post #6899844

Lilimerci, I beat yours last year by 6 inches, but I did not grow them, a fella gave the heads to us and the biggest one maxed out at 18"!

Heres the head of seeds I sowed from it for this years crop!

He actually gave us 17 heads and we just broadcasted all those seed everywhere out in a large plot in our prairie! We are hoping that they will attract some wild birds! We love the wild life!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 3, 2009
12:20 PM

Post #6900966

LOL BB did I pull your leg again?
That is a huge head 18" wow, bet that will feed a lot of birdies.
Sorry you lost your pics lil, bet you do more backups now right?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 3, 2009
2:03 PM

Post #6901325


Nice one Candee, I was wondering where the leaves were... LoL!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 3, 2009
3:19 PM

Post #6901613

I think the leaves fell off when jack in the beanstalk climbed it and used them for steps LOL!
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2009
3:54 PM

Post #6901746

17 heads? WOW! I want to see your sunflower field. My sister in law family has a farm up in NC and one year planted the sunflower field. It was beautiful but she said there was too many bees so they did not plant them the following year.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 3, 2009
5:07 PM

Post #6902040

Well, its not planted like a farm crop, we just broadcasted the seed out there!

The bees are certainly welcome around here. They have been scare and we do have a rare specie that thrives in our prairie and in the conservation land.

I am looking forward to them blooming. WE NEED RAIN! As soon as we get some rain I will take some more shots!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2009
7:07 PM

Post #6902549

Well Candee, those sure are the tallest sunnies I've ever seen! I hope Jack didn't realize he was afraid of heights when he reached the top! hahahaha

Blossom, You have the comfort of knowing 100% that your sunnies won't come in last place...mine haven't even sprouted yet! And when they do some critter will probably eat them!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2009
7:34 PM

Post #6902657

TA DA! Here's the link for the Kale Kontest thread! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1022840/
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2009
7:41 PM

Post #6902686

I found a photo of one of the mammoth in my neighbor's yard.

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2009
8:02 PM

Post #6902763

Oh Wow Lili! Everything in your neighbors garden is mamoth! The sunnys, the corn and is that a brug I see to the far right? Please tell your neighbor I love their yard!
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2009
8:27 PM

Post #6902862

yes, that is a golden yellow brug. I gave them a pink one this year and they moved all the lantanas to another spot because it was taking over. I think they have vincas and dahlias in their flower bed this year. But he said none of the sunflower seeds I gave him came up. I got 4 little ones out by my mailbox.

They let me plant my tomatoes over in their yard.
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2009
10:13 PM

Post #6903274

Wow, was that picture from last year? Do you have many brugs? Please come share your brug pictures over on Miss Bruggies thread! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1021349/

Thats really nice that they let you grow your tomatoes in their yard!

Steven
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 4, 2009
12:05 AM

Post #6903689

Thanks for the Sunflower picture LiliMerci, WoW! it's huge.

Haven't bought any Kale seeds yet, Thanks for the new thread Steven.
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 4, 2009
3:37 AM

Post #6904673

I just started planting brug this year and I've only had one plant that bloomed. The yellow brug is a late bloomer, usually late September or early October - so I don't have any photo this year. Anyway, I think I'm going to have to move mine because it's getting too much shades.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 4, 2009
5:58 PM

Post #6906479

Running my kale out to my GPS.

Todays sunflower.. its a lil bashful... maybe tomorrow it will smile. We got a squirt of rain...need more

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2009
6:51 PM

Post #6906660

Lili, Do you keep your brug in the ground over winter? I'd love to see a picture even with no blooms!

Blossom, be sure to post about your kale and the kale thread! I've been making little starter pots for mine!

Terri, Do you want me to keep you listed as being in the Kale Kontest? Or I can take you off the list until you get some seeds? Just let me know whatever works for you :)
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2009
7:11 PM

Post #6906736

Here's a picture of my first sunny!

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LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 4, 2009
8:18 PM

Post #6906993

Well, this is my first year planting but my next door neighbor leaves his in. Cut his down to the ground when first freeze. So I usually give away cuttings in November. I plan to leave mine in the ground. I have too many other tropicals to haul in.
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2009
8:29 PM

Post #6907028

I know what you mean, I bring in too many things every fall. Every year I say it will be less, but it never really is. My bruggies are getting big too but no Y so I'll have to bring them in.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 4, 2009
9:28 PM

Post #6907249

Awwww! hehehehe!!!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2009
10:20 PM

Post #6907457

Blossom! Are you laughing at my sunny?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 5, 2009
1:54 AM

Post #6908363

Not me, I was just giggling because its soooo cute and all!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 5, 2009
12:41 PM

Post #6909670

Now that is a big sunny! So nice to be able to plant at your neighbors - they surely get the reward of seeing more beauties in their gardens.
Steven will your season last long enough to get that sunny to bloom do you think?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 5, 2009
1:58 PM

Post #6909890


That came up quick Steven! It looks healthy. I have lots of sunflower seedlings sprouting now in my sunflower patch
(I thought they had been weeded out)! I'm hoping there might be some teddy bear ones!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 5, 2009
3:28 PM

Post #6910246



Keep watering your sunny's everyone! Rain dance for you Blossom... lol!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 5, 2009
7:45 PM

Post #6911223

Still needing more rain. DANCE DANCE DAAAAANCE!

This ones not coming out of its shell until the rain comes!

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LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2009
7:50 PM

Post #6911256

SW_gardener, I spoke too soon. I have buds on my brugs! May be another week or so I will have blooms.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 5, 2009
7:54 PM

Post #6911272

unlike that pucker puss above, we have sunny face!

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 5, 2009
10:41 PM

Post #6911797

Candee, I doubt it :( Unless it blooms really short!

Lili, way to go! Looking forward to seeing pics!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 6, 2009
11:28 AM

Post #6913499

We will just wait and see there Steven who knows?
I have never tried the brugs but love looking at them. Another fav that I never tried is datura?
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 6, 2009
6:20 PM

Post #6914938

I have some datura too! One come up under a Yew bush and another is from a friend. The one under the bush has a nice fat bud on it. I'll get a picture later :)
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2009
8:40 PM

Post #6915474

Wheres the rain????
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 6, 2009
8:44 PM

Post #6915491


It's over here!!!!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 6, 2009
8:48 PM

Post #6915508

No rain here...it's actualy sunny for a change!


Here's the Datura Candee

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 7, 2009
12:06 AM

Post #6916237





btw Blossom, fess up! you were laughing at that seedling .. lol!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2009
2:55 AM

Post #6917041

what seedling??? Me laughing at a lil ol... er young seedling... Not muwaaaah!!
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 7, 2009
2:28 PM

Post #6918313

I posted my brug photo here:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1020430/

did not want to hijack your sunflower thread.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2009
8:40 PM

Post #6919663

No problema! Happens all the time! ...so are those brugs easy to grow? I guess I best tune in to your thread to find out!! .. Im on it

But first a word from my sponsor...Oh man, I m a getting rain! YAY! We need to fine tune the rain dance guys, the humiduity and heat is gonna get beastly the next few day, guess we better tune down the bass drums a little! LOL!
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 8, 2009
2:16 AM

Post #6920983

we got alot of rain last week and the mosquitoes are hatching this week. Ugh! But we needed the rain. I'm not complaining. My sunflowers are all dried up now. Next week, when the kiddos are back in school I'm going to cut down the sunflowers and collect the seeds!

Blossombuddy, the brugs are not hard to grow at all and most of them root very easily from cuttings. I will be glad to give you some when I cut in the fall. All these that I have are from cuttings that someone gave me last year. They really like the sun and heat. Probably will need to grow in a container for you, or you can grow in the ground after last frost, take cutting for the winter and plant again in the ground in the spring. I don't do much for them except water. No special soil treatment or anything.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2009
8:37 PM

Post #6923484

I dont know on that taking of a brug cutting to winter indoors. Do they grow fast? My house might not be brug friendly! I have a heck of a time with house plants, but I am taking a bunch of things indoors this winter.. coleus, begonia, christmas cactus, spiderplants, baby sunroses that I all have in hanging baskets and there is about 10 or so of each except for the cactus and begonias and I am not sure how many coleus I am going to try,.

Today my lonely loofa is a few inches above the cage its in. I really need to go and get it something to grab onto so it can really take off. I am amazed how fast it has grown. We are going into our hot dry time now. I just hope it will set fruit before the frost. Im in a race against time there so I might not get anything. You have to rememmber I am in zone 5

Gettng back to that brug.. how big of pot? Dont those things get huge???
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2009
8:43 PM

Post #6923507

Meant to say too that we got a few bloomers on the sunnies today. They are not as withered as a few days ago.. they are talking rain again maybeMonday. Dance dance dance.. we could use a goooood soaking and not the humidity.
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 9, 2009
4:39 AM

Post #6925033

I leave my cuttings in water in a glass vase last winter. They root in there. You can put in a little bit of peroxide in the water.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #6925825

So you mean to say I can leave them in water all winter and plant in the spring then? Well that might work then for me.

Love the cottage flower thread BTW... Im going back for more visits there.
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 9, 2009
3:24 PM

Post #6925966

yes. I got a bunch of cuttings last year and about 50% of them rooted. Some cultivar may not root well, or the stem is too small or too young. But most of them are fine rooting in the water.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 10, 2009
5:47 PM

Post #6930694

Steven that is a very healthy datura you have going there, when will it bloom?
Are they good for cut flowers?
BB we are getting that 100 degree heat here now and for a few days, it is stifling.
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 10, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #6931126

Thanks Candee! I think the datura is going to open tonight! I'll try to take a pic but we're supposed to get more storms though and it's roasting hot outside. About time though as this has been the coldest summer ever. The datura blooms only last one night and the fragrance can actualy have narcotic effects in a confined space...so I probably wouldn't reccomend it :)
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 11, 2009
12:26 AM

Post #6932163

I know what you mean Steven, yesterday was the first day we turned on the AC in the house and we stayed outside and I actually roasted a turkey on the grill in 100 degree heat!
I never heard that about the datura fragrance sounds exotic! I also didn't know they only last one night? Guess I shall pass on trying to get one.
I am still awaiting my pineapple lily, got the idea from terri last year and got one, but still nothing but leaves.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2009
12:53 AM

Post #6932283

They keep saying rain.. WHERES DA RAIN?????

humaditity is beastly and i hate AC itd yo hsrf om my pold bones!!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #6932551

The datura is really nice and great if you can see it from inside so it can be admired at night...unlike mine which is growing behind a bush.

Here's some pics! The blooms look like an upside-down brug.
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2009
1:42 AM

Post #6932554

Ooops...forgot pic

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2009
1:42 AM

Post #6932559

top view

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2009
1:43 AM

Post #6932562

side view

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2009
1:43 AM

Post #6932567

last one :)

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2009
2:18 AM

Post #6932753

A model flower there SW!!

Well looks like I mam done for the night. I am still waiting developing pics...grrrrr.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 11, 2009
11:22 AM

Post #6933706

Oh that is a beauty Steven. They are such a delicate flower in my estimation especially with those peaks on the edges. Had no idea they were so shortlived.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2009
3:03 PM

Post #6934233

Well finally nearly 24 hours later the pics I was waiting for came.. OY! Whaaat is with that..



Anyways.. here they are in their wilted glory. so sad...

And still waiting for rain

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2009
3:09 PM

Post #6934261

And waiting

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2009
3:14 PM

Post #6934295

ANd waaaiting...wilt, wilt, wilt

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 11, 2009
4:18 PM

Post #6934620

Awwwwww! they still look fab! chin up Blossom, you've done what you can!



How are mine doing? btw... lol
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2009
5:22 PM

Post #6934878

Oh sure, now you wanna see yours!! LOL! Well, I gotta go take a pic! LOL! See ya in 24 hours with that that is if the service is not better or worse. UGH! I swear the space junk is blocking the reception of PC to camera! Or is that camera to PC! OY!


OK.. chin up...least as that does my neck good! Thank you for that advise. It does releive the carpal tunnel symptoms! Well, in my case anyway... so ok, back in a while!

In the mean time, on your knees girlie! The rain dancing aint working! Its waaaay humid, toooo derned hot and waaaay DRY!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2009
5:44 PM

Post #6934961

in the mean time, terri, I have some pickings for you down at the GPS4!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2009
5:59 PM

Post #6935018

There you go terri.. heres yours. I have been watering these special via the garden hose since they are not in the big plot! Geeks cleomes are gaurding them

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2009
6:49 PM

Post #6935201

Thanks for the compliments Blossom and Candee! The daturas make me think of meringue with with their soft peaks.



Oh! By the way! I had an idea for next years Sunflower Contest! It is: Who can grow the most exotic looking sunny?!?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 11, 2009
11:42 PM

Post #6936208


Ooo mine are looking fine Blossom, Thanks for watering!

Way hay! Steven, thinking ahead already.. like it! exotic looking, like the red velvet variety?





I'm dancing Blossom... Rain is on it's way to you !
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 11, 2009
11:56 PM

Post #6936248

Oh yeah meringue that is exactly the connection they make.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2009
2:22 AM

Post #6936845

snickers!!!

Hmmm exoctic? just were does one get an exoctic??
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2009
3:22 PM

Post #6938406

Aaaaaah! Exoctic...?

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2009
3:32 PM

Post #6938440

terri's

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2009
3:41 PM

Post #6942368

I got the exotic idea from the nice colours on Plantgeek sunny. Red Velvet would be a good one to try, or theres one called Green Jade or something like that...and theres also the Italian White too!

Blossom your exotic sunnys look really good! It's just too bad they're FAKE!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2009
3:44 PM

Post #6942392

Good call Steven, I almost didn't notice!
Mine are still growing but not a single sign of a head on them yet. Will take a pic and post when we get back from the beach.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 13, 2009
3:49 PM

Post #6942411


My sunny is looking fantastic Blossom, Thanks! WHAT???? !!! those sunny's are fakes?/? fell for that one hook line and sinker ... lol
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2009
3:57 PM

Post #6942433

I almost forgot! Here's my sunny! He's grown quite a bit!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 13, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #6942438


It's coming on well Sterven!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2009
4:14 PM

Post #6942485

thanks! I'm going to look up some of those fancy exotic ones in the plantfiles...
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2009
5:18 PM

Post #6942673

here's some links to possible candidates for next year!

Velvet Queen
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/161764/
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53077/

Italian White
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/86022/
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54816/

Moulin Rouge *****
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/83838/
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/73596/


Others to check out
'Strawberry Blonde'
'Pastiche'
'Jade'


Steven
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 13, 2009
5:45 PM

Post #6942777

Well FAKED YOU ALL OUT! LOL! Those sunnies are to so real and so are the coleus I stuck them in!! LOL! But boy would not those be a grrreat exoctic if you could only have it leaves like that and color for real and in ONE plant!! Awwww Just dream weaving!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2009
10:02 PM

Post #6943492

That would be an awsome sunny! I think you'll like 'Moulin Rouge'! I posted the link above!
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 14, 2009
1:13 AM

Post #6944010

i whacked my sunflowers this morning. The seeds are ready to be harvested.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
6:08 AM

Post #6944762

Cool!! So show da seeds! LOL!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2009
4:52 PM

Post #6949556

Well Steven, here is my latest exoctic! Its called "YarnDoll!" LOL!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2009
5:01 PM

Post #6949587

Group shot!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2009
5:13 PM

Post #6949639

Ok, now I know what they look like when they been out in the field to long.. they get sunburned...LOL!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2009
6:55 PM

Post #6949927

Another one with a tan!

Hey SW, looks exoctic to me!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2009
7:50 PM

Post #6950059

kinda like the dark side of the moon here...

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2009
7:57 PM

Post #6950084

a yellow sunny..,..

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2009
8:12 PM

Post #6950122

another group shot

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2009
8:24 PM

Post #6950151

Nice Blossom! But they don't count for next year! hahahahahaha!
I like the "darkside of the moon" sunny. And the one above it.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2009
2:00 AM

Post #6951300

LOL!! Well, drat, dont that beat all! Those are my only true exoctics for this year.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #6954544

Sunny green face...um..exoctic????

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #6954607

Oh, and BTW, if my exoctics dont count for next year Steven, your daturas dont count for sunnies... as purdeeeee as they may be!!




chuckles!!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2009
12:35 PM

Post #6955878

You have quite a garden of sunnies BB. Believe it or not mine are just beginning to get heads on them? Guess all of my flowers are a bit behind in bloom time.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2009
3:34 PM

Post #6956623

Nah, its just a patch rough scratched out in the prairie. I was sooo hoping to get lots of LARGE heads but that did nothappen. They ranged from anything under about 8 inches to a couple inches.

Here is one I grew for terri.. it has multiple heads even! LOL!

Cant wait to see yours though! I love them.. The aroma is great too!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2009
4:32 PM

Post #6956882

I wouldn't mind having a rough scratched out patch like that !!!
It figures, Terri always says 2 heads are better than one!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2009
5:54 PM

Post #6957184

Blossom, did you colour that sunny green? Regardless it looks good!




I want sunnies next year!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 17, 2009
10:37 PM

Post #6958275


My sunflower looks fabulous Blossom. Thank you!
Your patch is looking more like a Van Gogh everyday.. lol! Beautiful!!
Yours is the tallest flowering one on the right. Yardqueen's is still tallest but not flowering yet!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 17, 2009
10:40 PM

Post #6958285


Blossom, number 20 hiding here!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2009
3:20 AM

Post #6959348

Hehehe.. no SW - that ga-reen was aw-naterall!

Hey, we got a we tad bit of rain today. Last I looked, 3/10ths in the gauge and still drupping! Not enough to turn things ga-reen, but its a start. It will be hotter than neck tomorrow no doubt!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #6959387

I will have to trot out to the sunny patch tomorrow to see what lurks in the realm of a Van Gogh! Thanks for the compliment terri! And terri, yours are lovely as ever too!

Well get snapping haighr, lets see them pre-bloom!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 18, 2009
5:37 AM

Post #6959676


Hotter than heck eh? thats hot! And Blossom, Thank you for the compliment!!!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2009
1:46 PM

Post #6960376

Well sadly, terri, I am thinking of beheading your big sunny today... its so heavy on that thin staulk, I best get it so I can dry the seeds for next year! Heres droopy before loping!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2009
2:26 PM

Post #6960495

But dont worry dear, the multihead is still putting out! And you have two other plants in reserve there!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2009
2:38 PM

Post #6960542

Yours even has a bee polinating it! Look at that lil dimple guy on that happy sunny face! (sorry about the blurrrr!)

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #6960689

La imitacion de sunny Van Gogh!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 18, 2009
3:16 PM

Post #6960703

That's an entire field of blooms BB, what a lovely site to see, Van Gogh indeed! Careful there lopin off terri's head!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2009
3:17 PM

Post #6960712

very nice Van Gogh feild Blossom! And I like that green one more now that I know its real :) I think my sunny is about 2 or 3 inches now!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2009
9:32 PM

Post #6962022

I will haighr, theres a bee guarding her head and well.. he is gonna have to move along soon! I am hunting fo rthe machette!

Thanks SW! - Got another greenie coming on...

This one looks like a bad windy hair day! LO

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2009
10:20 PM

Post #6962166

This one looks like it is folded in half!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2009
10:26 PM

Post #6962184

GA-reeen!

No artificial coloring, although I have been tempted to try spray painting some!!! LOL!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 19, 2009
12:41 AM

Post #6962608


Yikes! Have Mercy!!! Love my Sunny Blossom! here's a picture of yours today..
Beautiful Van Gogh btw. Did you buy spay paint???? Yay! Funky sunnys !!!


2-3 inches aint bad Steven, there's hope yet! ... lol!

Sounds like yours are nearly there Candee.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 19, 2009
12:48 AM

Post #6962625



Blossom Honey! Been waiting for this jar to be empty for a while. LOL!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2009
2:37 AM

Post #6962993

Aaaaawesome terri!


...um, whose Gale? LOL!

Love those hugeasaurus ga-reen beads of pollin you got there!!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 20, 2009
3:11 AM

Post #6967117

hehehe!! The sunny Van Gogh for today...

(Why do they all face the same way?...)

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2009
1:46 PM

Post #6968087

The sunny direction perhaps!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 20, 2009
1:53 PM

Post #6968110

Well, they are always facing east.. perhaps the Sunny Mecca is there...

I had to sneak up behind them.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2009
3:04 PM

Post #6968368

If geography and science have not completely elluded me, I believe that is the direction of the morning Sunny Mecca. Glad you were able to sneak up so close behind.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 20, 2009
4:23 PM

Post #6968650

I did not want to disturb their sunworship!

However, I did notice a few unruly sunnies in the croud staring back at me.. they had mean looking eyes!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 22, 2009
10:45 PM

Post #6977107

Well...I'm out of the contest some darn animal ate my sunny!!! It's just a little stub now :(
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 23, 2009
7:35 PM

Post #6979994

well, my DH knocked my over this morning while mowing...
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2009
12:08 PM

Post #6982224

There's always next year... stay tuned!!

Dont feel bad SW, I am probably out of the Kale contest... more damping off.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

August 24, 2009
1:07 PM

Post #6982362

hi all
where my sun flower
sunny here
off today
day to run around
elle
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2009
2:37 PM

Post #6986350

Hi elle, good to see you!

I think we may be having more people coming here.. Come on in cottage gardeners!!
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2009
3:41 PM

Post #6986562

Hi, I just followed Blossom's link .
I have 9 sunflowers in my garden.

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gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2009
3:48 PM

Post #6986582

I have no idea what kind they are.
About 13 years ago I saw some multi headed sunflowers in the edge of a corn field they were so pretty so I collected a hand full of seed.
I haven't ''planted any sense. They just come up where ever they are happy. When they are about three feet tall I pull most of them for goat feed, and leave a few for the birds and to resow.

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gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2009
3:51 PM

Post #6986596

This one is over 12 foot tall and has not opened a bloom yet.
It has over 50 tip blossoms waiting for the top flower to send them the OK.

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gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2009
3:53 PM

Post #6986602

Question? I noticed this is in the cut flower form , Do you all grow them for inside ?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2009
4:00 PM

Post #6986624

Hey, gus, link back to your pics on the other thread! You have some verrrrry nice sunnys there and I am sure everyone here would enjoy the cottage gardeners pics too, they really are quite beautiful!

My greater goal with all the sunflowers is to get a patch large enough going so I can just mow them down in the fall and leave the shreds and seed to the wild turkeys and other birds and have a stash to reseed in the spring!

I still do not have a large enough patch to satisfy our goal, but we are working on it.

We have a prairie that we are restoring some of the once was wildflowers there and it has been a great project! People have been sending us their excess seeds for both projects and it has been a great joy helping the wildlife!

This year we had some wonderful rare visitors of the feathered variety, some reddish egrets happened to our place and we have been seeing the trio quite reugularly! They are awesomely huge beautiful birds.
Well, anyway, gus, glad you could make it here and do bring your buddies and join the fun!


BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2009
4:07 PM

Post #6986641

Some of us have greenhouses and some not! Most of us have cutting gardens and like to do floral arrangements! We enjoy getting creative here and showing off our arrangements and such to have fun with and often get critiqued by our friends here too! We also enjoy a lot of playful antics! So welcome agian! Enjoy your visits!

I have a small greenhouse that I use as what I call my GLORIFIED POTTING SHED and have a few threads going on that. I am up to link 5 there and do feel free to join me and the rest!

I started some of my sunnies in the GPS, but the majority we broadcasted out to a plot field out in our prairie!

Here is the link to my GPS5!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1029096/
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 25, 2009
4:58 PM

Post #6986819

Nice to meet you and your sunnies gus - we love arranging and use all flowers and cuttings of all sorts. That is what makes this thread so unique there is no wrong way to arrange nor set of rules or standards to meet, we create what we enjoy and share it with friends. As BB said we do get sidetracked with other venues here and that keeps everything interesting right in one place.
Please browse around and look at our threads of arrangements, we have theme arrangements as well that must meet some criteria to follow the theme. We have two fab cafes where we meet to chat and take turns bringing in flowers to brighten up the place.
Hope to see you around with some of your creations.
Candee
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 25, 2009
6:59 PM

Post #6987197

Hi Gus! I love your sunnies and think they should win the contest for all those branches! I had 2 sunnies but they got eaten by a critter. So now I'm working on the theme for next years sunny contest. Hope to see you around!

And please come join the Kale Kontest we started although none of us actually has any kale yet! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1022840/

Steven
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

August 26, 2009
12:33 AM

Post #6988289

Thanks for the invitation but I think it may be a bit late to start kale here our average first frost is Oct 15th only six weeks away.
How long to grow kale?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 26, 2009
1:51 AM

Post #6988605

Well, gus, your date for frost and mine are about the same. I tried starting the kales, but had some damping off issues.. but SW came up with an idea so we are still going on with the contest! So do, everyone, come join us! hehehe!

Yipes, I went out to my sunny patch and OMG! The poor things look terrible! They are drooping and nodding and dropping seed...I guess I best start harvesting.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 26, 2009
4:16 PM

Post #6990574

The thought of frost only 6 weeks away is such a gloomy one. Seems like summer just got here.
Hey BB I got sunnies finally and keep forgetting to get out there with the camera, thanks for the reminder, I'll do it this evening!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 26, 2009
9:41 PM

Post #6991661

Awww poo! Ima gonna have ta get out there with a machette! Now that is sad!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 26, 2009
10:05 PM

Post #6991752

Hey BB, what is that? I just can't make it out with these old eyes. Here's my contribution, not the big winners but they showed their heads with pride anyway!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 26, 2009
10:06 PM

Post #6991761

Here is the bee makin use of the sunnys.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 27, 2009
1:44 AM

Post #6992490

Whooohooo for you haighr!!!

Its a bee making use of a sunny! Enlarge it! I just got fancy and framed it!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2009
1:37 AM

Post #6996148

And so it begins, the loping of heads...terris big single sunny was the first to go...

A perfect seeder there!

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 31, 2009
3:05 AM

Post #7006930

Nice sunny Candee! And I hope you all come join our Kale/Best Fall Planter Contest!

Just so you all know, we're planning on planting a sunny patch next year so everyone better look out!!!! :)
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 31, 2009
12:29 PM

Post #7007786

Okay Steven, we'll be watching out for it!
That looks like enough seed for an entire country BB!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #7010325

hehehe~

got me several of these buckets full and more to chop lop!

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gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2009
1:05 AM

Post #7010573

Beautiful white heads, are they gray stripe?
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 1, 2009
4:44 PM

Post #7013128

here is one of my sunflower

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2009
5:28 PM

Post #7013297

Nice sunny Lili! I always like the smaller blooms!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2009
6:34 PM

Post #7013530

Yes, its funny that the heads were much less in size than their parent head! I have some that were so tiny from those giant heads you would think they were a different variety, but it is only the product of my poor sandy unfertile soil and lack of rain!

Check this minis out.. and these really truly are from a giant grey stripe!!! An eiighteen inch head to be exact!! Beleivei it or not Ripley!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2009
6:46 PM

Post #7013570

And this one!

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 2, 2009
12:33 AM

Post #7014990

Gardengus - welcome to this forum. In answer to your question from last week, yes, there are those of us who do plant the ornamental sunflowers for arrangements only. Like you, I planted a few of these about 4 years ago. I let one flower seed, and then let it reseed. Some years I have a few plants, other years, like this one, only one plant. It is tall, but sends out numerous side shoots.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 2, 2009
12:34 AM

Post #7014995

From this one plant, I made this arrangement first.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 2, 2009
12:35 AM

Post #7014999

A couple of weeks later, this one.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 2, 2009
12:37 AM

Post #7015010

And then, today, I cut a few branches and added them to these cycad leaves. These cycad leaves were from an arrangement 3 weeks ago, and they still look as good as the day I cut them. So, one plant supplied enough blossoms for at least three occasions. There is probably enough for one more.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 2, 2009
3:25 AM

Post #7015864

Blossom - I have never seen a white sunflower head. Those look great!!
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2009
12:39 PM

Post #7016635

yeah, what kind of sunflower is that white sunflower head?
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

September 2, 2009
3:10 PM

Post #7017128

hi does any one need rain
i will send you some
lol
day to work inside
elle
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #7017129

Soils, Lili, those are the grey stripes. We had to cut the heads a liltl premature and we took the pollen off of them so the seed could dry and the deer would not eat them.

I also had volunteers come up in the sunny patch. So those bronze haloed ones I showed above are gonna be cross pollenated on the grey stripes so who knows what it is!

We just toss any kind of sunny to that patch. We harvest as much seed as we can get for the following year and we keep trying to make the patch bigger. So basically my seeds are of who knows what later, a grand mix so to speak. I get people sending us seed to add to the project too because there is a lot of seed that drops and goes to the wild birds. We are hoping the wild turkeys come back! The deer are eading my heads now! ANyone with excess seed that they just want to get rid of, they can D-mail me. We are also taking seed that wouldbe appropriate to restor what grows on our prairie. Things like gaillardia, laitris, blackeyed susan, many more. Its for the bees and the butterflys too.

There are white petaled sunnies, but I dont know what the name of the variety would be.

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2009
6:26 PM

Post #7017834

Bee eyes!!! LOL! Gads how the bees love sunnies! Yup, real live bees!!!

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

September 7, 2009
7:56 PM

Post #7037077

I don't have any sunnies here but I have lots of black eyed susans!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2009
10:37 PM

Post #7037646

LOL! Close but no cigar! terri said my heliopsis dint count soz...guesn your suzies are no contestados! But they are sure niff purdy!

I got me some wild sunny seeds today... I think they are a perennial.. but probably not a contestant either...! Well, I think we need to look to 2010 for the next sunny contest!
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2009
10:41 PM

Post #7037664

The sunflower I posted on the 25th is now in full bloom.
I took this picture a couple days ago...I counted the open blooms today and there are...???
Any one want to guess???
I will send the closest guess a pack of seeds ^_^

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LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 8, 2009
2:09 AM

Post #7038713

55?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2009
12:33 PM

Post #7039683

40...
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2009
3:14 PM

Post #7044000

Ok There were 88 blooms showing color.
Because there were only two guessers Both get seeds when they are ripe .
Please send me a D- mail with your address
^_^ Cinda
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2009
3:16 AM

Post #7046340

wow! 88? that is crazy! Thanks for the seeds. Sending you dmail now.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2009
3:18 AM

Post #7046347

Thanks gus!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2009
8:40 PM

Post #7063970

Ok, now that I have whaaacked just about every sunflower in the place...

Yes, just call me Lizzy! I have beaheded them all!

I am having a hard tiome drying and storing the heads with out the mice getting in to them. I have tried paperbagging them.. they are molding.. so I have to do the juggling thing daily to keep them from going to compost?


Any one got any ideas? Here I thought this was gonna be an easy project! Seed harvesting... not... not with so many heads!

(edited for spelling!)

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 15, 2009
1:33 PM

Post #7066406

Found this on Google, hope it helps
[quote]
Drying sunflowers On the stem
You can easily let nature take its course when it comes to drying sunflowers, and allow the drying process to occur naturally on the stem. If you are drying sunflowers this way you should keep an eye out for when the backside of the sunflower's head turns yellow and the petals have fallen off. Once this has happened you need to act fast if you do not wish to lose all of your sunflower seeds to the ground! Use a brown paper bag to cover the head and this will also protect it from birds, squirrels and other critters that are interested in the sunflower seeds too. The paper bag helps the sunflower head still "breathe" and prevents moisture from accumulating in the bag and turning the seeds moldy. (If it rains, you may need to replace the bag with another in case the bag gets soggy or tears.) Dry your sunflowers like this until their heads turn brown on the backside - then it is time for harvesting. Simply collect the head by cutting the sunflower off one foot down on the stem, making sure you don't lose the paper bag off the top in the process!

Drying sunflowers Early harvesting
If you do not want to struggle against birds, squirrels and other critters competing to get a taste of your sunflower seeds before you do, there is another way to dry your sunflowers. When you see the signs of the yellowing of the backside of the sunflower head you simply harvest them right at that point. Cut the heads down leaving about one foot of stem below the head. You can then dry your sunflowers where ever you want to, as long as it is warm and dry with good ventilation to prevent molding. A small shed might be perfect, or even in your house. You may still want to cover the seed heads with paper bags, especially if drying in an outdoor shed! But primarily, as long the sunflowers are kept warm, dry and sheltered, you'll be able to successfully harvest the seeds. Simply run your hand over the sunflower head and the seeds will pop right out.
[/quote]
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 23, 2009
2:04 PM

Post #7095427

Oooooh
ick
ick
ICK! I have suffered major losses in the drying of my sunnies!

I was not able to get them out of the paperbags on time and they molded and went to mush very severely! They are fuzzy and slimmy and just GA-ROSS!

I tried to dry them in the GPS.. but the humiditity was waaay too high and struggled with the mice getting into them. Just had waaay too many and not enough space to do it.

I came away with possibly three small pans of them. They are moly, but looks like maybe not mushy...so maybe I can salvage those few.



GA-ros! GAH-ros! GAHHHH-ROOOOS!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2009
5:49 PM

Post #7099863

more sunflwoer disaster...ick,this is gonna have to go out to the field...maaaaaybe I might get some volunteers off of it, but its pretty yicky!

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tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2009
5:59 PM

Post #7099893

I thought y'all might enjoy this shot.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2009
6:40 PM

Post #7100035

Awesome!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2009
8:59 PM

Post #7107146

Well as I live and breath it is tc, whohoooooooooooo! How you been? Think of you often when we go up to the cabin. Hope you stick around a while, what's new?
BB, you have a real disaster on your hands. I put hose over the head of mine and just let them in the garden, they are pretty soggy today so we shall see?
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

September 26, 2009
11:43 PM

Post #7107574

Well hey haighr! Long time no see! Or hear!! I'm doin fine. Hope you and your's are also!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2009
1:58 AM

Post #7108035

Yep my friend, heading into the hunting season at the cabin. I often think of you with your tent round the corner. We do have bears up there now so camping likely not a real smart idea, Steve doesn't even want me to walk over the mountain alone these days.
Steve is now retired and doing a lot around both places, much as he can anyway with his back problems. We have 3 grandbabies now and although they don't get here often, we do get to spend some time with them. They loved the apple tree there at the cabin, it is really full this year and Steve and Tim shook it and they got rained on with apples and was the funniest thing they did all day!
Say howdy to all your way,
Candee & Steve

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 7, 2009
12:24 AM

Post #7142657

Here are a couple of mine. BEV
This one I call "Beautifully Bent"

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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 7, 2009
12:25 AM

Post #7142666

"Bee Heaven"

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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 7, 2009
12:28 AM

Post #7142681

"Am I Blue"

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 7, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #7142698

Never to be blue Bev, but nice effect
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2009
3:56 AM

Post #7242976

Well, guys 2010 will be something to look forward to, even though I probably will not have the crop of sunnies I did this season, I will be peaking in on everyone elses!

And yes, bev, nice effects!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 19, 2009
5:32 PM

Post #7289949

Well, I guess we ought to be going to another link here for the sunnies so hows about SUNFLOWERS FOR 2010 - whose here???

GO TO:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1056996/

(edited for linkage!)




This message was edited Nov 19, 2009 11:39 AM
MGMan
Norfolk, VA

May 13, 2010
3:44 PM

Post #7790713

here is my little sunflower patch with evening sun varieties

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