Sunflowers!

sunflower5It’s safe to say that sunflowers are my favorite flower in the garden. They’re the favorite of many gardeners as well and a sure symbol of summer. Growing well over 6 feet tall (well, most varieties anyway), sunflowers are the happy guardians of the garden. I grow them every year. Even when I lived in an apartment and my garden consisted of pots on my tiny patio, sunflowers were always one of the plants I grew.

Seeds or starts?

I typically always start my sunflowers from seed. They’re very easy to grow so it’s often not worth the bother or expense of purchasing starts. The exception was last year when I waited too long to get the seeds in and had to buy a six-pack of sunflower starts just to ensure I had these sunny flowers in my garden.

 

Bring the sunshine inside

Although in past years I was reluctant to cut my sunflowers, I’ve started doing so and bringing the cuttings inside. Typically, I choose to plant the sunflowers varieties that ‘branch’ so I will still have flowers on the plant, even after I cut a stem to cheer up my home.

 

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Imagine my excitement when I saw this handy gardening infographic in my email inbox.

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Any question you may have had about what to plant,¬†when to plant it, where to plant it, and what to plant it with is covered in this wonderfully illustrated graphic. Seriously, hat’s off to whomever is responsible for creating this. Print it off and keep it in your gardening journal or save it to your tablet or smartphone for a quick reference when you’re in the garden.