It’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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Calendula is one of the easiest flowers to grow. Throw some seeds on the ground and wait a few weeks and you’ll be well on your way to having pretty orange and yellow flowers. Or, you can harvest the seeds and save them to plant or give away.
Calendula is also an edible flower. Throw them in a salad to add color and get a healthy dose of beta-carotene and anti-oxidants.
It’s healing. Calendula has been known as a healing plant. Create a tincture to treat wounds. A calendula salve can help heal scrapes and bruises. As a tea, you can apply it to a compress to ease burns, strains or sprains, or bug bites.
Leave your plants alone and let the flowers grow and die. Deadhead to encourage more blooms, and spread the seeds to the ground. They’ll readily self-sow, giving you flowers for years.