Admiring The Sunflowers

Posted by F&S

This has been a terrific summer for growing sunflowers.  Ryan planted quite a few different varieties and they are tall, cheerful, and very impressive.

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Sharkey, don't you think the sunflowers are stupendous this year?

1 Sharkey, don't you think the sunflowers are stupendous this year?

I believe this one is called Henry Wilde and it's covered with bees.

2 I believe this one is called Henry Wilde and it's covered with bees.

This variety looks like ones in Van Gogh or Monet's famous sunflower paintings.  Sunflowers are known for their large flowering heads, which are actually composite flowers made up of hundreds of florets.

3 This variety looks like ones in Van Gogh or Monet's famous sunflower paintings. Sunflowers are known for their large flowering heads, which are actually composite flowers made up of hundreds of florets.

It gets its name for the flower's shape, which often looks like the sun.

4 It gets its name for the flower's shape, which often looks like the sun.

This variety is Goldy Honey Bear.  Watch out for the sunflower stems because they're rough and hairy.

5 This variety is Goldy Honey Bear. Watch out for the sunflower stems because they're rough and hairy.

Goldy Honey Bear is a magnificent fully double flower.

6 Goldy Honey Bear is a magnificent fully double flower.

Against the blue sky, they really do look like the sun.

7 Against the blue sky, they really do look like the sun.

To grow best, sunflowers need full sun and fertile, moist, and well-drained soil.

8 To grow best, sunflowers need full sun and fertile, moist, and well-drained soil.

What's amazing about this stand of sunflowers is that the seeds were planted in the ground last Memorial Day and look how they've grown since then!

9 What's amazing about this stand of sunflowers is that the seeds were planted in the ground last Memorial Day and look how they've grown since then!

Bees love sunflowers for their nectar and when the flowers begin to fade, birds love them for their seeds.

10 Bees love sunflowers for their nectar and when the flowers begin to fade, birds love them for their seeds.

To harvest the seeds, wait for the flowers to fade and begin to dry.  Then cut and hang them upside down in a dry place away from birds or mice.  When dry, just scrape the seeds using a large spoon.

11 To harvest the seeds, wait for the flowers to fade and begin to dry. Then cut and hang them upside down in a dry place away from birds or mice. When dry, just scrape the seeds using a large spoon.

Comments (17)

  • ..we have sun flowers here at the farm/ranch..we have some dark reddish brown ones and some light greenish ones..they are pretty neat..James is going to babysit me, Lucinda says she needs a shopping fix...that means she will hit all her favorite thrift stores..we need blankets for the feral kitty boxes and who knows maybe a blanket for me...so I better get some rest...talk to you wild bunch later..over and out, Chewy p.s. just had a Warrior Prince cookie..yum..double yum

  • I've dated a few 'rough and hairy' men in my day! :)

    Sunflowers are glorious. Just looking at them makes me smile. All the local farm stands have sunflowers along with pumpkins and hardy mums.

    Somethings tells me Autumn isn't too far off! :)

    Happy Tuesday..
    gail

  • Good morning everyone,
    I had no idea there are all different kinds of sunflowers. Who knew? Hmmm. I like that double one, the Goldy Honey Bear. I can just imagine if it were the sun it would be like getting a double dose of sunshine. Did you ever lay outside on a nice cool day and with the warm sun on your face? Soooooooo nice. So nice that I think I will go out on the deck and wait for the sun to come to my town. Have a great day Glue Squad members.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good morning ladies!
    We love, love, love sunflowers. Mom has tried to grow them here, but the squirrels find the seeds before they have a chance to grow. Bummer. Maybe next year. (Being close to Cincinnati, we hear that alot.....ie: the Reds and Bengals...hahahaha)
    We just looked at Martha's blog for today. You two really stole the show at that wedding, didn't you? Too bad you didn't know about it in advance, you could have dressed up and been in the wedding!
    The weatherman said we are having a "short heat wave". Don't know what he means...it's been hot since Saturday and not suppose to cool off until this weekend! That's not short!
    Must be off....we hear someone rustling a bag.....gotta go check that out!
    Pugs and kisses.
    Brutus and Max

  • What beautiful sunflowers! Thanks for showing them to us and explaining all about them, Sharkey and Francesca.

  • Good Morning F & S

    WOW you sure do have lots of sunflowers. Mom planted some for the first time this year so we have around 3 but they sure are pretty. Next year she plans on planting them all along the fence near her garden.

    I'm tired this morning stayed up and watched football last night with mom and dad. How about those Eagles :)

    Today mom goes to the hand specialist about the arthritis in her thumb and fingers. It hurts her all the time now and it's starting to effect her golf game. I hope she quits golf then she'll have more time for me ;)

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Oh my goodness, ole Kirby only thought that sunflowers were yellow and brown. I did see some sunflowers when in western Canada. This one field had a bizillion of them in it. The field went on for miles with bright yellow and brown sunflowers. The seeds turned black when they were ready to harvest. I wonder how they do that. I’ll bet they use a really big machine; most plants were over six feet tall. Well I think I will have breakfast and then another nap. I have lots to do today.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Even though I didn't get to hear about G.K.'s dog show and the mystery guest,sunflowers are great until then. They are Mom's favorite flowers. When our yard had more sun when the kids were young, they have photos of 12 foot sunflowers with them standing next to them. Wow! Brutus and Max, I guess you are getting the heat we had for the last week. Record breaking--bad and double bad!! Now we are getting Fall weather---finally. The 70's all week long and lots of rain. Anyone need Zucchini---even when a garden has a fungus, zucchini grows!! Must go relax before nursing duties start. Mom says we are going for a walk in the rain today, to get me more used to water. I am trying to learn. Have a GEM of a day all.
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, You two sweet, beautiful girls sure did have fun checking out those beautiful sunflowers that Ryan planted and they looked so gorgeous! Even the bees liked them! They looked so beautiful against that blue sky, too! How is our handsome buddy, GK doing? Hope to see him again and please hug him and Martha for me! Was so nice to see so many comments yesterday and more this morning! Will read all of them later today! Mom had to comb my hair and give me a long bath yesterday because I seemed very itchy and she found what might be fleas! I finally get to go to my Vet to get my yearly check up and will probably get something to get rid of the fleas! Will let you know tomorrow! Have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello S & F
    I do appreciate you showing us this blog about sunflowers. I learned a lot. Had no idea there are different types of sun flowers that exist and you could get the seeds in this way. Amazing. Thanks for showing your beautiful garden.

    Have a great day Sharkey and Francesca.

  • Good Morning Girls,
    Boy, those sunflowers sure are pretty. Mom has never planted those but I think she should :) Watch out for the bees. Mom does have Moon Flowers in the garden and they attract a lot of bees. Of course I learned the hard way not the mess with them :) It's going to be a fun day. Uncle Mark is here working on the bathroom so I will have someone to "play" with while mom is at the office.;) I was exhausted helping her make the bed this morning :) I don't think mom enjoyed my helping though, she did lots of screaming at me but I was just trying to help. Or she could have been a little upset since I took a quick swim before I came in from outside and I was a tad wet :) Oh well...the life of a husky :)

    Well, have a great day everyone, off to find Uncle Mark ;)

    Love
    Chloe xx

    ps... good luck Aunt Ann at the doctors. Zoe, keep me updated.
    pss... and what's this I hear about GK in a dog show??? Did my prince win??? LOL

  • Good morning ladies,
    Love those happy sunflowers! Mimi says there are red ones, too. Mama Martha should check those out, too.
    Hey, what's this all about, Chewy the naughty red cattle dog. I say Chewy is young, frisky and full of red peppers! I betcha Chewy runs lickety-split, too!
    We've got the same heat as Brutus & Max. Ruby's cool weather is coming our way slowly but surely.
    Hey, Zoe, Mimi twisted her left ring finger and swell up bad. What's with this golf game? Papa has a sore elbow & his friend has a bum shoulder. I think that age has something to do with my folks problems.
    Ruby, zucchini is like that, all of a sudden there are too many. Take care of your Dad, nurse Ruby.
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi Y'all,
    I love the sunflower! Mis thinks it's fun to watch the squirrels climbing and riding the stalks, trying to eat the seed when they mature. The birds don't have a chance. I would love to see a commercial field. I bet that's spectacular!
    I'm hanging out with Kim today. Mis had a very important appointment that she would like to remind all the women in the glue squad and those that just read about our adventures, to make. Remember to get your mammography done. It's not pleasant but It could save your life. Mis and her sister are both survivors and it's important to them that all our friends take care of themselves. Do it now!
    Have a doggy good day everyone!
    Dixie Boy

  • Those sunflowers are all very pretty, Francesca Baby! Our weird next door neighbor? The one who unplanted all the grass and 'naturalized' the yard? He has several patches of sunflowers growing among all the weeds, er, naturalized plants. They are very pretty, and all the birds in the neighborhood seem to love them. We have a tall plant in our yard, it's got little tiny purple pink flowers and might be called artemisia or something like that (if Miss Martha has those, could you pretty please teach us about them someday???) and the bees LOVE them, especially when they rebloom this time of years since there are not that many bloomy things right now.

  • Hello Francesca, Sharkey, Ruby, Zoe and glue squad buddies,
    Yep, I am writing today because Jimmy is busy upstairs getting brushed out. We love sunflowers too. Especially the Goldy Honey Bear. Maybe when Kirby is all fluffy he looks like a Goldy Kirby Bear!! Maddox, Missy Chow and kirby all have beautiful chow golden hair coats.
    Brutus and Max we are supposed to have 90 degree temps. tomorrow and bright sunshine. Cooler today and rain earlier. Black Mama, its nice that Lucinda takes such good care of the feral kitties. Mom is socializing a very shy kitty at work named Moo. Moo is a rescue cat that is white with black patches. She is still learning how to trust people. Mom plays classical music for the cat patients and gives them TLC. My favorite rescue kitty is a buff young cat named Sunny who will be adopted out soon.
    Zoe, good job with The Eagles!!! We saw the highlights and Jimmy is keeping up with all the NFL teams. Ruby, good job walking in the rain. Zoe, hope your Mom's thumb and fingers feel better.
    Have to go get ready for Jimmy's surprise tomorrow... hugs for all my friends,
    Abby the pug/peke/frenchie

  • :-) F & S you look lovely pictured with those sunflowers... The contrast with the blue sky and yellow flowers and green is awesome. I love sunflowers and use to grow just one in a pot when we had sun (now shade garden) I think I'll paint a sunflower Monet' style just to get it out of my system.
    Kitty is somewhere prowling and I have not seen her since morning and have no idea what she's up to on a 97+ day... Hope she comes home soon :-(

    So half of Tuesday is almost gone, and just hearing Football talk and all that noise makes me think of winter coming soon...not looking forward to it.

    Till tomorrow my DW-GS friends
    delia & Kitty =^ ¥ ^=

  • Afternoon Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,

    The sunflowers are fantastic, love the picture with the bright blue sky and colorful Henry Wilde. How did GK finish at the show?? Mom has a smaller variety, think she calls them Black eyed Susans. Maybe next year she will try the taller variety. Well, I was grounded yesterday because of my Sunday adventure so Mom took away my computer time for yesterday :( ..not fair I say..it wasn't totally my fault but opportunity struck and I slid out the front door. Before Mom & Dad could catch me, 25 minutes of time that will "never" be recovered passed. I was only checking the neighborhood, back yards and; of course, the woods. Mom & Dad were not happy with me plus I didn't listen too well either. I'm working on my actions once again and back to square one on trust. Maddox, send me some good vibrations, okay?? Lucky, they didn't suggest a
    b-a-t-h..Welcome back Chloe, so good to hear from you. Ruby, how's Dad doing? Chewy, sounds like you are adjusting quite well, think Lucinda will take a picture of you and Black Mama and send it to the GS?? Abby & James Dean, home game on Thursday night.
    Dixie Boy, hope Mom's test results are great. Well better not push my luck today, Mom needs computer time too. Hi to all my Friends and Buddies. Back tomorrow if I stay out of trouble tonight, hehehe :)

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

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