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30/06/2014 at 12:51

As I have my first Sunflower of the year and I know quite a few if us are growing them through previous discussions, I thought I would start a thread so we can post all our happy sunflower pictures  I hope no one minds.

Here is my Black Knight.

 With the sun shining in it this morning it looks like chocolate



30/06/2014 at 12:54

That is stunning OL. Mine are still only 3' high (and some shorter)

30/06/2014 at 13:00

It is lovely 

Mine all died/ didn't come up...

30/06/2014 at 13:00

That is a beauty, well done, mine are no where near at flowering stage and then only old fashioned yellow ones.

30/06/2014 at 13:07

Some of mine are shorter and I have some in pots, not all sunflowers grow very big though.  I have some called Brown Eyed Girl (which were old seeds and I won't be growing again a I can't find them!) and they only grow to 3-4' but have several flowers. Most of my others are nowhere near flowering  and I was surprised to see this hiding away.

Lyn, nothing wrong with 'old fashioned yellow ones', I have some of those too.  I love sunflowers, I think they are such a happy flower  I have about 25 growing, of 4 different varieties......I should change my name to Sunflower Lady 

30/06/2014 at 13:18

Definitely getting these for next year, along with Italian White 

30/06/2014 at 13:49

The tallest of my 4sunflowers, (out of the 30 seeds I started with ), is only about a foot tall.

30/06/2014 at 18:29

Oh no Pauline, I wonder why?  They are easy to grow usually, they must be because they are just about the only thing I've grown successfully before I came on here!! Not all my seeds germinated though, I think because some were old and a couple got destroyed in the wind earlier in the year. Are they getting plenty of sun?

30/06/2014 at 22:09
Hi Orchid Lady great thread ! Yep I do think you should change your name to sunflower lady ! And I'm with you, sunflowers are such happy flowers. Mine were old seeds, can't remember the name and as I've got a dog on my knee I'm not allowed up to check ! But they were supposed to be 6-8 foot. About half are flowering at 3-5 foot with small heads, so a bit disappointed. But more to come with side shoots. I'll try and post pics soon, but I'm not very technical.
That's one of the things I love about living in France, fields upon fields of sunflowers that are SO beautiful. And it's great to be able to pick a few on the quite for vases in the house. Although not everything is rosey about life in France and I miss England alot.
30/06/2014 at 22:09
Ps - love your pics !
30/06/2014 at 22:13

Most of them just disappeared from the garden, hungry birds I guess.  

30/06/2014 at 23:06

 Pauline, I lost a couple to slugs/snails that absolutely destroyed them in one night, my dogs have broken a couple after planting too.  It's just as well I did grow too many as in the end there is just enough. I hope the 4 you have give you lovely happy flowers and that you will share your pics with us.

Thank you Lily, I think I would get banned if I changed my name again, it caused enough confusion when I changed it to Orchid Lady (it was Tracey Newbie!!) 

01/07/2014 at 20:20

mine are ok at the minute, managing to keep slugs at bay. no where near flowering yet though.


01/07/2014 at 21:17

Mine are the same Sunny Sarah. Mine are still growing. No sign of flower heads yet!!

Yours look fab OL. Very jealous you have flowers.

01/07/2014 at 21:22

I've still got 4   First time I have tried growing them.

01/07/2014 at 21:58

I love Sunnysarah's avatar 

02/07/2014 at 18:34

I found one of mine that was almost 6ft, snapped in half this morning! Not impressed.

02/07/2014 at 18:52

Oh no, I'd be gutted  Do you know what did it or was it just the weight?

This one is in a pot, I have them on each side if my back door, and looks like it will be open anytime  I think it's Brown Eyed Girl so can't wait to see it.

02/07/2014 at 18:54

I haven't got a clue it was perfectly fine last night

02/07/2014 at 20:15

The sunflowers which the slugs etc didnt get, are also nowhere near floweitng stage, but they seem to be growing without any thing eating them. What a beautiful sunflower. I thought they were all yellow, hence the name.

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