Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Last Signs of Summer.


This year I planted 6 giant Sunflowers, (my all time favourite flower!)and while planting them I came across a self set plant. They pretty much look after themselves and never fail to amaze me. How can such a tiny seed less than 1 cm long grow into such a huge plant several metres tall with a whacking great big flower the size of a dinner plate ? All that happens in the space of 8 weeks.
Sun flowers are for me 'summer' in a plant.
One of the plants was not in a hurry to flower, while all the others had obvious buds, this one refused to stop growing. 6 of them flowered before this one decided that it would make an effort. It finally flowered last week and its massive the head is twice the size of the others, being a true maverick it decided to face my neighbours garden so I went around last night and got this shot, look at the lovely grey sky behind it!!
We only have a small garden and they dominate the space, dad gave me some dahlias which I planted underneath, he gave me six mixed plants which all turned out to be bright orange!! In the same border I have nasturtiums and cream roses, I am all co-ordinated this year!!
Once the sunflowers have finally finished their display, I will behead them and hang the heads up to dry in the conservatory, there should be loads of seeds for the birds and some to save for next year and a fresh crop of sunny giants.

6 comments:

Maureen said...

Your picture is gorgeous! Looks like it should be a post card! And yeah...does remind me of summer....
((()))reen

Travis Erwin said...

And the seeds are tasty to boot.

Manna said...

WOW, what GORGEOUS pix! Reen is right! You need to send it in to make postcard out of. Did you know, sunflower is Kansas's state flower? I love them too! Thanks for sharing your beautiful flower! You ought to write about your camera sometime :)

suebaru said...

Save me some seeds!! I've forgotten to plant any the last few years!

gina said...

Gorgeous pic, it looks great when you enlarge it, what a shame summer (what we had of it) is over though
Gina xxx

jakey said...

Wow, that's some impressive flower! if you keep the seeds please send me some, my oldies would love those... the one's I planted for them this year were pants! I was too embarrassed to take their picture - they looked more like bedraggled asters... :-)Lol!!!