|Project by Desktopgem||posted 07-24-2009 01:47 PM||6161 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I bought these sunflowers from a garden centre when there were only three heads as in the project picture. The heads have subsequently died but have been replaced by lots of new little ones. Large sunflowers do not have more than one flower. You can click on the photos and download a copy if you wish from Webshots but if you would like to download a copy of the profile (3 heads) you can find that up on webshots also but no link to it in this project. Just click the back button to get back to this page.
The next door cat decided there was plenty of spare compost for him to romp in so I went off to the garden centre again and bought some herbs. These I planted to use up the space around the (dwarf) sunflowers and for use at a later date in the kitchen. The blue flowers of the hyssop compliment the yellow petals really well. With what spaces that were left I broke thin sticks and put them in to deter any further molestation by the cat.
During yesterday’s sunshine I stood and watched as two bees comfortably fed on one of the flowers side by side.
Besides the photographs I have taken a short video of the sunflowers in their new home; the trough. I mentioned that the insect there could be a bee or a bluebottle because I couldn’t see it properly through the tiny camcorder screen. I think it is a wasp, though it could be a hoverfly.
I will leave the last head to die and produce seeds so that I can have some more of these gorgeous and easy to manage sunflowers next year and, of course, they will be free of charge. Any surplus seeds I will either give to the birds or eat myself. I will cut the stem to compost level and leave the herbs to grow on undisturbed.
And just to add a bit of fun, I also have a sunflower in my kitchen!