Monday, September 10, 2012

Mammoth Sunflowers

What started as a few Mammoth Sunflower seeds became one of the most interesting beds this year. The flowers were towering over us and slowly, over time, opened and became a vibrant yellow and green and then grew to enormous size and started drooping over until they filled with seeds and we were able to harvest them.  We took the seeds out of the first couple that were done, and have 3 more large flowers to harvest seeds from.  I really enjoyed this experiment. The Summer of looking out the window to a beautiful bed of flowers and the song of the American Goldfinches, as well as the many, many different bees and other insects we observed - all made this a fun and interactive garden for many months. We interacted with the garden as well as the many people who stopped by and commented on the flowers - or slowed down to see them as they drove by. We will definitely be including the Mammoth Sunflowers in the garden next year!

Evening walks in the garden - wine in hand

Amazing pattern

Seeds from the first Sunflower

Checking on another flower

Even now - smaller flowers still try to grow

Seeds from the second Sunflower

A treat for the Squirrels and Birds

The flowers are all cut down, but some of the stalks are still standing as we wait for the Mexican Red Beans to dry for harvesting.  Scheming has already begun as to where these beauties will be next year and how we can grow more of them! Such a rewarding effort in so many ways.


  1. Awesome!! Those look so cool. I think I will plant them next year too. And put some slug bait out early before they munch them all up!

  2. Meg, you should definitely plant them! They are small for a little while, and then grow like crazy - the kids would love them (and so would you) :)

    It is so amazing that one little seed can produce a flower a foot across and full of that many seeds...we'll be planting lots more in the Spring. We also planted Red Mexican Beans that grew up the stalks and are turning out to be great for drying.

    The upside this year - it was so dry that we didn't have many slugs at all.