Blooms in the sunflower garden! The moulan rouge variety is just splendid. I'm only sorry that the other one disappeared. We'd planted them symmetrically but somehow the counterpart on the opposite side vanished. So, we planted an autumn variety that I'm anxious to see. More blooms are on the way.
This was taken last Sunday (August 21, 2011) just before we left for the week and more blooms were on the way on this same plant. The only thing that isn't so fun is that this flower has lost its petals and just now the new blooms are ready. Ok...so maybe Hurricane Irene had something to do with the loss of petals. Maybe.
We have another variety in bloom this week and I took the pictures to share with you. This has been a fun project. The 4-H educators are coming to see our garden sometime soon. They are measuring for the tallest plants, but we didn't plant until Father's Day so I don't know why they are bothering! However, they insist that with the growing season being somewhat dismal this year, you never know what will qualify as a giant. We especially didn't plant the giant variety because with such a late planting date I didn't think we'd see it to the harvest before the frost.
Our Mammoth Grays are showing signs of forming flowers and they are the tallest we have. More pictures coming soon!