The great thing about sunflowers, if you’ve ever planted them by seed, is that often they’ll reseed, or come back the next year, in the same spots or somewhere nearby. This is more likely to happen if you’re not diligent about deadheading (keeping the spent blooms cut off).
Late last fall the sunflower plants of summer were cut down and muscled out of the ground. By that point they had enormous stems and were very well rooted. It took some time to clear the garden of debris.
Obviously, not all of the sunflower seeds were composted – and I’m glad they weren’t – because this year, in addition to the extra sunflowers I seeded in late June, I already had these beauties up and blooming.
What a great way to extend the flower season in our ‘Better Late Than Never Garden’! Those shown here have bloomed out at this point, but their flower seed heads have created a feast for flocks of goldfinches…such a pretty sight early in the morning!
Sunflowers are so easy to grow from seed, and we carry many varieties from our supplier, Botanical Interests. New packets are available each spring, and the best selection always goes to the early birds!
Buy your seed and wait to sow them until the soil is really warm. You can begin sowing them directly in the ground any time after the middle of May and sow more every couple of weeks for even more continuous bloom.
And, if you get a late start, don’t worry! Remember, this garden gets seeded as late as the end of June and provides continuous color through September. So much happiness from a few packets of seed!
By Kris Blevons