I was reminded by a garden blogger friend recently that it's not too late in my neck of the woods to make a second sowing of summer annuals such as cosmos, marigolds, zinnias, and sunflowers. I was thankful for the reminder; many of the spring blooming perennials have begun their summer decline. I'll appreciate the blooms in August, which is when my flower gardens traditionally look their worst.
Did you know?:
Sunflowers are native to the Americas.
The giant flower on sunflowers is actually made up of many tiny blooms? The center of the sunflower, where the seeds develop, is made up of tiny blossoms that bees absolutely love.
Sunflowers typically grow between five and twelve feet tall (not counting cute little dwarf sunflowers.)
At the bud stage, sunflowers exhibit a unique trait called heliotropism -- the bud of the sunflower faces the sun at all times throughout the day, starting the day facing east, and ending it facing west.
The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas and the national flower of Ukraine.
Sunflowers need full sun and rich, well-drained soil to reach their maximum height.
To protect sunflower seeds from birds, place a mesh bag or nylon stocking over the bloom until the seeds ripen.
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