Thursday, May 28, 2009

Unfurling

I love this stage in the flowering process. They look as if their Medusa-like sepals are being sucked by some invisible force. Resist little flower, resist!


If you plant sunflowers from seed and have a squirrel problem, be sure to cover them with some mesh that will still allow for light to come through or some other device (e.g., over sized recycled water bottles, or a recycled clear plastic jar...just be sure to add some holes for air circulation)...then all you have to do is find a comfy chair, sit, relax and enjoy the show.

NOTE: sunflowers resent very much being transplanted. I start mine in peat pots so that the roots won't be disturbed when I place them in their permanent home in the garden.

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3 comments:

Darla said...

Beautiful photo. I like the unfurling process too.

Kara said...

My regular sunflowers bloomed HUGE! I just cut the flower head off (all of the petals had already fallen) to try to dry out the seeds!

Gardening Fool said...

Thanks Darla!

Kara- Oh lucky you! I had some of the extra huge varieties but the stoopid squirrels ate all the seeds. Ugh! I will be living vicariously through your sunflower experience ☺