This past July 4th, several gardeners on Twitter were lamenting the fact that they hadn't planted sunflowers yet this summer, and I was one of them. After commiserating about our oversight, we decided we would plant them anyway and see what happened. What did we have to lose but a few seeds?
These were seeds I'd received as a free promotion from Natorp's Garden Stores at the Cincinnati Flower Show earlier this year. The seed packet had a coupon on the back of it, which I used, so I don't know which variety of sunflowers these are. (I'd emptied the seeds into a plastic bag for planting later.)
They don't have large flower heads, which may be normal for this variety, or it could be just another result of being planted late. I really don't know. I could probably contact Natorp's and find out which type these are.
In any case, we're enjoying their beautiful sunny blooms and so are the insects - sometimes all of them at once!
|A bumblebee, spotted cucumber beetle, and CabbageWhite butterfly |
feast at the nectar table together.
|The flower buds remind me of camera's aperture.|