Sunflower Beauties

Sunflowers are a favorite among gardeners. They are simple to grow, they aren't fussy and the fun doesn't end when the bloom dies. In fact, you could say it just begins!


I bought Mammoth Sunflower Seeds and planted them directly in the ground around May 1. (That's when its warm enough in Middle Tennessee to plant.) From there they grew and grew. I actually planted mine around a bamboo teepee. They don't have to be staked though.



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Zinnia

Zinnia's are another summer favorite. They are easy to grow and bloom all summer long. With so many things dying this time of year, it's great to have a stunning flower you can rely on. 


I grew these from seed and are the Candy variety. I started the seeds in a seed tray in March. Put them in the ground in April and really didn't see any blooms until July. They are a warm weather flower, so next year I'll wait until May. One they start blooming, they don't stop!

They are also a favorite of butterflies- which is even more of a reason to grow them! Mine grew about 4 feet high, so make sure to plan for that. I actually have them in front of my nasturtium and now I can't even see it. I will fix that for next year. They also come in every color imaginable, I just have a deep pink variety this year.


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