Nothing says summer like a garden full of Helianthus
I like sunflowers for their height, variety of color and ability to draw bees and birds, so I usually start a bunch of different ones in early spring and scatter them about the acre. Then, right as summer starts to get into full swing, we’re rewarded with big blooms popping out of the ground everywhere.This year some of the scrub jays and mockingbirds did a little scattering for me, so I have a bunch of them in the strangest of places — in the middle of a tomato plant, under an orange tree, and scattered among the blackberries.
I also have what I call “the patch”, a typically dry area that once a year I toss a handful of black oil sunflower seeds and let them run wild. In the fall it’s so full of jays, woodpeckers, finches, mockingbirds, and others all chittering, squawking and tweeting at one another.
Sometimes the avian excitement is so great, it’s hard to hear anything else.
Here’s a small gallery of the sunflowers you might come across as you wander the Acre.
Where to find the sunflowers in this post
- Autumn Beauty — red and yellow bi-color sunflower (Link: Pinetree Garden Seeds)
- Black Oil — yellow field sunflower (Link: Amazon or any bird seed retailer)
- Earthwalker — red/orange multi-stem sunflower (Link: Pinetree Garden Seeds)
- Giant Gray Stripe – Russian giant sunflower (Link: Pinetree Garden Seeds and many others)
- ProCut® Lemon — creamy yellow sunflower (Link: Johnny’s Seeds)
- Mammoth — giant sunflower (Link: Ferry-Morse or any seed retailer)
- Moulin Rouge — multi-branching red sunflower (Link: Pinetree Garden Seeds as well as many others)
- Sonja — multi-branching yellow sunflower (Link: Johnny’s Seeds )