In late April I began work on a new project on the south side of our garden shed, a full-sun area we hadn’t utilized. After weeding then amending the 6×20′ area of soil with compost, I transplanted over 150 sunflower seedlings I’d started in the shed and greenhouse. Sunflowers or Helianthus annus have been faithful bloomers for me here at Coppertop in 2014 and 2015, as seen below.
First, I gave the seedlings an opportunity to harden off and adjust to our cool spring temps while still in their trays.
Chianti, Solar Eclipse, Goldy Honey Bear, and Red Sun are some of the varieties I planted, along with plenty of mammoth sunflowers. Adding stakes and tying all 150 babies took large chunks of time. The thought of a beautiful, huge, summery patch of gold and red flowers kept me going.
By June the sunflowers had taken off!
Kudos are due to Hubby and Son who created the charming rock border. Those boulders are hefty, and they loaded them into the truck — free for the taking from some friends who wanted them gone from their landscape — then unloaded them and arranged them!
So here we are in mid-July, still experiencing our coolest and dampest summer since moving to Coppertop over two years ago. The progress of the sunflowers has been slow but steady. Yesterday I noticed our first large (6 ft.) and small (4 ft.) blooms. Many more on the way!