Nephew's sunflowers: going, going...
I'm raising some sunflowers with my little nephew. Things have been fine until the last week. Suddenly the snails or perhaps biting insects are going wild (we have a hard time with those and can't bait them). Aphids have appeared and are crinklig the new growth, and the most frightening thing--possibly rust? has appeared and looks like it could take a major toll.
So we may have to start over soon. Does anyone have any favorites I might find in a local nursery? In terms of brands, I know we have Renee's, Seeds of Change and Ferry Morse (and I'm sure others). Varieties I've noticed in the past are the Mammoth varieties (I seem to remember these when I was a kid) and Sunzilla (I like the name).
Anyone? If no input we'll probably try Sunzilla.