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sunflower house #2 - 2014

Posted by samhain10 5a MI (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 1, 14 at 23:08

Well, I'm back with the Second Edition of the Sunflower House. I built it in the same location, using the framework from before, but with the added benefit of some of last year's stalks to strengthen the structure.

I also moved the doorway around to face south, since my observation was that the sunflower faces pretty much didn't turn much further than this during the day. Certainly they never made it all the way around to the west side allowing me to get a truly decent pic of the entry.

Last week I was a little worried because everything I planted had sprouted - except the sunflowers! So I planted some more. And watered like crazy since we've been having non-stop sun and 80+ degree days. Yesterday and today I see all the little sunflower seeds coming up. Whew! The other things planted are some blue flax, poppies, calendula, catchfly, scarlet runner beans, morning glories and some tithonia (Mexican sunflower, by it's common name). I'll have to thin some things out to make sure the sunflowers have the space they need, but this year I should have a full lower planting, to complement the tall stuff.

Oh, I should have added that the bigger plants you see in the pic are things which seeded themselves there: St. John's wort and wild black-eyed Susan - I thought they'd be a lovely addition, so I left them!

This post was edited by samhain10 on Sun, Jun 1, 14 at 23:16

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RE: sunflower house #2 - 2014

Cool idea! I can't wait to see how this turns out.

RE: sunflower house #2 - 2014

Natebear - I made one last year that is posted under "Sunflower House" in this forum. Lots of pics since I documented it from start to finish. I enjoyed it so much I decided I'd do it again this year, but try to make it better. :)

RE: sunflower house #2 - 2014

So - here we are as of June 19th. Even though the sunflowers got a later start this year than last, I see they are pretty close to the same size now - judging by the pics posted before. We have had excellent growing weather, with some wonderful rainstorms, the most recent being yesterday and last night. The volunteer St. John's wort and fleabane are opening buds now; should start seeing some of the smaller stuff blooming soon - flax, poppies, calendula, etc. Will post again...

RE: sunflower house #2 - 2014

Here's the progress on the Sunflower House. The St John's wort, scarlet runner beans, evening stock and blue flax are in full bloom. And you can see some of the sunflowers putting on some height now.

RE: sunflower house #2 - 2014

As of July 9th. It will be fine, as long as the cats don't knock everything down while they have their playtime. :)

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RE: sunflower house #2 - 2014

Progress as of 7-20-14. Catchfly is blooming - that's the pink stuff. Sunflowers still have a ways to go.

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