of the Week for 147th November
By Lynn Kirkland
Now is the time to start planting sunflower seeds and keep planting them
every couple of weeks to get a great show for many months to come.
At the herb farm we collect our own seeds every year in the autumn and plant them in the spring.
It is always a lovely surprise when the flowers open to see what shades
of yellow we get and also whether we get multi-stemmed ones or the larger
headed single blooms.
The bees have worked their pollination magic and we just wait and see what we get.
Sunflowers are herbal plants because every part of the sunflower has a use ranging from sunflower oil from the seed to using the hard dried stems as firewood!
Children adore sunflowers and maybe this summer if you have room you could
grow a sunflower house.
Plant seeds in a rectangle or circle, leaving a gap for the entrance. Prepare the ground where the seeds will be sown so they germinate well. Dont plant the seeds too deep. A good guide is to plant them with the same amount of soil over them as the size of the seed.
As they germinate thin them out if need be and then let them grow up about a metre and then plant beans or sweet peas or other annual climbers beside the sunflower stalk.
These will wind their way up the sunflowers and then you can run string across the sunflower house to form a roof.
The climbing plant can then be encouraged along the string to form a ceiling.
Children will love to put a blanket in their house and relax in the shade while reading a book or playing a game with a friend.
This would be a lovely summer project for the children in your life whether with your own or grandchildren or nieces or nephews or even the neighbours children could be borrowed to help you create a sunflower house. And if there are no kids available make one for yourself if this takes your fancy.
Sunflowers cheer people up with their sunny personalities and add a bright spot to any garden.