Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What's in flower this week

My New Year Blog resolution was to document what is flowering when
This will help me organise planting for the year and reduce uncertainty.
The different coloured sunflowers have been great.
They do not continue to produce like the wild ones 
but do have strong straight stems
for cut flowers.

 I continue to underestimate size requirements when planting things like Zucchini
This year my Zuc has completely overgrown a basil patch.
I should have known better but when the ground is bare it is had to imagine
just how much space is required for this large leafed plant.
I am curious as to what I have to do to get my Gerbras to be long stemmed.
They had long stems on flowers when I bought them but ever since 
they have been producing like dwarfs. No good for cut flowers.
I will continue to experiment.

Shasta Daisy having a strong second flush of flowers.
This has been a great performer for cut flowers.

Zinnias continue to be my summer favourite

This red Verbeena is also a strong performer.
I regularly add these flowers to my bunches.

I was late planting my Asters this year. As a result they are short.
Good for the table posies but lost in the bunches.
Better planning required next season.

Stella, one of my faithful followers

Multi coloured sunflowers. Stunning and a favourite with the bees.

Wild self sown sunflowers. Almost like a forest. The meat ants are busy
on these plants. It is a bit of a challenge to cut a bunch or two 
from here with out attracting the wrath of the meat ant.
They are farming something...
not aphids this time but maybe they milking the seeds for sunflower oil?

My Lizianthus were great this year. They are a fab cut flower and 
add a touch of class to any bunch of flowers.
Here is a collection of Shasta, Aster, Zinnia, Verbeena.


Annie said...

Beautiful flowers Jayne. Good to talk to you tonight. I'll have to get you some more of the sunflower seeds from Lambley

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Love seeing your flowers. Those wild sunflowers are something else.

Which reminds me, I've got sunflower seeds to plant.

Happy gardening and harvesting.