I’m happy to report that I can live up to my name of MUCK GIRL and the sunflowers I planted a couple of months ago, sprouted, grew, and BLOOMED.
They beat the odds really between the thunderstorms we’ve had in the Glades lately that produced whipping wind gusts of 40 mph and pelting rain. Not to mention, my hungry dog Dudley Dew, who thought sunflowers were just the tastiest treat ever.
Let’s review their progress:
Planted on 4-2-12:
Here We GROW, sprouted just three days later:
Getting even bigger – again three days later:
Six inches tall on 4-13-12
Only 20 days after being planted, a heavy thunderstorm took its toll on the plants:
On 5-2-12, a month after being planted and surviving bad thunderstorms:
A bud started to form on 5-16-12
And then it just seemed they grew overnight!
Getting so close to opening up:
And finally here they are in all of their glory –
And here I am looking quite proud –
I planted Mammoth Russian Sunflowers and boy, did these fellows live up to their name. The tallest one is nearly 8 feet.
I also planted Mexican Sunflowers. They didn’t bloom until after the Russian Mammoths. Here’s the bud:
The Mexican Sunflower is smaller and a fiery orange.
I have to give credit to the MUCK, which is so rich and fertile. I know it’s the reason for my successful Sunflower Season.
~ MUCK LOVE