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Name: Walter Fritsch Jr
Connecticut (Zone 6a)
Retired Gone Postal, Retired Army T
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Wally2007
Jun 11, 2020 12:56 PM CST
My little paradise East Haven CT
Hopefully, my new crop will outdo those of 2019.


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Name: Zoƫ
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Herbs Salvias Composter Bee Lover Container Gardener
Bookworm Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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NMoasis
Jun 11, 2020 2:26 PM CST
Those are beautiful, Wally. What a diverse selection! I get the same high-desert variety every year here in Albuquerque. I've tried growing all the various colors and sizes, but they never thrive. These just come up every spring and I pull them out where I don't want them. I always leave one or two in the salad greens bed to provide necessary shade as the weather heats up. I also save some of the stalks for use as plant stakes the next year. My favorite part is late summer when the yellow finches arrive en masse to gorge on the seeds.

Last summer they went bonkers and grew bigger than I've ever seen them. The second one pictured toppled over and I measured it: 14 feet! Hilarious!

This year I had seedlings everywhere--in the pathways, garden beds, between pavers, in pots. I pulled out dozens if not hundreds of babies. Broke my heart but fed the compost bin!

They are common and require no gardening skill, but there's nothing like a sunflower to cheer up the garden!

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For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
Name: Walter Fritsch Jr
Connecticut (Zone 6a)
Retired Gone Postal, Retired Army T
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Wally2007
Jun 11, 2020 5:16 PM CST
Last year was the first time I've had sunflowers. The variety really catches my eye. I love planting all flowers and shrubs. I pretty much delve in perennials with the exception of a few annuals. I find great self-satisfaction in seeing all the results with all my plants. I love a beautiful landscape of all my property and over the many years, I have been at it, it's revealing some true beauty.
Concerning the current arrangement of my sunflowers, I will post in a day or two.
Thank you for your reply.
Be Safe, Take Care & Have A Happy!!!


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