I know I am way behind most of you in the gardening season. Tradition in western Massachusetts is not to plant a garden until Memorial Day. I stick by this, mostly because it feels right. This year, with the warm weather, I probably could have gotten started earlier. Soon.
Spring always makes me think of planting my sunflower seeds. For all you sunflower and gardening fans, here's an article from last week's NY Times Thursday's Home Section. Read past the drivel of using the tap root to leach stuff out of the soil.... my sunflowers don't have a tap root! I may be wrong but I consider tap roots to be hollyhocks or burdocks. Am I wrong? The article introduces a Dr. Heaton and company who has spent 20 years developing a RED Pro-Cut sunflower. Fascinating. Must order. What about you?
From my photo archive, the pinky-red flower below is called Strawberry Blonde and I purchased the seeds from Johnny's. It has a multi-branching habit and blooms that aren't too big. Very pretty.
Check out this website - the retail arm of Dr. Heaton's research and development company. They have The Joker (photo below) which was very difficult seed to find last year. They also have Stella Gold. I was on a mad hunt for those seeds a couple years ago when Johnny's discontinued them. Never found them. Now I can get them again. Loved the wacky look of those blooms - long thin petals on a giant dark brown disc center. Grew them before I had a good camera hence no photo. Take my word - simply stunning. I usually buy all my seeds from Johnny's. Great customer service and fast delivery especially on the east coast.
Here's our sweet little kitten named Roxy. He's leaving this weekend.... We will miss him!
Good weekend everyone! Hope to see you tomorrow at the Webs Fleece Sale.