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PostSubject: the sunflower that had sunflowers   Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:41 am

do you remember my sunflower that had sunflowers?
well...all the baby flowers went to seed as well.



*cool*

aren't they beautiful?



but the problem is this:
not a single seed in any one of those casings.
completely empty.
doh!
duh
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PostSubject: Re: the sunflower that had sunflowers   Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:43 am

Who cares they look great close up gasp
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PostSubject: Re: the sunflower that had sunflowers   Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:20 am

banana Tessa It makes such an interesting pattern in the close up.
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PostSubject: Re: the sunflower that had sunflowers   Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:25 pm

Tessa, I never get to see them like that; sulpher crested cockatoos and others get stuck about them and often break them below flower. I mainly grow them for the birds anyway so doesn't matter to me really. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: the sunflower that had sunflowers   Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:35 pm

Such a pretty pattern
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PostSubject: Re: the sunflower that had sunflowers   Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:33 am

A shame if you grew them for the seed but a pretty plant and great photographic subject winky-winky
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PostSubject: Re: the sunflower that had sunflowers   Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:28 am

i DID grow them for seed!!!!

if anyone can help me with australian sunflowers i would really appreciate it.
at home...the flowers were regularly dinner plate sized.
here...they are so small. i have bought 'giant' and 'king' and every large name in the name in the book...and these were the biggest so far, barely bread plate sized.

what variety am i supposed to be growing?
or better yet...does anyone have seeds for a truly large variety?
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PostSubject: Re: the sunflower that had sunflowers   Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:38 am

That photo of the whole plant - more or less - is terrific, Tessa. Do you know what sort that was. My Yellow Empress did that to a minor degree, an extra flower here and there, but not like that. Gee, I cut the seed heads off, assuming the seeds are fine, now I'd better check that they aren't like yours. I also had Giant Russian and Sunfola, neither of which was huge, which makes me wonder if it was just a bad year for them. Am I imagining it or not. Did Richard grow some huge sunflowers?
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PostSubject: Re: the sunflower that had sunflowers   Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:06 am

actually betty, yes, it was an emporess! good one! thumb2

i think the empty seeds may be a result of no bees, or poor weather conditions at the time of pollination.

i have been trying every year for 5 years and this is the same old story. i think it's the seed stock, or rather, the varieties.

i think richard grew smaller blossomed sunflowers that grew in clumps.
but if he's got biggies...i'll be prayer for seeds!
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PostSubject: Re: the sunflower that had sunflowers   Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:04 am

I'll have a look later and see if I have any giant sunflower seeds left. They are getting old and I gave a lot of them to the school so not sure what's left.
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