13 September 2012

A collection of sunflowers

Sunflowers are a big hit in the garden. Each year we grow some from seeds we purchase, but others from seeds we've collected in prior years. Sunflowers can pick up traits from other varieties if they are anywhere within .5 to 3 miles away. Since we always plant different varieties in the same garden, our harvested seeds we simply call "St. Anne's Sunflowers".

Here are some photos of our flowers now in Fall 2012. Did you know that a sunflower is actually comprised of 100's-1000's individual flowers on its face? Each seed is attached to its own flower.  While we might think of a sunflower as one giant flower, it's not that at all!