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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 16th August, 2019)

Sunflowers in Fine Fettle


Sunflowers in Fine Fettle
Both plants are now seven foot tall with a flowerhead of eight-inches in diameter. They were grown from seed then moved-on into four-inch pots, and finally ‘on into twelve-inch pots. The photo was taken from the seated position – The sky echoing their garden-supremacy.

Photo: Philip G  (Nikon Coolpix L29)
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Comment by: XPat on 16th August 2019 at 01:23

Excellent picture Philip. Love the angle you took it from against the sky. Very Uplifting picture. Thanks Philip.

Comment by: Anne on 16th August 2019 at 07:09

Didn't realise canes could be bought of that length. Super colours to brighten today up.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th August 2019 at 07:28

Lovely fresh sunflowers - there'll be loads of seeds from them to share with the birds.
Good photo Philip - I don't remember a sunflower picture on here - reminds me of the fields in the Dordogne

Comment by: Mick on 16th August 2019 at 07:28

They look very healthy, mine all ended up with brown leaves.

Comment by: Poet on 16th August 2019 at 07:32

What beauties you make Pip, from pen or pot.

Comment by: Axcroft on 16th August 2019 at 08:40

That's inspired me to have a go at growing myself. Thanks.

Comment by: Maureen on 16th August 2019 at 08:48

I grew some last year fron the sunflower seeds in a packet of bird seed,but they must have been inferior quality obviously coming in bird seed because they weren't half as pretty as yours Philip..mine was just an experiment..yours look lovely.

Comment by: Gary on 16th August 2019 at 09:03

Reminds me of the Day of the Triffids!

Comment by: David Barker on 16th August 2019 at 09:22

Ive grown some in pots this year from seeds out of the wild bird food.
The tallest is about five feet tall no flowers on yet, yours look great Philip, like the photo angle, makes them look even taller, well done.
Ive found out if you grow them outside the slugs or snails eat the tiny shoots, so I cut the top and bottom off a plastic bottles to put round them to protect them seems to be effective.

Comment by: Pat McC on 16th August 2019 at 12:51

Beautiful flowers and wonderful colours. Thanks Philip.
These flowers remind me of Andy Pandy and the Flowerpot Men!

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 16th August 2019 at 13:04

Beautiful photo Philip, beautiful sunny blooms too, against the blue summer sky

Comment by: Philip G. on 16th August 2019 at 14:28

Thanks XPat.
And the Bumblebee, . . . do you see him, . . . at the 3:15 position on the flowerhead to the left . . . I almost forgot to mention him.
Thanks Anne.
The two 8' canes came out of the pack that I bought some five or six years ago from a shop in St Hel . . . 'er' . . . close to home, and they're holding-out well.
Thanks V.B.
And nor had I recalled 'a sunflower shown previously on P-a-D'. It won't be too long, now, before Goldie and his chums begin to tuck-in.
Thanks Michael.
Shame about the fallen leaves, . . . ne'er mind, . . maybe next time, then.
Thanks Boz.
Brave, with biro or blacklead.
Thanks Maureen.
Shame about last year's sunflower seeds having failed, so perhaps you might care to try those offered in seed packets, next year - I've been told that the source has a better strike rate. However, I feel that the bulk of last year's pack of bird seed had provided much for the well-being of your feathered friends; Their appearance for your pleasure.
Thanks Gary.
'Triffids - 1963 version, please.
I remember the night-watchman taking his lunch beside his transistor radio in the greenhouse, and his horror-struck face as the 'slitherin became nearer and nearer' (With thanks to Pte. Frazer.), and then Agh! They don't make 'em like that, anymore - Todays fiends spewing out Swarfega every which way.
Thanks David.
Good Luck with yours; There's still, time.

Comment by: Philip G. on 16th August 2019 at 15:07

Thanks Pat.
Andy Pandy, and Flowerpot Men days, eh?; Days when, as children, we would make startling observations such as 'You can see the wires', You can see the ventriloquist's lips move, You can see him breathing, when he's supposed to be dead, . . .
Thanks Helen.
And it's lovely to hear from you.
I went to an 'old' schoolfriend's 70th Birthday Party a few weeks ago, he and his his fourteen brothers and sisters came from Up Holland; You can see most of the family (For want of a better term.) at Item 10956 - Jim is second from the right, on the back row.

Comment by: Mick on 16th August 2019 at 15:13

Bloke in Shevy used to grow some very tall sunflowers and he held the British record which was just short of the world record

A Wigan gardener has said he is "a good summer" away from beating the record for the world's tallest sunflower.

Richard Hope, from Shevington, has seen one of his flowers reach 25ft 3in (7.69m) this year, only 1ft 1in (33cm) short of the world record.

Mr Hope, who has been growing the flowers for 25 years, said the secret to tall plants was "attention to detail; starting them off in the greenhouse... and looking after them right through, without them drying out".

Comment by: FW on 16th August 2019 at 15:42

What a gem what a peach,
What a glorious reach ,
Reach for the sky,
My head proud and high,
Laughing am I as I reach for the sky

The wind is my ballet ,
It cools down my face
The sun makes me smile ,
I brightens the place

When darkness she comes ,
I wish her goodnight,
And wave to my planted ,
As he puts out.... ‘our’ light..

Comment by: Philip G. on 16th August 2019 at 23:32

Then Mr Hope would have used a 'high' potash feed, Mick. And hasn't FW hit the high spots with his latest - Its first two lines really get things growing.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th August 2019 at 07:38

Just wondering is the 'new' FW the 'old'
From where....seems more than mysterious co-incidence.

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