Garden Desktop: Mexican Sunflowers 2006
Last year I started my Garden Desktop series with the wonderful Mexican Giant sunflowers that I grew from Parks Seeds. They're back!
They self-seeded a number of offspring, not all of whom survived the combination of snails and of my garden-bed relocations. I was delighted to see, however, that a couple of them came through with flying colors. I need to take them down at some point to move the greenhouse back about 3 feet, to clear a maintainance/inspection cover in the ground. However they're so pretty that I just can't quite bring myself to do it!
Easily 10 - 12 feet tall, with stems a few inches thick. We have some very strong winds here occasionally, so I took the precaution of staking the smaller pair, winding some tomato tape around the stems and back to the stake between them. The little finches who live nearby are already very excited about the ripening flower heads. :-) Here's the 1024 x 768 version. If you have a higher-res desktop, drop me a comment and I'll upload the 2592 x 1944 version for ya!