Monday, September 19, 2011
Gardentime 2011: Sunflowers
That thing looks pretty ugly, doesn't it? It's a little hard to believe that it went from looking like this:
To that in only a very short amount of time. I'm waiting for its seeds to ripen and develop before I cut it down.
Sunflowers seem to be all the rage this summer. Every urban garden has at least one growing. I've seen them popping up in random spots such as empty lots in West Philly and in front of gas stations or the CVS. While I'm glad to have grown this one, I doubt I'll do it again. It's a huge use of resources for little pay-off. I mean, sunflower seeds are great and all but it's much cheaper to get them from the bulk foods section at the Whole Foods or wherever than to grow a single giant flower and wait for the seeds to be ready.
The little sunflowers, on the other hand, are very much worth the effort. Look at how sunny they are:
Unfortunately, they had an even shorter shelf-life and gave up the ghost back in the middle of July, aided, as in all things, by those pesky alley cats.