Members | Sign In
Ecosystem Gardening Community > Native Plants
avatar

Helianthus in bloom

posted Jul 14, 2010 20:56:59 by Carole
The downpours we've been having over the past few days have made my Helianthus really happy. Today so many blooms popped open that the garden is a riot of yellow. The rains are just in time because it has been so hot and dry that all of my plants were looking quite parched.
Community hostess, wildlife gardener, avid birder, loves butterflies and all other critters. Find me on Twitter @CB4wildlife
page   1
4 replies
avatar
mikekorner said Jul 16, 2010 03:30:29
Very cool!
--------------------------------------------------------
Bird lover, butterfly lover, animal lover, Earth lover
Have a great one!
@mikekorner
avatar
EllenSousa said Jul 23, 2010 14:59:19
Ours are in full bloom right now too! What type of Helianthus is yours? I grew mine from seed many years ago, it was supposedly Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolium) but I think it was mislabelled because Swamp Sunflower blooms in fall and mine most definitely blooms in July.

It reseeds really well here even though the Goldfinches seem to devour the seeds before they are even ripe. The interesting thing is that I tried to establish some seedlings in an area near our wildlife pond, they never overwintered (I think the voles got them) but since then, others have reseeded into that area and those plants are thriving. Just goes to show that usually Mother Nature is the more competent gardener :-)
Ellen Sousa
Garden coach, writer, teacher, plant geek and horse nut
Turkey Hill Brook Farm
Spencer, MA
Web: http://thbfarm.com
New England Habitat Gardening blog: http://blog.THBFarm.com
avatar
Carole said Jul 24, 2010 06:48:59
Mine is supposedly angustifolium, too, but it's definitely in bloom right now. Hmmmm now I have to go on a mission to figure out what I have. Hopefully Newcomb's wildflower guide will help.
Community hostess, wildlife gardener, avid birder, loves butterflies and all other critters. Find me on Twitter @CB4wildlife
avatar
EllenSousa said Jul 27, 2010 13:46:41
Interesting. I will do some research too. It's been bugging me for years!
Ellen Sousa
Garden coach, writer, teacher, plant geek and horse nut
Turkey Hill Brook Farm
Spencer, MA
Web: http://thbfarm.com
New England Habitat Gardening blog: http://blog.THBFarm.com
Login below to reply: