Yes, I'm a little obsessed with sunflowers. But I don't like the ones on the giant stalks that have to be removed from the garden in the fall by using a chainsaw to take down the stems. In recent years I've been growing a variety called "Ring of Fire" that grows about five feet tall and is a bit more manageable when it's time for the compost pile.
This year I planted a new variety that was touted as being a "bush" sunflower. Apparently, some of the seeds didn't get the memo as the plants seem to be reaching for the clouds high above.
Here's a shot of the sunflower bed over and through a couple of other beds. That's a bed of green beans in the foreground, then the hoop trellis of Scarlet Runner beans and then the bed of the new sunflowers. Can you spot the very first blossom peeking out at you?
This is the first flower to open fully day before yesterday. Last night I spotted three more almost open.
I love to bring in sunflowers where I can enjoy them even more than in the garden. This flower from the "bush" (ha!) measures 8" across.
Gotta try new things, but next year I'm most likely going back to the "Ring of Fire" variety planted in the field garden.