The man of the shorehouse thinks I went overboard on the sunflowers this year.
I think he may have a point.
These past couple of weeks they really took off, in a Jack and the Beanstalk-type way. I had to dig all sorts of spare plumbing parts and corner molding wood out of the basement to make little (big, really) stakes for them. The photo above was taken this past weekend, and the photo below was July 26 -- really only three weeks prior. Look at how wee they were:
This one looks to be the biggest of this year's crop. I should have measured it, but it's about eight feet tall.
And here's a bit of a horticultural oddity...I believe I've grown some sort of Siamese Sunflower Twin:
They've blocked out the rest of the garden, which is sadly showing some of its last blooms of the season. These yellow flowers, from the garden of fellow Jersey Girl Black Eyed Susan, really grew nicely from a handful of shoots I was gifted with early in the summer. Now that I know what they look like (tall and gorgeous, with a mum-like flower. Any idea what they are?), I will move them to a better patch of the garden next year.
And speaking of Black Eyed Susan, those are blooming as well:
I had a small bunch of roots last year given to me by a coworker. In one short year they've grown to be lush and shrub-like. I love how they've filled in.
Given all this yellow, I've made a note to find some flowers of different colors that are late bloomers that I can add to the mix last year. I think I'm off to a good start, thanks to these gifts of seeds including gorgeous purple Lupine, cultivated from the garden of another fabulous Jersey Girl Maureen.
Maureen and I met through the world of blogging (she should totally have a blog. No pressure. :-), and met for real last week. Along with the seeds she brought me a fabulous piece of Ocean Grove tent memorabilia (more on that coming soon) and this sachet she made using lavender from her garden. I wish these here internets had smell-o-vision, because this little lovely smells divine.
"L" for "lucky to have so many great people and in my world." And in my garden, which is just about 100% grown from seeds, shoots and bulbs gifted to me by others. A true community garden!