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Helianthus

sunflowers...

sunflowers...

In a garden recently and I spotted this little beauty growing in a widow box….

It brought me way back to my childhood days. Dad used to have these old cavity concrete blocks running along side the oil tank. Every summer we’d go down to the library to get our free seeds and plant them direct into the hole. Well… I’d plant the seeds that I didn’t eat… 😆 It sounds a little silly in hindsight going out every morning to see if they had sprouted… 😉 The innocence of it all…..

Anyhow… the sunflower or helianthus of the asteraceae [compositae] family are a genus of about 70 species of annuals and perennials. The flowers can rage from 3″ approx in diameter to 12″ in the annual varieties. And surprisingly [possibly] not all flowers are yellow/ yellow brown.

The annuals are generally grown by seed sown in spring but the perennials may propagated by division and base cuttings.  

Prepare for it now and mark it on the 2010 calender. You can start growing them indoors around the end of February or outdoors at the ned of March. These little beauties will flower for you all the way from June to October.  Remember: plant only twice the depth of the seed.

  

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paeonia [peony rose]

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I love the peony roses. They were one of my Grandmothers favourites. But they came with so many ‘how and what not’ fables attached it’s infallable…. When my Nan passed away my Mam brought one of these from her garden and planted it in ours. It ‘died off’ shortly after she planted it… but came back up the following season.

I always thought of them as a bit of an old fuddy duddy. They are. And the fable that they hate being disturbed or moved *is* 100% correct. If you can and must, it’s probably best to do so over winter while they are sleeping.

Funny thing, I prefer these to the more common rose. But then again… these aren’t biblically/ botanically roses at all 😉

The paeoniaceae are a genus of over 30 species and they are herbaceous perennials truth be told. ie. they die back but come up year after year… Other than that, the only main thing of note is *if* you do manage to eat some of them [?!!] they will give you a bit of a dickie tummy! The real beauty about these plants is that they can be lifted and divided and passed onto the neighbours…. and what a gift to give!

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