We have a blooming sunflower

@JudyEv (153346)
Bunbury, Australia
February 9, 2019 11:36pm CST
Vince has a particular fondness for sunflowers and sweet peas. I know The Horse (@TheHorse) also likes planting the odd sunflower and watching it grow and bloom. As they are fast-growing and relatively easy to grow, they are good plants to use to introduce children to the joys of gardening. Vince planted a few seeds some time ago and now the first flower has appeared. It’s in the photo above. The plant isn’t very tall but already has a heap of buds on it. Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) always look bright and happy to me and of course, birds love the seeds. Here are some interesting points about sunflowers: • Typical height is about 3 metres with the record being a mighty 9.17 metres (30.1 ft). • What is normally called the flower is actually the flower head. • It is the state flower of Kansas, the national flower of Ukraine and one of the city flowers of Kitakyushu, Japan. • Sunflowers were worshipped by the Incas who viewed it as a symbol for the sun. • There are a great number of cultivars which include a range of colours both for the outer petals and the central disc. Do you have sunflowers growing in your region?
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@louievill (20986)
• Philippines
10 Feb
Sun flower grows here too, we eat the seeds, my parrot loves it too. Your post reminded me of that Sophia Lorraine movie. Vince's flower is lovely.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
It is a very strong looking plant isn't it although it isn't very tall. I loved the fields full of sunflowers in France. I'd never seen them grown as crops before. We had to wait days to find a paddock with their faces turned towards us.
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@louievill (20986)
• Philippines
10 Feb
@JudyEv it's possible they harvest the seed from that. I buy roasted and Molo my parrot eats it as is pet shop bought, I kilo is more expensive than rice lol! I'll try sowing it to see if it will grow
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
@louievill My mother planted some near her apple trees in the hope that the parrots would eat the sunflower seeds and leave the apples alone.
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@JohnRoberts (73128)
• Los Angeles, California
10 Feb
Yes. I have been to Kansas and they are all over the place.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
Apparently they are regarded as weeds when they come up where they're not wanted.
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@JohnRoberts (73128)
• Los Angeles, California
10 Feb
@JudyEv They are weeds in Kansas alongside roads.
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@noni1959 (4298)
• United States
10 Feb
Sunflowers are what I call a happy flower. They are so pretty. I love sweet peas. My oldest sister used to grow sweet peas and carnations to give me on my birthday.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
Carnations are lovely and I love the perfume. I don't see them very often nowadays. I had carnations in my wedding bouquet.
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@noni1959 (4298)
• United States
11 Feb
@JudyEv How lovely. I love the fragrance. Mostly flower shops have them now when I used to find them in grocery stores.
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@cacay1 (33232)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
10 Feb
Lovely flowers, in Ph sunflowers are found in a cold place like Baguio city. I saw many of this kind in New Zealand.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
I would think New Zealand would be getting a bit cold for them but they are quite tough plants.
@wolfgirl569 (19028)
• Marion, Ohio
10 Feb
I am planting some when it gets warm enough out this year. I love them too.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
These have grown quickly but it's probably due to the warmth.
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@Shavkat (70149)
• Philippines
10 Feb
We do have sunflowers here. In fact, we are celebrating the Flower Festival this month. I had seen most of the beautiful flowers here.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
A Flower Festival would be something very special.
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@Shavkat (70149)
• Philippines
11 Feb
@JudyEv It is my dear friend. Every province in my country has its own festival. We call it "Panagbenga" or the Flower Festival in my city. Image Credit: hlimg.com
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
@Shavkat Wow, that is very colourful.
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@WiseGhots (9993)
10 Feb
What a beautiful one! Look at those leaves.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
The leaves are massive aren't they? The plant looks very healthy.
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@WiseGhots (9993)
10 Feb
@JudyEv Yeah. It really is.
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@mandala100 (56113)
• Hong Kong
10 Feb
A nice sunflower my friend.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
Thank you. They are pretty flowers.
@LadyDuck (201273)
• Switzerland
10 Feb
I have very tall sunflowers during summer in our garden. Most of the time the birds "seed" them from the feeders.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
That is a lovely photo. It's interesting that the centres can be different colours.
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@LadyDuck (201273)
• Switzerland
10 Feb
@JudyEv The center becomes darker when it produces seeds, this one was still pretty young.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
@LadyDuck Do some centres start off darker? I must check ours and see if the black centre is seeds or just dark-coloured.
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• China
10 Feb
Over here sunflowers are common plants too.Their flower discs can be used to drop blood pressure.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
That's is interesting. Is it eating the seeds that drops blood pressure?
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• China
11 Feb
@JudyEv It is just the flower disc without seed.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
@changjiangzhibin89 I didn't know that. It is good to know these things.
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• Pamplona, Spain
10 Feb
We would have to go far out to find them and the nearest are in Torres de Elorz where they have huge fields of them. They are almost always big and tall and awesome to contemplate. Lovely image of the sunflower its one of the best flowers to cheer you up.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
We saw fields of them when we were in France. They are a lovely colour and, as you say, they do cheer you up.
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• Pamplona, Spain
10 Feb
@JudyEv They are so impressive to be by as well powerful to be in a field of them taking care not to tread on them.
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@allknowing (77150)
• India
10 Feb
What a healthy plant, the flower the bud prize worthy
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
It looks really healthy doesn't it?
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@allknowing (77150)
• India
10 Feb
@JudyEv Pretty robust
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• United States
10 Feb
I have never been successful at growing sunflowers. Even if I buy seeds for the giant version, they only reach half the height and the flowers are not big. Saddens me a little to see how others are able to grow them. I do have a very sunny spot in my yard and am going to try again this year. They are beautiful flowers and I really love them. So, if at first you don't succeed, you try try again.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
This one is growing at the rate of knots. I think Vince must have planted it straight into some manure or whatever.
@jstory07 (75090)
• Roseburg, Oregon
10 Feb
We do not have any yet but we are thinking of planting some.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
They seem to be easy to grow which is always a bonus.
@snowy22315 (60347)
• United States
10 Feb
Yes, I like sunflowers..Some people grow sunflowers here but not too many.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
Maybe it's not quite warm enough.
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@snowy22315 (60347)
• United States
11 Feb
@JudyEv It's warm enough..they just aren't super popular. In the summer I saw a big field of them..they were being sold.and people were taking pics with them. II wish I had known about it,in advance I would have stopped. People were taking pics with them. They even grow sunflowers in the north.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
@snowy22315 I wonder if there is some reason they're not popular.
• United States
10 Feb
Many of the major highway exits around here have flowers planted in what would otherwise be unused space. My favourites are the ones filled with sunflowers. I like most flowers but sunflowers strike me as being particularly cheerful.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
I should imagine they'd be a good choice as long as they weren't where they could restrict vision. They can get quite tall.
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• United States
11 Feb
@JudyEv all the ones I've seen have been that variety that's only a meter or so tall.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
@SophiaMorros Vince's is surprisingly short to be blooming but it is growing by the day.
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@youless (95754)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Feb
We have a park here and in the past there were lots of sunflowers there. I am not sure what it is today. I think sunflowers are seasoning and we may not see them all the time.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb
I think they would be seasonal. They make a lovely display.
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@youless (95754)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Feb
@JudyEv I am not sure about that. I just guess not many flowers can survive in the winter.
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@Hannihar (52112)
11 Feb
@JudyEv Not sure if we have them or not. I like the picture of yours. Yes The Horse has mentioned them too.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
They are good flowers for kids.
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@Hannihar (52112)
11 Feb
@JudyEv That is nice.
@nela13 (12964)
• Portugal
10 Feb
Yes, we have, It Is such a beautiful flower.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
They are so bright. When the sun is on a sunflower crop, they are almost dazzling.
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@nela13 (12964)
• Portugal
13 Feb
@JudyEv Yes, they are
@just4him (140921)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Feb
It's a very good picture. Sunflowers are pretty. The only thing growing is the height of the snow falling.
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@JudyEv (153346)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
This plant seems to be doubling its height every few days. It is really taking off.
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@just4him (140921)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Feb
@JudyEv That's great. I know they can get tall.
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