Friday, May 17, 2013

Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground

Ah, the moment that you realize the fruits of your labor! Sunflower plants are prospering outside in the ground. I now can say I have a Sunflower Flower Garden. I had never in my life planted sunflowers. This is my first experience and I am quite pleased with the success of the Burpee Sunflower Seeds!

Imagine some time-lapse photography as you take a look at the following photos which show the growth, over the weeks, of those Sunflower Seedlings which magically became Sunflower Plants.

Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground April 28, 2013
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground : Take One
Photo taken April 28, 2013 by JaguarJulie Ann Brady
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground May 5, 2013
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground : Take Two
Photo taken May 5, 2013 by JaguarJulie Ann Brady
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground May 8, 2013
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground : Take Three
Photo taken May 8, 2013 by JaguarJulie Ann Brady
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground May 9, 2013
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground : Take Four
Photo taken May 9, 2013 by JaguarJulie Ann Brady
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground May 12, 2013
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground : Take Five
Photo taken May 12, 2013 by JaguarJulie Ann Brady
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground May 15, 2013
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground : Take Six
Photo taken May 15, 2013 by JaguarJulie Ann Brady
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground May 17, 2013
Sunflower Plants Prospering in the Ground : Take Seven
Photo taken May 17, 2013 by JaguarJulie Ann Brady
Nurturing the sunflower plants in the ground, I made sure that I watered them every day when there was new growth. After there was good growth, if we didn't get a rainy day, I'd be sure to water at least every other day to be sure the soil didn't get too dry. I also sprinkled Miracle-Gro Shake'n Feed Bloom Booster Plant Food along the three rows of sunflower plants. Oh, and in my Mexican Petunia gardens too where I have two Peter Pan Agapanthus!

As the rain washed through my Sunflower Garden, I needed more top soil. So, I added a layer of Miracle-Gro Garden Soil For Flowers and Vegetables to the rows. And, recently, I freshened up the red mulch throughout the flower garden.

The Growth Chart:
  • March 2nd = 0 inches
  • April 2st = 22 inches
  • April 28th = 33 inches
  • May 5th = 42 inches
  • May 9th = 49 inches
  • May 12th = 54 inches
  • May 15th = 62 inches
  • May 17th = 67 inches
It took approximately 2-1/2 months to hit 5 feet of growth for my sunflower plants! Of course, it was sooner than that in which I got my first sunflower bloom!

Next, I will share some very cool sunflower blooms.Oh my, but My Sunflower Blossoms are Blooming!

2 comments:

Kathy McGraw said...

Wow...loved the time lapse photos of your sunflowers. I didn't do nearly the amount of work you did. Just gave my grandaughter a pack of seeds and she planted them. I was pretty shocked they grew...little water, no fertilizer or conditioning of the soil, etc. I am not a gardner, but the kids plants all seem to do well :)

JaguarJulie Brady said...

Kathy, I'm glad you like the time lapse! I have a few more and think I've hit 7 feet. The largest plant has the largest blossom, it's an Autumn Beauty. However, the sheer weight of that blossom has cause the plant to droop -- so I've not measured to see that it is over 7 feet.

It's pretty awesome to see sunflowers from seed ... I did fertilizer/plant food, some water, and soil conditioning. Plus, Mother Nature gave us a lot of rain up front!

I'll bet the kids are enjoying them. xoxo