Monday, 27 July 2020

Dwarf Fantasy Sunflowers and Blue Berries

Last week, I shared the echinacea growing in my vegetable garden plot.

Today its the turn of sunflowers. 
Although they have not been as tall and magnificent compared to years gone, they are still adding cheer and colour to the garden - so much so, our neighbours went to the garden centre and bought some potted sunflowers to put outside their front door. 
Ours came out of a packet called Dwarf Fantasy Mixed Sunflowers and were started from seed.
Indeed all are different and even different shades of yellow.
I think this is Sunzilla sunflower - very, very big sunflower - its still growing and taller than me, over five foot and came in a packet of its own.  
We do also have some Russian Sunflowers growing too, but more about them next time. 
Okay, so this is supposed to be Harvest Monday where I share homegrown fruit and vegetables with Dave from Happy Acres.  

So i have some homegrown blueberries to share. 
Turned into a Blueberry Loaf Cake adapted from thiCranberry , Carrot and Orange Bread recipe.
One Long Fiorentino Courgette with which i made pasta dish.
A handful of runner beans.
If you look closer, you will see that i also harvest the first yellow Neckargold French bean buts its looking more like a yellow runner bean. 
I f you look closely, you will note how closely have put vegetables together to make the most of the space this year.  From the right hand corner - Dazzling Blue Kale, then Perpetual Spinach, the  Long Fiorentino Courgette  and then Runner Bean wigwams and right at the back the Tall Climbing Pea frames (and some crocosmia creeping  in between the fencing from the neighbours).

17 comments:

  1. What a lovely composition of vegetables. I like to plant with an artist's eye.

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    1. Do you have a blog Sue, as your avatar link does not take me there? to repay the compliment.

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  2. The sunflowers are lovely, so bright and cheery looking! And the loaf cake looks yummy. It does look like you are maximizing your space in the garden. I do think planting closely helps keep weeds down too.

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    1. Thanks Dave. Yes, def. maximizing on space and feeling it, as struggling to know where to step. But yeah right does keep the weeds down too - had not thought of that!

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  3. Sunflowers are so spectacular! They are one of my favourites. But guess what happens with mine? Yes, of course, squirrels eat them! I have only one ;-( But they do not attack my echinacea (ballerina ;-) ) ! Yeah!

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    1. Indeed they are. Shame about the squirrels at your place.

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  4. I love sunflowers, they are so bright and cheerful. You have indeed taken full advantage of your space. It's packed full!

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    1. Thanks Michelle, absolutely and the bees love them too.

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  5. Your beans looks so good and the wigwams are just full of blooms. Your garden is beautiful. It's wonderful to see so many different things growing in your beds.

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  6. When I was still working a coworker who lived on a farm brought in armfulls of sunflowers. It made every person smile as she distributed one each to all our offices. Beautiful flowers that bring a smile.

    Your garden photos also make me smile. Loving that blueberry loaf.

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    1. Thanks Tina, they def do bring smiles to face - they are really cheerful.

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  7. I think that sunflowers are so cheerful. We don't have a garden but I bought lots of hanging flower baskets this year so we have lots of cheerful flowers while we are shut in. I love the look of your garden !

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    1. Thank you Judee, i agree about the sunflowers. Yes i remember not having a garden and hanging flower baskets are a wonderful way to brighten us a home.

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  8. your garden is so beautiful - I always love to see the pictures of it. Especially all those lush greens (and blues) in the last photo - Australia gets so brown in summer! And I miss getting out and seeing all the gardens about us - esp my parents garden. Sunflowers are such a magnificent flower - and it is so lovely how close you look at all the variations. Also love your blueberries - beautiful too!

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    1. Thank you so much Johanna, I am hoping to spend some time in the garden today, as some of the growth is unruly and needs pruning, hence taming to ensure more fruition as energy going into leaves rather than fruit. Shame that Australia gets brown in the summer, guess that is because it get so hot. I hope you get to see your parents garden in not too long.

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