Monday, August 26, 2013


HELIANTHUS ANNUS  or commonly called SUNFLOWER, is an annual plant native to the Americas. It has a large flowering head and it's name comes from the shape of the petals that look like the rays of the sun. They can reach heights of 5-12 feet. The Guinness World Record has one recorded at over 24 feet tall. They grow best in full sun, in fertile, moist, well-drained soil and appreciate a heavy mulch. They are often referred to as a weed, especially in farmer's fields or mountainsides where they can grow rampant. The newer hybrids come in a large array of colors: Red, brown, orange, maroon, and some beautiful variegated ones. This arrangement has blooms from my neighbor's 12-foot plants. I'll be interested to see the vase-life of this wonderful, golden beauty.

Susanne Holland Spicker Mother, Grandmother, Homemaker, Gardener, Teacher, Photographer

Passion is defined as the love of, or the object(s) of affection and emotion. I am passionate about family, friends, flowers, food, photography and fabulous music! This blog is dedicated to those loves.

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