Friday, August 2, 2019

Summer Blooms #3

A different plan was needed for growing sunflowers in my garden in 2019. Each spring I would envision a sunflower garden like I have done for over 10 years, and would diligently plant seeds only to have them dug up by squirrels. Can't blame them. Yummy. 

Without getting too analytical, let's just say it was time to buy sunflower plants from the nursery and see how it goes. We picked up our order, and planted them the first week of June. The woodchuck feasted on the plants overnight, so I quickly dug up the plants, placed them in pots and elevated them on the patio table until they grew to three feet tall. I have been overly dedicated to their success. 

I planted the sunflowers in the ground at the end of June, fingers crossed and hoped for the best outcome. We are still not out of the woods.  I have a feeling the critters will pull the sunflower plants to the ground, and start nibbling on the flowers.  That's what happened last year. 

I have been trying to be a good plant momma and save the tags to remember their names. I did find the daylily tags in a folder the other day. Woot!  I probably should have started an Excel spreadsheet 40 years ago. 

My records indicate the following (this is a reference for me)....

Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Queen Cerise') - Dark orange

William E. Davis (from Susan)   Daylily (Hemerocallis 'William E. Davis') Color description:  Melon with green throat

South Seas

Chicago Cherry

Eenie Fanfare

Eenie Weenie

Thanks for stopping by :-)  Happy August! 
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Love seeing your flowers!! We have geese, deer and ground hogs that have eaten my plants this year. I had a very large beautiful purple potato vine in the urn on our front porch last Sunday night. Monday morning I went out to water it and it had been eaten down to the dirt by a deer. Grrrr. The geese and ground hog ate my mandevillas on my patio also this year. Oh well I still love the animals!!

  2. I have lost the battle but am gooing to try again next yr.On IG I read never plant before tomatoes..and this yr really culd have been July..I am going to plant later next yr.Also read there are branching ones..but how I love the towering ones♥You're good the only dailily of mine I know the name of is Maggie;)

  3. You ARE a great plant momma, Debbie! Way to go with your diligence with the sunflower. Your daylilies are so pretty, and your hydrangea, too. My clematis is blooming, but my passion vine is getting eaten alive by caterpillars. At least I’ll see beautiful butterflies 🦋!!
    Happy weekend! ♥️🌻♥️

  4. Debbie, I have no idea the names of my day lilies. All I know is that they are heirloom day lilies from starts out of a garden in Dallas. I have two varieties, a yellow one and a tangerine variagated one. They all look sad at the moment, having bloomed in the late spring early summer. Your varieties are lovely, and I've made note of these names. As for keeping a record, Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is shared an excellent idea. She keeps the plant cards on a ring that hangs in her potting shed. I'm going to begin doing that! I keep the cards, but always end up tossing them because they are scattered. The ring is a clever easy idea. As for sunflowers, they grow wild here. I've had them sprout up in the garden, a gift from birds no doubt. Good luck with your plants. You are certainly being a good plant mom!

  5. I've never planted sunflowers and I love them so I need to change that. I'm afraid I've scattered all my name tags for plants in all the wrong places so no name records. Your flowers are lovely, mine have long bloomed out and looking end of summer sad. Love all your MC garden accessories in your pretty garden. Happy week Deb!
    PS: Deb, I leave the Christmas cactus outside during summer and fall then brings inside for beautiful blooms for Christmas.

  6. I hope you and your sunflowers win the battle against the critters, Debbie. They are so pretty and so you :) I've just been organizing photos of my daylilies to share soon too! Margaret (Maggie) is so pretty but I love them all. The third one reminds me of one I also have called Grand Palais which I also got from an old GB friend.


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