April 25, 2024
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Sunflowers are useful as well as beautiful

The bouquets draw in pollinators and other advantageous insects, and they come in an almost-mind-boggling amount of kinds.

Like most gardeners I know, I’m fond of sunflowers. That’s why I paid exclusive consideration to a radio interview with a flower farm operator who was expressing acute delight in her summertime crop of cut sunflowers. I took take note of her assistance: Plant sunflowers shut with each other, involving 10 and 12.5 centimetres aside.

Most sources advocate that spacing only for the dwarf versions, and a bare minimum 60-cm spacing for the giants.

The grower’s tips turned my views to a long row of sunflowers escalating just a block absent from my house. I’d been admiring the abnormal planting all summer time, as the crops designed, flowered, and made seed heads of numerous dimensions. By mid-Oct these seed heads had taken on a drooping posture.

The sunflowers grew on a slim size of floor that sloped carefully down to the street, in entrance of a property’s south-facing side fence.

Seeds had been planted in a sequence of indented circles, every 50 to 60 cm across, arranged 120 to 180 cm aside. Six to eight crops grew in most of the circles, with no apparent spacing among them. The most significant seed heads produced from a circle with just two, thick-stalked sunflower crops. I’d never noticed sunflowers grown in this way. It’s a testomony to innovation in gardening.

I’m usually bedazzled, and often confused, by the numbers of sunflower varieties. Johnny’s Chosen Seeds, a lower flower professional, lists six web pages of them. A wide range in size, plant pattern and flower colour is just one particular of the sunflower’s property. The crops and flowers are helpful as well as stunning.

The flowers draw in pollinators and other useful bugs. West Coast Seeds endorses inter-planting sunflowers with squash plants, to maximize pollination in the squash bouquets. Sunflower plantings have been used in spots like Chernobyl and Fukushima to remediate soils that have develop into polluted with harmful toxins.

Rosemary approach. It is often intriguing to uncover diverse techniques of developing and utilizing vegetation. On the wander property from getting a near glance at the sunflower planting, I visited a neighbour’s back garden the place I’d been admiring an uncommon rosemary bush that was strategically put at a restricted house corner up coming to a slender route.

The rosemary experienced been experienced to a single trunk that separated into three upright branches at all around 25 cm from the ground. Mainly because of the limited spacing, the sides have been kept slash again to allow for cost-free passage about the corner and along the slim facet path. The outcome: a wall of younger, comfortable, fragrant foliage that releases its fresh new scent at each individual passing.

Situating plants with fragrant foliage along pathway edges makes sure the satisfaction of perfuming each individual stroll beside them. A curved row of Provence lavender edging a a lot-used route in my backyard presents that delight in my garden.

Following 7 days. I’ll be having time off from creating columns for up coming 7 days. Today’s Garden Events address the 7 days of my absence.

Backyard Situations

VHS meeting. The Victoria Horticultural Society will satisfy on Tuesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Garth Homer Centre, 813 Darwin Ave. Paul Spriggs will talk about crevice gardening. Proprietor of Spriggs Back garden Landscaping, Paul is past president of the Vancouver Island Rock and Alpine Back garden Modern society and author of the newly published The Crevice Garden: How to Make the Great Household for Plants from Rocky Destinations. Masks are needed in the Garth Homer Centre. Non-member drop-in charge $5. vichortsociety.org.

Gordon Head assembly. The Gordon Head Garden Club will fulfill on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Gordon Head Garden Bowling Club building, 4105 Lambrick Way. Pamela Spalding will speak about Ethnobotany, the Landscaper Backyard garden, and Indigenous Landscapes on Southern Vancouver Island. Guests are welcome. A parlour show will be component of the evening’s program.

Qualicum meeting. The Qualicum Seaside Backyard garden Club will meet on Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the QB Civic Centre, 747 Jones St. The evening’s topic, “Creative Winter Jobs from your Back garden,” will feature club users sharing ideas for gift-making initiatives.

Nanaimo conference. The Nanaimo Horticultural Culture will fulfill on Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in Initially Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 595 Townsite Rd. in Nanaimo. A staff members member from the Wildwood Ecoforest will discuss about that distinctive forest in the Yellow Level spot.