Wall of Sunflowers

We’re on our way to having a wall of sunflowers on the west façade of the house.

At the end of April the sunflowers had sprouted and the whole area had been weeded.

When they first started to come up I was excited because last year out of 100 seeds I got 6 wimpy plants.

In less than a month the sunflowers have made a lot of progress.

This year however Charlie did the planting: Sunflower Lemon Queen and Sunflower Italian White.

The rows are 3 deep in 2 different varieties.

He turned over the soil and enriched it with compost.

Each plant has its own personality: short, tall, spindly, healthy.

I can’t wait until they start to bloom which I believe might be the middle of June.

How’s your green thumb?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Wall of Sunflowers”

  1. My green thumb is doing very well. I’m glad to see Charlie’s is in good working order. Can’t wait to see your wall when it’s tall and blooming.

  2. You may enjoy participating in the Great Sunflower Project! Since you planted the Lemon Queen variety, you’ll be able to help scientists collect data about native bees in your own back yard! I’ve done this activity with elementary school students, and college students. I could imagine Charlie, you and your friends may be interested in this, based on your interest in gardening, and throwing volunteer based parties (like the shoe gathering). Save the bees!!
    Follow this link to learn more-

    1. Thanks for this information. A local honey maker keeps some of his hives at our neighbor’s house just across the street. We were surprised when we found that out. Jo

  3. Hooray! It looks like you’re going to have a beautiful wall of sunflowers. Compost for the win! I really must try harder to grow some sunflowers myself next season.

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