The first spring and summer in our new house was dawning on us. My friend had been showing me pictures of her amazing zinnia garden. It was the first time I learned the difference between "annual" and "perennial."
Annual- An annual plant is a plant that completes its life cycle, from germination to the production of seeds, within one year, and then dies.
Perennial- A perennial plant or simply perennial is a plant that lives more than two years. The term is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter-lived annuals and biennials.
Annual- if you mess up its OKAY because they wont come back this year
Perennial- plant more seeds like this because its less you have to do next year
I remember thinking at work wow....how AWESOME would it be to grow giant, mammoth sunflowers? And then I started thinking about areas around our house. Our soil is very acidic because of all the pine trees. And from seed?
Its probably too hard I thought.
And then I just said why not?!
Sometimes you just gotta take a risk.
I have learned with gardening that you will invest a lot of sweat and time and have some misfortunes....and also rewards.
At the end of the summer, my tallest mammoth sunflower stretched over our house!!
What I learned for next year:
-Start the sunflowers sooner,
- More 7 dust pesticide earlier
-Start sunflower seeds directly in ground instead of pea pods
-Create better supports for them
I told my husband when I retire I am going to make the ENTIRE section of land beside our house a sunflower field because, "why not?" ..i will let you know how that goes when I'm retired :-p
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