But my idea of growing awesome sunflowers and what I actually grew were two separate experiences.
My vision looked like this:
What I grew:
Some of my sunflowers were planted outside of the fence, hence easy targets for deer. In this location they didn’t get much attention or water.
My “Elf” sunflowers were planted in the raised beds around the house. But they were growing BIG and crowding out vegetables we could eat. I transplanted them into pots. The Elves did not seem to like this, angrily (I think) turning leaves brown.
I also had to rely on the Hubs to water a non-eating plant (he only likes plants he can eat). I think the Elves struggled a bit.
I never got to the point where I could harvest a nice bouquet of sunflowers. The birds were already (yay to them!) eating the sunflower seeds.
I cheated a bit. I added some black eyed susan flowers (which grow everywhere!) to my vase.
Grow any new flowers this year? How did your flowers do this summer?