Mexican sunflower! Isn't it beautiful? At a festival at the Monastery a couple of years ago, a local nursery owner was selling flowers and plants. AS USUAL, I didn't have any money but that does not stop me looking! She had a bowl on her display table that said, "FREE SEEDS". I didn't want to take any, after all I felt those should be for those who had bought something from her but sweet lady that she was (and is, I am sure!) I walked away with the seeds! The nursery is Pixie's Gardens in Conyers, Ga. but since my computer is slow today, I am unable to link to it!
I planted my seeds in May into a small container and it grew very well. Richard transplanted them into another pot and they grew more. He transplanted them into ANOTHER pot and they grew even taller! (I was thinking I would hear, "Fee Fi Fo Fum" any minute!) AND when the plant bloomed, it was a fairly small bud for such a huge plant! HOWEVER, the deep orange of this flower is really pretty and the butterflies love it! Interesting thing, the orange part is really the bracts, much like the red on a poinsettia...the flowers, just like the poinsettia, are the middle yellow part. Can you see in the photo below where the orange has fallen away and you are left with the flowers? Those will be become the seeds for future plants!
Now, here's the thing...I was amazed to see the Mexican sunflower while we were in England! Yes, it is was in a beautiful garden area at Lewes Castle. Kay, I am sure you are thinking, you visited a castle and didn't tell us? I know! I still have so much to tell you!
There! See the Mexican sunflower above? That is at Lewes Castle!
Thanks everyone for all your comments on my last post for our dear friend, Henry! I appreciate you all! You would not believe how busy I have been lately, but it means that I have not had much time on the computer!
Today is November 11th and it is Veteran's Day...I am remembering Louis Zamperini, W. S. Connor and Col. Ben Purcell today and all other veterans. Much respect and honor to them all.