To me, summer isn't summer without sunflowers in the patch and in large vases spread thru the house.
I put in three different types - Solar Flash - a sunflower that's bronze in the centre with a yellow outer ring, Royal Velvet - its dark, very dark and Dwarf Sensation - a classic yellow sunflower in dwarf form.
I have grown Solar Flash and Royal Velvet before and loved them - I prefer the bronzey shades. I bought the Dwarf Sensation a long time ago now and never planted them - very dumb of me - consequently they 'expired' back in August, I wonder if any will come up? The Royal Velvet were also out of date. Some years I didn't sow the seeds at all - they self seed really well and pop up in all sorts of interesting places - but now that I have moved to a new patch, planting seeds was necessary.
I like to try to partly shade my veggies with sunflowers - particularly those that can do with a little protection - like cucumber, lettuce and rocket. I also love how they draw bees to the patch, they also attract cockatoos and parrots. This all sounds good right? Well this kind of works in suburban Sydney, but is this sensible for the bush?
Our new place has lots of sulphur created cockatoos, galahs and various parrots - Eastern Rosellas, Crimson Rosellas, Red rump parrots and many more. The sunflowers will attract these birds to the patch and I suspect that might be a problem here. There are so many of these beautiful birds, perhaps attracting them is not a good idea? Better put bird nets on my fruit trees.