The seeds arrived last week from http://www.seedsavers.org, all 15,000 of them in one small package! For this season’s Revolution we decided on a low tech blend of seeds, each variety chosen for a particular reason.
Taiyo is a Japanese heirloom, with 12″ heads and velvety brown centers. This variety was chosen to honor Masanobu Fukuoka, a farmer, philosopher and the re-inventor of seed bombing, an ancient practice of greening damaged landscapes.
Teddy Bear was chosen specifically for the residents at Episcopal Homes, our community collaborator for the http://irrigatearts.org grant. While meeting with the residents at the senior housing facility they requested a smaller variety of sunflower that could be planted in pots on their balconies. These yellow-orange 4-6″ blooms are great for cut flowers.
Lemon Queen is the flower of choice for bee trackers over at http://www.greatsunflower.org This group hosts a pollinator database, encouraging widespread participation in counting bee populations. This sunflower grows up to 10′ high with multiple lemon-yellow blooms and chocolatey centers.