So, this is what 15,000 sunflower seeds look like…

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Taiyo Sunflower grows up to 6′ high

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Teddy Bear Sunflower grows up to 24″ high

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Lemon Queen Sunflower grows up to 10′ high

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.

Sunflowers Soon!

 

 

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