Friday, May 26, 2017

Flowers by Color - YELLOW

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Flowers by Color - YELLOW

This is my second installment of a new post series featuring flowers by color.  For the next few months I will pick a different color and share my favorite flowers of that color (these lists are NOT a complete list of all flowers of that color, simply just my favorites).  This week is YELLOW flower week.

Certain featured flowers have links to previous posts on this blog - please feel free to click on these links to view the entire posts (they will be how-to-grow or maintenance posts).

Firstly, you will need to know the difference between annual, perennial & biennial:

Annual Plant - completes its lifecycle in one season/year.  By "lifecycle" I mean from germination to seed formation.  Here are some examples of annual plants:  green beans, petunia, sage, sunflower, morning glory and so much more.

Perennial Plant - lives for more than 2 years but produces seed in one season without dying afterward.  Some examples of perennials: most fruit trees like apple, vegetables like asparagus or leeks, day lilies, peonies and so much more.

Biennial Plant - 2 years to complete its lifecycle.  Examples are: parsley, caraway, foxglove, parsnips and so much more.

This is a perennial flower that blooms very early in Springtime.
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This is perennial shrub/bush that is very easy to grow.  I would recommend trimming when it gets larger otherwise it will become out of control.  This blooms even earlier in the Spring than tulips.
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I did a series on this blog five years ago called "Frank's Flowers" - Frank is my dad and he is a master at growing roses.
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This is an annual flower.  Zinnias are susceptible to powdery mildew but otherwise a joy to grow.
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Before I reveal my favorite yellow flower - I wanted to share this fantastic website with you:
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Specifically, checkout this article that has many creative and wonderful edging ideas for your flower garden
(please click on the title below):
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SUNFLOWERS - 7 Different Yellow Varieties

Vincent's Choice
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This sunflower variety was named after my favorite Impressionist artist: Vincent VanGogh.

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
Tiny "Giant Sungold"
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The original name of this sunflower made be chuckle "Giant Sungold" since the flowers were quite miniature in sunflower terms.  I renamed this variety "Tiny Giant Sungold".

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
Giant Gray Stripe
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I could never understand why this was called "Gray Stripe" since there isn't a bit of gray in this flower.  Then a friend of mine answered my confusion when she said: "that's because of the gray stripe on the seed" - hahahaha - that makes sense.
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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
Starburst Blaze
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This unique sunflower was a mixture of 3 distinct colored sunflowers including this light lemon yellow color.  (You will just have to click on the link above to view the other two colors).

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This variety was the star of my garden in 2012.  It truly is a mammoth beauty.

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I was not the only one that enjoyed this sunflower variety - insects also enjoyed every inch.  They devoured these flowers.  If you try to grow organically (like I do) then I suggest growing a different sunflower variety.
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Monet's Palette Mixture
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I think there must have been a mistake with this sunflower seed packet because I only had 2 colors: yellow and a dark red (almost brown).  If you know anything about the artwork of Monet then you know that these two colors certainly do NOT define his mastery.

photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower


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We learned how essential oils are extracted from flowers/leaves/roots.
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  1. I love sunflowers! I have a gardening question about pumpkins that I planted around last week or more. I planted them about 5 inches or 3 apart, is that bad? Should I replant them in a bigger space?

    1. Thank you for stopping by! In regards to your pumpkin question - did you plant seeds or are they established plants? For seeds: Plant about 3 seeds in a "hill" (or mound) of dirt - 1 inch deep. Each "mound" should be about 4 feet apart. If your are planting established plants from a greenhouse then plant them 4 feet apart - they will spread like crazy (so much fun to watch throughout the season!). I hope that helps

  2. This is a really neat post idea. I also didn't realize foxglove was a biennial. It's so beautiful and I've been meaning to plant some for years!

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