I grew lots of sunflowers this summer. Mammoth ones and small ones. I grew them because they’re such happy flowers. I don’t think anyone could not smile when seeing a sunflower. But I also grew them to use in my fall decorating (and for seeds for the birds and little critters).
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Last year I went to a farmer’s market where someone had shellacked the heads to sell for indoor decoration. I didn’t shellac mine since I want to use the seeds later for the birds (no one likes sunflower seeds here so we don’t grow to eat them – but you could).
I just love the mix of sunflower heads with some hydrangeas from my garden. Homegrown decorations!
The farmer’s market also sold mini pumpkins and decorative gourds for decoration. Also shellacked – I guess the shellacking helps preserve them. This was one of two that I grew this year. It was not a good year for my pumpkins. Last year I grew a lot of mini ones which I find easier to grow in my Georgia climate than the big ones.
The two-tier wire basket is from Goodwill – $5.95. It looks brand new! I’ve gotten a couple of really nice things at Goodwill lately. Mostly I try to stay out of there because there’s always something I could bring home:)
A package or two of sunflower seeds costs under a $1.00 (I got mine at Dollar General and I think they were 10 cents each). That’s a lot of bang for a few cents.
In a few weeks I’ll take the seeds out or maybe I’ll just lay the heads outside for the birds.
I just think the heads are so gorgeous!