Clinging on to Summer!

'Russian Giant'
‘Russian Giant’ from Chiltern Seeds

The past week has given us glorious sunshine and brings memories back of spring and early summer. It’s nice to finally see the sun especially as we have had a bit of a wash out since mid July.

I sowed Sunflower ‘Russian Giant’ seeds in June (a little late in the year) but in the past two weeks have had an abundance of happy yellow faces beaming at me. Coupled with this weather it is easy to forget we are actually in October, until of course you walk the dog at the crack of dawn and feel that crisp autumn chill.

As the evenings are drawing in I am starting to think and plan about what to sow next year. Sunflower wise I am going to opt for a couple of shorter and more unusual varieties including ‘Sonja’, ‘Velvet Queen’ and ‘Chocolat’. These will be slightly easier to place in the borders and to use as cut flowers.

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