The first of my new sunflowers has finally started to bloom. Seeds were sown in January, and only the one plant was the result. Everyone, meet my Ballad sunflower plant!
This is a dwarf sunflower that grows to just over half a metre high. What attracted me to it is that it’s a multi-bloomer – remember how disappointed I was when my ordinary sunflowers took so long to mature, then bloomed only for a couple of days? After that experience, I wanted more flowers, and longer lasting plants, and this Ballad was a definite must-have for me.
We had a slight setback in February, when heavy rain pelted the young plant so hard that some leaves were stripped away. However, the plant recovered and has just begun to bloom. I wonder how long it will continue to do so?