I am learning so many new things related about seeds and enjoy my time reading all the inspiring posts that have been linked during “Seed Week”. I hope other readers and visitors has benefit and enjoy this “Seed Week” as well. For the Northern Hemisphere this will be a chance to plan your spring planting and the opposite hemisphere will also have some ideas for winter planting or thinking about seed saving this year. Well for you lucky gardeners that can grow all year round in the tropics will also help introduce us new tips and warm-loving vegetables that other climates will like to try which is very popular nowadays due to globalisation. Thank you for joining in, sharing your thoughts and experiences for “Seed Week”.What is “Seed Week”?
Sharing our own experiences and gain knowledge about collecting, propagating, growing seeds, bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, or cuttings and can be about how to keep them in top shape. The wonderful thing about collecting seeds from plants that thrive in your place is that each year and the next year, the seeds will become more and more adapt to your garden environment. It will also save money, instead of buying the same seeds every year, you can try a new variety or trade seeds with other gardeners. Sharing is a wonderful thing. Please join us for this seed week. I will randomly choose 5 participants for home saved-seeds give-away. I like to share my home saved-seeds to you. There is a linky to link your post at the bottom of this post. It can be a new post or and old one, also not limited to one post only.
Here is a compilation of inspiring post link from around the world since my previous posting:HERB
- Chives & Salad Burnett ~ Subsistence Pattern
- Coriander/ Cilantro
- Dill~My Little Potted Garden
- Vietnamese Mint/Laksa Leaf
- Seed Inventory, Review & Offer ~ Nyack Backyard
- Bellis Perennis (English Daisy)
- Gloriosa Daisy on snow ~Master Propagator at Work
- Sunflower ~ Subsistence Pattern
Its the middle of the week, people are busy with office-work and housework try to juggle so many things. Sometime we need a break, so today I decided to post colourful pictures for you of my Evening Sun Sunflower photo collections. The seeds are colourful as well. I was exhausted last night because I stayed late in the laboratory after 10PM so I did not have the strength anymore to do some writing. I was more like a zombie staring at space cause my brain was still hyper functioning but the body can’t move. This morning I felt a bit energised after harvesting some vegetables. We can’t do much gardening in the morning these days as it gets warm to quick here. I have to wait for more cooler weather in the afternoon. Today, we in Australia is having a public holiday celebrating Australia Day. Here is a cheery sunflower to brighten up your day!
Evening sun sunflower can grow very tall sometime about 2 metre tall. It is easy to differentiate evening sun sunflower seedlings than other sunflower varieties if you are growing them in the same time. Evening sun sunflower at early seedling stages have red stalk.
Evening sun sunflower is hardy with the warm weather here and blooms longer than other variety.
The deep burgundy shade evening sun sunflower bloom is a bit rare. Because of this I wanted to catalogue which seeds will give which colour at first. However, it seems that even same colour bloom will have different colour seeds too. To make sense of this we will have to refer back to our biology classes about Mendelian inheritance or Mendel Law that were based on an experiment in hybridizing garden peas that were conduct by an Austrain monk named Gregor Mendel. So to understand this, I believe the deep burgundy shade bloom have a homozygous recessive allele.In heterozygous, the burgundy colour will not show up. As a geneticist myself, the chance of getting deep burgundy shade bloom will be less than 25%. Since there are other shades as well, it will be much much much lesser than that. Evening sun sunflower have so many blooms in one plant. If you are a beginner collecting evening sun sunflower don’t worry if you don’t do it correctly the first time, you still have the next chance. Apart from harvesting celery seeds this month, we are beginning to get busy harvesting evening sun sunflower seeds. The birds and mice have been at them. Fortunately, they are many for each one share.
Evening sun sunflower have different seeds colours. Our Evening sun sunflower home-saved seeds offspring from previous summer have travel as far as Malaysia now. I am happy that the seeds are growing in my blogger friend garden right now, in Kwee Peng ~Onenezz, Malar ~ My Little Garden and other friend as well. I wonder which country will our fresh home-saved seed will travel next? The winner of the home-saved seed give-away will received some of this seeds if he/she like to.
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