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I love September not just because of the cooler weather but because of the beautiful deep colors that this season brings. Sunflowers are part of that fall color splendor! Please enjoy my 5 favorite sunflower varieties (all sunflowers were grown in my garden & all pictures were taken by me: Angie Ouellette-Tower)
Black Velvet Queen
Whoever named this sunflower is exactly right - the petals absolutely resemble black velvet. Although, I think my favorite part of this sunflower variety is the inner "sunset circle" (as I like to call it). When I think of the traditional sunflower varieties I think of the morning but the "Black Velvet Queen" gives me a dusk feeling - almost as if I'm watching a stunning sunset.
Giant Gray Stripe
For the longest time I couldn’t figure out why this sunflower variety was called “Gray Stripe” – Then a blogging friend of mine answered the question I had about the name of this sunflower - it is called "Gray Stripe" because there is a gray stripe on the seed!!!
This beautiful sunflower is very cherry colored. This variety also has that inner glow - it almost looks as if a night light has been plugged into the wall.
These sunflowers were originally called "Jolly Joker" but I changed the name to "VanGogh". This variety reminds me of the sunflowers that Van Gogh painted: "Still Life Vase With Sunflowers" .
Leaves are not the only deep orange-brown colors of the autumn splendor. This variety of sunflower kicks off the beauty of the fall season. What I really adore about this sunflower type are the petals - the back of each petal is either yellow or a lighter orange, which is a wonderful contrast to the dark burnt orange of the petal's front side.
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