Photo By: Strutt & Parker, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Photo By: Scott Amundson Photography; Troy Thies Photography
Simple Fireplace With Country Charm
Fresh cut sunflowers, wood paneling and a primitive dough bowl add country charm to this neutral sitting area. Upholstered ottomans with an hourglass shape offer stylish seating in front of a simple fireplace.
Sunflower 'Crimson Blaze' is a stunning variety of a long-time garden favorite. Its wine-red petals have yellow tips and dark center disks. This easy-to-grow sunflower draws bees, butterflies and birds, and makes a great addition to a cutting garden.
Sunflowers aren't just for summer. Bring a golden look to your fall table with freshly cut sunflowers. Group bunches together in bundles of three or four to bring fullness and texture to the centerpiece.
You may not think of a chipmunk as a pest, but when it starts digging under shrubs or patios, your view may change. Chipmunks actually cause the costliest damage to established landscapes, unseating retaining walls, destabilizing walkways and even killing mature roses or shrubs (by digging directly under the trunk). Once chipmunks dig tunnels, other critters arrive to set up housekeeping in those tunnels, including voles, shrews and snakes. Chipmunks visit gardens with bird feeders and other ready sources of food or water. An outdoor cat or dog can help keep these critters at bay, as can garlic oil pegs you toss into tunnels or various repellents you sprinkle onto flower beds or near tunnel openings.
How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds Dried Sunflower Head
Let the sunflower dry completely on the stalk before harvesting the seeds. The petals will naturally fall off.
How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds Back of Dried Sunflower
Sunflowers are ready to be harvested when its petals fall off and the head of the flower droops.
Sunflowers in Glass Jars
Fresh-cut sunflowers sit in these clear jars in a wood tray on a table, lending a French Country vibe to the room.
Sunflowers are a fun way to enhance a casual floral arrangement. For even more fun, invite a local floral designer to teach a workshop to your guests, and if you don’t have the budget for a florist, select an online video to watch with your friends.