Gardening for You: Self-harvesting sunflower seeds

Harvesting your own sunflower seeds is a rewarding end-of-summer activity. Sunflowers are annuals, completing their life cycle in one season. Annuals have four main developmental phases from seed to seed: vegetative, reproductive, ripening, and senescence. A large, fully expanded sunflower head with showy, bright-yellow, ray petals is in the full reproductive stage. Seed will be…

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Celosia for flaming-hot fall color

Even though August temperatures are still well into the 100s, we have the promise of autumn just around the corner. And with autumn days is a much-anticipated relief from summer heat with refreshing, cooler days. Gardeners can once again plan for color in the ornamental garden. Feathery plumes of ‘Flamma Orange’ Celosia make it a…

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