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The Sunflower

The Sunflower

Gardeners often made the mistake of planting sunflowers in groups, but Hibberd argued strongly that the Victorian garden should have them only as individual specimens, and liberally cultivated so that it obtained a huge size.

In America they were cultivated largely for their oil, and Hibberd remarks that the housewife could do well to cultivate some for her poultry. For the cottage gardener, the best way to grow them was to sow the seed in April in open ground. Any light, rich soil would do for the purpose. Hibberd then advised to prick the tiny seedlings out into pots for planting back into the garden again in mid-May when they were to be protected from frosts and snails and keen winds.

Information and image taken from F. Edward Hulme and Shirley Hibberd, Familiar Garden Flowers (Cassell, Peter, Galpin and Co.: London: c. 1890), 5 vols.

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