Tithonia rotundiflora ‘Torch’ (Mexican sunflower) has been the stand-out annual in our garden this year. When I sowed the seeds back in April I had no idea what orangey gloriousness was in store for us. I planted out about 10
1ft-high plants in June and they took a while to get going but, once they settled down, they romped away – one of them by the back wall grew to over 7ft tall – and they have been flowering profusely since July. The flowers are a most intense satsuma-like orange and the bees and hover flies have absolutely loved them. I’ll definitely sow more next year.
This jugful is the last of the blooms – I cut down and pulled out the plants yesterday. The wind and rain this past week have taken their toll and it was time to say goodbye. I chopped them up and added them to the compost heap but saved these flowers to brighten up the kitchen table and so I could join in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. She has been producing lovely vases of flowers every Monday for two years and many bloggers from around the world have joined in. The links to many gorgeous displays are on her blog.