Mini-Me Major and I had a plan this year - plan tons of sunflowers, so we did. Unfortunately, we mixed all the seed packets up so we had no idea what was coming. Turns out we planted some really unusual ones.
Like, black sunflowers, who knew there was black ones!
There were dwarf ones (at the front)
Giant ones (RHS are over 7ft tall)
We ended up with over 140 planted, which made for quite a dense wall
These bronze ones were nice and the flowers lasted a long time
A more orange version
I think these are called Teddybear ones
These were more traditional looking, front has yellow middle, back had the black center
These were like a traditional flower but in miniature
This was a really fun garden project with Mini-Me Major and made for a really pretty walk along the side of the garden all summer, as well as tons of cut flowers for the house
Busy summer, busy but a lot of fun. The Mrs OA and I took the Mini-Mes off to the linked villages of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in the Austrian Alps.
For a bit of this
And a bunch of this
It was an excellent trip, everyone really enjoyed themselves. We will be taking them back to the mountains sometime soon.
Then, I went off for work, to Athens
Where it was very hot and sunny (this is right at the entrance to the Parthenon)
I was there to attend this conference
This is an intense week of conference, it's usually in great locations, and it is chock full of really useful information.
A little later, I went off to the Catalonian Pyrenees to go ride my bike with these guys:
What an amazing place to ride. This was my first time riding in Spain, and WOW! The guides were superb and the trails were epic. To use bike jargon, there was much stoke going on. So here's a few pics of the place and me riding there...