sunflowers

5.20.12:  Hello!  I visited an ecstatic dance in Portland (from Bellingham, WA) in March and was blessed enough to be there when you were giving away sunflower seed packets.  I have been waiting patiently for the right time to plant them, and opened them this morning.  As my muddy fingers peeled the package open I was delighted to pull out not only the seeds but art as well!  It was such a neat surprise, and then to investigate where it came from, and how the quote was chosen to compliment the card.  How you put so much thought, intention and creativity in to it is so inspiring and refreshing.  Thank you for the gift, and your ripples.  It seriously added so much to my day, and I am so thankful.”
Keep shining
Jessica

January 6, 2012 – The sunflower seeds are packed and ready for distribution. If you’d like a pack, please send your email address or leave it here in the comments section.  Here are some nice sunflowers we saw in SoHo recently!

10/27/11 – seeds before packing with wine and Wileyware!  New photos in the slideshow below!

10/8/11 – Photos from the garden and the beginning of next year’s sunflower seed packets!  pre-orders welcome now!

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5/17/11: Am going a little lighter this year – created about 100 packets and have distributed them. Probably will do another batch and then call it over for 2011. Love that people report back and tell me they’re saving their seeds and passing them along! Thanks for the good news!

6/25/10: Well, this year’s crop is out there. Seeds have been mailed and handed out for a couple of months and now I hope to hear back from people as your sunflowers grow to maturity!  I hope you’ll send photos, and remember to save the heads of your flowers for planting next year!  Thanks for all who participate in this fun project!  Sunflowers a’hoy!

4/30/10: Thanks to my friend, Richard Ribar, and my friends Edie & Brian (farmers in Banks, OR), I have seeds to give out again this year, 2010.  If you’d like some, please get in touch!

For many years I have been planting sunflowers and saving the seeds, giving the seeds to my friends and then continuing to plant again the following year.  Over time this has led to many varieties being planted in many places from Seattle to Portland and beyond.  In the Spring of 2007 I took this project further by packaging the previous year’s seeds into 500 packets and giving them out to friends, neighbors and family and then hearing back about giant sunflowers growing all around.  This year, 2008, I have collected my seeds, and seeds from two local farms and will pack them into at least 1,000 packets and pass those out with an albertideation.com label in the Spring of 2009.  Today, on the eve of the election (November 3rd, 2008), I pulled seeds from some giant sunflower heads and the seeds are spread out and drying on my kitchen table.  They look like this.

Sunflower Seeds 2008

12 responses to “sunflowers

  1. Hello! Wild Sunflowers helped New Orleans rebuild after Hurricane Katrina! I am a musician, and I recorded a solo record, called “Sunflower City”, inspired by the wild sunflowers that grew in New Orleans’ devistated Lakeview neighborhood in the wake of Katrina. Their were many news stories that should still be accesible through Google. Anyway, it seems like a story you would like to hear. If you have trouble finding it, contact me and I’ll fill you in. Happy Hunting!- Matt Perrine

  2. I planted several packets of these Sunny flowers and enjoyed them this past summer…. mine ended up being of the smaller variety and they gave me their sweet yellow smiles throughout the later summer on my patio…..thanks Albert….. I think it’s a good idea to soak them over night first and plant them in a large enough container to handle a good root system….

  3. Please send a pack to Virginia!
    Deaton Eisenstein
    PObox 202
    Farmville Va 23901
    Let’s make your sunnies bi-coastal!

  4. First sunflowers of the new season sent your way, Deaton! Hi to you, Steve and the kids!

  5. ruth tomlinson

    would love to have some seeds–and
    i can distribute to Flemington, Penobscot, and l’ville. austin, too, maybe. all the T’s are farmers at heart.

    love, ruth

  6. Hi Albert – how would you like some of your sunflowers to grow in Colorado? I’d LOVE to start some CO sunflowers in your honor. xoxoxoxooxoxoxoxox from Denver

    Erin Conway
    3025 W. 36th Avenue
    Denver, CO 80211

  7. 324 Lincoln Ave
    Takoma Park, MD 20912-5704

    We love some!!!

  8. wow, I’d love to plant some of your sunflowers in my garden in Nova Scotia dude!

  9. Hello! Wild Sunflowers helped New Orleans rebuild after Hurricane Katrina! I am a musician, and I recorded a solo record, called “Sunflower City”, inspired by the wild sunflowers that grew in New Orleans’ devistated Lakeview neighborhood in the wake of Katrina. Their were many news stories that should still be accesible through Google. Anyway, it seems like a story you would like to hear. If you have trouble finding it, contact me and I’ll fill you in. Happy Hunting!- Matt Perrine
    +1

  10. Pingback: Sending Sunflower Seedy Goodness Out Into The Year | albertideation

  11. would love a pack. you can bring it on the 8th if that’s convenient.
    Lisa Shaver

  12. Pingback: Sunflowers in Virginia | Albertideation

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