Take off any flower heads
produced in the first year.
Hamburg, a big bush with large flower heads
Picking the flower heads
now preserves their dark colour and ensures the flowers will stay attached to the stalk once dried.
For the flower head
, cut two 1-inch circles from thin cardboard.
Buy your roses when the flower head
is still tight so that you can enjoy the changing beauty of the rose as the petals open out to reveal its full glory.
You can tell that the seeds are ready for picking when most of the petals have dropped and the back of the flower head
The flowers can then be air-dried in small bunches of 3 or 4 flower heads
or a single large flower head
held with rubber bands.
Some varieties can grow nearly twelve feet tall, with a flower head
that measures one foot across
Wild carrot is easy to spot from the road because the white umbrella flower head
stands out among the other plants.
A solitary inflorescence, the flower head
, tops the stem.
To keep birds and squirrels from feeding on seeds, cover each flower head
with burlap, cheesecloth, or a paper bag as soon as the petals begin to fall.
Each flower head
is actually made up of nearly 2,000 little flowers to maximise the familiar seed production.
Sometimes all you need to do is shake the flower head
and the seed will scatter from the pod, collecting in the bottom of the bag.
They are green - I love green flowers - and there are several to each flower head
After flowering, I would simply remove the flower head
as you don't want the plant to put energy into producing seeds - just let the stalk die back which will feed the bulb.