21 August 2010

sunflower!

after several years of fruitlessly planting the tiny seeds, finally i have a sunflower - and another one coming! i'm looking forward to finches feeding on the seed heads in a few weeks time. the little girl has measured the plant against her own height all summer long. she says it's called a sunflower because it's bigger than the sun!

9 comments:

Travel said...

I guess sun flower is one of the biggest and heaviest flowers.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I've never tried to grow them but just decided next year is the time. I think the grandkids will love them, if I succeed in getting a few to grow. Love the photo.

Lynn said...

Love sunflowers! We grew some a couple of years ago, but this year we didn't. The birds did, though, so we have sunflowers under the feeder now, and the finches found them! Beautiful, aren't they? you can't help smiling at sunflowers! And little one's comment was adorable.

Jill said...

I am so glad you said you had trouble growing them. Me too! I love them and have tried for years. This year I carelessly threw the seeds in a patch of dirt and ignored them. I had dozens where when I treated them with care I would get one or two! I had them 7ft tall and heads larger than my face!

chris said...

Jill: i'm glad you said you had trouble! like Lynn, i've had volunteer sunflowers come up under the bird feeders so i thought they must be pretty easy to grow. and they sure are not easy!! Blissed-Out Grandma: in the old days, i used to plant sunflower seeds with children in june, then ask them to come back to school in the fall with pictures and stories. those kids who were successful were always stunned at the size of their plants! so i think you're right that your grands would love them. i know the little girl is astounded by this one!

Jean said...

Too cute.

jgirl said...

i had one randomly sprout up in an odd place this summer...I enjoyed it and made sure to harvest the seeds in the hopes of perhaps getting another next year! ;0)

Nora said...

I´m determined to grow one next year too. My grandfather grew them and they got real tall. He grew them on the southern part of his house and were as tall as it was. I was in awe of them when I was a kid. I can imagine how the little girl must feel.

Luna said...

Oh I love Sunflowers! Congratulations on your first two :)