Sunflowers Ahoy!

3 Aug

You might remember a few blogs ago when I was whining about the squirrel varmints eating my sunflowers. Well, they continue to eat what they can but after building Fort Knox (as Jerri put it) around more sunflowers and applying much TLC, the trials are turning to triumph.

You can see by this photo that they are growing tall and are beginning to blossom. These are supposed to be the type called “mammoth,” but the blossoms are not huge.

Happy flowers about 8' tall

Happy flowers!

Perhaps they are still growing, I don’t know. Jerri has some just like these and hers are about 10’ tall. However, hers were blown over in our “Storm of the Century” (according to the newspaper). They have since been staked and do seem to be surviving. Mine were younger and shorter and didn’t receive the battering that hers did.

The next obstacle will be when the sparrows and other birds discover these blossoms and begin to devour the seeds. The birds are all over Jerri’s plants. But right now, the bees and wasps are enjoying the blossoms. Don’t you think the blossoms look happy in the sunlight, looking up at the blue sky?





5 Responses to “Sunflowers Ahoy!”

  1. Connie Raub August 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    Yes, they DO look happy. I’m not even going to enquire about the squirrels! It looks like you have won the battle, if not the war. Looking forward to seeing you and your sunflowers soon! Love, ~Connie

  2. janishaag August 4, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    See? Younger and shorter is sometimes a good thing, even in sunflowers! They are quite gorgeous, even if they seem less mammoth than you might have hoped. Such cheerful, happy faces they have! Nice crop, Ms. Cora!

  3. Glenda Gregory August 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    Hooray! Your happy sunflowers are especially glorious for all the effort and perseverance you invested in their survival. Congratulations!

  4. Angelika Schildmeier August 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Sunflowers are made to look happy and to make people happy, but yours obviously are the happiest ever!
    In Sweden, (I think it was Sweden) they cut off sunflower blossoms at the end of summer. Then, in winter, they put them out into a bird’s feeding place. Just that the stupid birds don’t know a thing about saving and storing, so that the seeds probably hardly make it to September.
    Love, Angel

  5. Miss Mary August 5, 2014 at 2:03 am #

    I’m just beaming with joy that these sunflowers have grown so proudly and beautifully!!! Amazing job, Cora! Miss you!! 🙂

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