This post by Jennifer Flaten
The year we moved here, in the spring my daughter started a few sunflower seeds in a pot. I wasn’t sure how well they would do a) under the care of a capricious kid and b) in a pot.
To my surprise, they grew and grew and grew. Before we knew it we had a 4’ sunflower plant that my daughter was adamant had to make the move with us.
On moving day, our car was stuffed with kids, pets and assorted stuff, so wedged the plant in the remaining space in the truck and drove an hour to our new house.
We unpacked the sunflower first, he was a little droopy from the heat of the truck, but overall made the trip with no problems. We found the perfect spot on the deck for her plant and every day I made sure to give it a good long drink of water.
I wanted a few annuals to brighten up the front of our house, but that summer was the worst drought on record, the garden centers had no stock. The only flower we had was our little sunflower, which continued to flourish.
In late summer, the sunflower finally bloomed. My daughter was overjoyed. I think she took about 100 pictures of her sunflower. We enjoyed it until it lost all its petals and before we put it out for the birds to snack on we saved a few seeds to sow next spring.
The next spring we pulled out our saved seeds and planted a little plot of sunflowers by the birdfeeders.
Just like the original sunflower, these grew despite a bit of benign neglect on our part. Again, that fall we saved a few seeds at the end of the season before leaving the heads to the birds.
This year we planted our saved seeds in our newly built raised bed. Sadly, a critter dug up all the seeds and left us with no sunflowers. So, next year we will have to buy some new seeds from the store because nothing is going to stop us from having sunflowers.