If you read my previous two posts about Sunflowers, then you know I was leading up to this one to show off my tallest Sunflower ever. It is starting to be top heavy, so I decided to go ahead and photograph it before it might blow over.
Friday, July 17, 2009
It is 9 1/2 feet tall. Of course, with me photographing it from the bottom looking upwards, it appears to be taller than the house! If you read the previous post and clicked the link to the website of the world's record holder for the tallest Sunflower,
then you know my sunflower is not even half as tall as the world record! Can you image a Sunflower so tall?
And we didn't plant this Sunflower either. Here's how it came about. Ollie the Parrot is very picky about his mixed food and will not eat certain things in the mix. He will eat some of the sunflower seeds, but isn't crazy about them. If he had his way, he would just eat peanuts!
When Ollie is done picking through his food each day, it gets dumped near one of the bird feeders outside the next morning. Occasionally a seed, such as a sunflower seed will blow to another part of the yard and sprout and grow. That is how this Sunflower came to grow at the edge of the driveway, along the sidewalk in the back yard. It is growing on the edge of a patch of Hollyhocks, so it really stands out and towers above them.
We have a patch of a variety of Sunflowers planted in another part of the back yard, and have left space in between to plant more at different intervals. They will surely brighten the back yard up and be a pretty sight from the highway. I will take a picture of them once they are in bloom.
And here's a photo of Ollie the Amazon Parrot that I mentioned. Thanks to Ollie's picky eating habits, we have the "Towering Sunflower!"
By the way, Ollie is at least thirty years old!