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  • This flower was ten feet tall and was in full blossom for about one week in the Summer of 2012. My boyfriend Tim gave me the seedling, and I planted it near the garlic at Montague Farm in honor of my Daddy, who died in the spring.

    Many years ago when I was twelve or so, I planted a sunflower seed in a little pot, and my Dad and I watched it grow indoors under a sun lamp. I had never before seen one grow and was amazed seeing a green beak emerging from the seed. It grew a lot everyday and then flopped over and in another day died. I guess they need the outdoors to make the stem strong.

    I love sunflowers, how huge and cheery they are, so make-believe in their size. For years I would plant them in my front yards - they never grew. I didn't know much about good soil back then. When I moved to the country and learned about good soil and gardening, then I had a deer problem. They would eat the seedlings. I thought, "Sunflowers will grow when I have found home."

    Then, a few summers ago, my friend Tracey asked me and her other friends to grow sunflowers for her wedding later that summer. I planted her packet of seeds at Montague Farm and that summer for the first time my sunflowers grew - I had found home.

    Last summer I planted this sole seedling from Tim in the same garden patch. I didn't get to the farm for weeks and then when I thought to check in, wow, there it was. That's my Daddy!
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