Sometime in late summer (we can't remember exactly when, but it was definitely before Kate was born), Garry and the boys planted sunflower seeds in the backyard flower bed. It had been on our summer bucket list, but somehow the simple activity never materialized. Garry just decided one day that we'd see how they grew during what remained of the warm weather. We were all pleasantly surprised!
Zach was the most excited about this project, and he took responsibility for watering them nearly every day. The sunflowers grew really fast! This is a photo from September 4.
The next day, this happened:
SNOW! What a bummer! We were so sad for our pretty flowers! The snow came two days before Kate's blessing. While our family was here, we watched as the snow melted and wondered how the flowers would fare. By Monday the weather was warming up nicely, so my mom and brother and I organized a rescue mission. We used some string to help the flowers stand up again, hoping that the extra support would help the battered plants regain their strength.
The sunflowers definitely rebounded, but they were never quite the same. Over the last few weeks we have had several overnight temperatures at or below freezing, and the poor plants have suffered. Even though it was about 75 degrees today, we are expecting more snow on Wednesday. This afternoon I took pictures of the happy blooms, since this is probably the height of their glory.
Overall, growing sunflowers was lots of fun! We all enjoying seeing their rapid growth and transformation during the last couple of months. Next summer we'll have to plant them earlier so we can enjoy them even longer!
*Finally meeting with an attorney to set up a will and trust (a task that has been nagging
me for years)
*Remembering with fondness my college roommate, Jennifer Jayne, who died 11 years
*Coaxing smiles and belly laughs from my darling baby
*Enjoying an unexpected phone call from a dear friend
*Taking a nap