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The Whitehurst Diaries: The Sunflower Experiment
The experiment is not a smashing success, but it has not been without its charms and benefits. Besides the beauty, it has provided new, interesting habitat for a not so wild creature, Willis, the man of letters
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By Sharon Whitehurst
Filling the old stone-sided raised bed with sunflowers seemed like a good idea back in early May.
The bed is too deep to weed without hoisting myself bodily into it - which could only be accomplished when the sunflowers were small seedlings.
Rain water [when such is available] doesn't reach the back of the strip due to the overhang of the garage roof.
A few sunflower stalks have crashed, their heavy heads vulnerable to wind.
Still - there is something rather gawdy and glorious about sunflowers! I cut a few of the smaller variety to display in a treasured McCoy vase, but most of them flaunt their brilliant shades of yellow-gold and orange far above my head.
Willis the Cat has found that the huge raspy leaves and thick stalks make a perfect jungle for an imaginative feline. -Sharon Whitehurst
This story was posted on 2011-08-11 01:20:06
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