The tall sunflower.


Summer may be winding down but my plants are not. 

Oh, sure some have gone by the wayside that are not great in this heat we are having. The tomatoes are coming in fast and furious from our garden.  But just look at my sunflowers. 

The tallest looks to be eleven or twelve feet tall. In another day or two it will reach the window on the second floor of our house. The smaller ones may only be eight or nine feet tall but they have been great for attracting gold finches. The birds hang upside-down to feed on some of the seeds of the sunflower. 

Full view of the plant


Plus there have been butterflies galore and hummingbirds taking a rest on the stems. That little spot of red you see just under the porch ceiling on the left is the hummingbird feeder my husband has placed to encourage the hummers to come around. 

I have had sunflowers in this patch before but never like this. I have never had the response like this to them before. 

I am beginning to think that I had better remember to grab some seeds from these plants so I can have great sunflowers next year. 

See the dark pink buds at the top?But this is not the only tall plant I have that was unexpected. I have one hollyhock plant that seems determined to make it to eight or nine feet tall. 

Most years this plant gets up to seven feet at the most. But I think the hot weather has encouraged a tremendous growth spurt. 

I assume that the shape and color of the flower would be enticing to hummingbirds as well but I have not seen them around that plant. 

Now if you look carefully, you will see a row of tomatoes on the porch rail. I think that was today’s pick alone. 

There is the tall Hollyhock, by the porch support column.


Here is what I know. By the time the husband gets to bed tonight a number of tomatoes will have been turned into pasta sauce starter which is so nice in the winter when fresh tomatoes are no-where to be found. Sure, they come in from another part of the world but who know where or how long those tomatoes have had to travel. Enough of the “Eat Local” lecture.

How about your garden? Do you have a plant growing way beyond expectation?