My friend and I brought back some sunflower seeds from our holiday in Fraser's Hill in July, 2016. I germinated some seeds but the few seedlings were so thin and fragile. They kept growing in height but the stem remain thin.
I transferred the seedlings into this big pot
Only this seedling survived. It looked so weak, I planted it in a pot and placed it near the shade of the bougainvillea plant.
I didn't give up on this plant and continue to fertilizer and water it.
Slowly the plant began to grow stronger and taller. It reminds me of the giant bean stalk in the children's story book. I had to support it with 2 long iron rods.
It grew to almost 8 feet tall before it bloomed for the first time! To snap the above photo of the flower, I had to stand on a wooden stool.
And to get a closer picture, I had to stand on my toes and with the camera held high above my head!
Here is my first sunflower bloom. It is standing tall, competing with the bougainvillea plant.
It measured about 7 to 8 inches diameter from tip to tip of the yellow petals.
This bright and striking sunflower standing tall at the end of my garden can be seen clearly from the front gate.
I am glad I didn't underestimate or give up on a weakling.
With love, care and patience, my sunflower grew into a tall & fruitful plant!
May Your New Year Be Bright & Fruitful!
Linking to Floral Passions.
For our people must learn to help all who need their assistance,
that their lives will be fruitful.
(Titus 3:14, The Living Bible-TLB)