We're thrilled to announce the
2 winners from our Sunflower Growing Contest!
Tallest Plant: Josh from Grand Blanc won the
"tallest plant" category for nurturing his plant all spring and summer to grow
12' 5" tall. This was Josh's first sunflower contest, and he grew a giant! Josh
was so worried that his little plants would be eaten as they started to pop through the
ground, his father Brian installed rabbit fencing above and below the ground so the
critters couldn't get to them. Brian said, "the fencing helped support the plants as
they grew," and that "Josh watered his plants faithfully and checked on them
every day, and exclaimed at how fast they were growing."
Brian said that he and Josh saw neighbors drive by slowly, smile and gawk
in amazement at the size of their plants. They had to plant the sunflowers in their front
yard because Josh noticed the directions called for the seeds to be planted in full
sun. I could tell that Brian enjoyed the activity as much as Josh did, and said
they would definitely participate again next year.
Largest Sunflower-flower head: Congratulations to Susan
P. of Holly for winning our sunflower contest with the largest diameter sunflower. With
petals included Susan's sunflower was 18 inches in diameter! Susan brought her
gigantic sunflower to the store Saturday with her daughter Emily. After Susan and Emily
wrestled the plant out of their car, we measured it for overall length and flower head
diameter. Susan said, "I am so amazed at the size of the plants. I didn't plant the
seeds until June 10!"