I haven’t blogged about the Sunflowers for a long time because I actually thought they were all going to die. We were down to three and I had given up bringing them in at night. I kept dropping them and Spike pulled one out by its roots so it became too much like hard work. They were a good 30cm and apparently at the right sort of size to survive outside. They defied all odds and kept growing nicely which pleased me greatly. Last week I moved the pots to the side of the house where the sun stayed for longer periods of time. In doing so I dropped one and soil spilled out everywhere. I rapidly tried to rescue the poor thing and shoved it all in the pot haphazardly expecting it to die. It was extremely windy for a few days but they all survived and I only had to adjust their stakes a few times. None of them had flowered but their stalks were getting nice and fat and I was very happy that they might possibly become actual sunflowers.
Then we went away. We were only away from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon but as I walked up the path I saw destruction. The two sunflowers that I hadn’t dropped had snapped in half. One had shrivelled to nothing and one was hanging looking very sorry for itself. I was distraught. I started ranting about sabotage and tried to think of who would hate me enough to kill my beloved sunflowers. I started blaming the neighbourhood cats because I don’t like cats so in my eyes they are all evil and they must have sensed the hatred and reaped revenge.
After a while I calmed down and decided that actually they probably died because of the weather. I think the string may have slid down in the wind and then the plant being top heavy had failed to hold it’s head up and snapped. I desposed of the dead and started caring properly for the one remaining sunflower.
Today I went out and re strung its stake with figure of 8 knots so that if the stem gets fatter there is some give and I filled up the soil a little bit to make the stake a little steadier. I gave it a good drink and wished it luck telling it that it is my last chance to prove my haters wrong.