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In the southbound lane of the long, high metal and asphalt bridge over the Piscataqua River that divides New Hampshire from Maine, a grate covers a storm-water drain. Out of that drain, a lone sunflower plant has grown. Today it is in full blossom, facing its bloom toward the sun.

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Two-Headed Mammoth Sunflower

I had hoped that if I planted seeds from last year’s mammoth sunflowers a little early, I just might manage to harvest some seeds by now. But nature works at its own pace, not to meet my deadlines. This evening I see a mammoth sunflower bloom getting ready to burst open:

Alas, by this […]

Sunflowers: Scalp High by the Fourth of July?

Last year, I planted mammoth sunflower seeds out of a packet in late April. By the end of July, big, tall, heads head appeared in my backyard. Most of them were donated to the birds, who gladly accepted the gift, but I did saw off two heads and let them dry in the basement over […]