A Pandemic Sunflower

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565
I have sometimes shared the story of my pandemic garden this season. I planted 6 tomato plants which have become a high producing hedge. And, there are the squash plants doing what squash plants do, as if they were on steroids!

However, it is the tale of a crazy Sunflower which has blown my socks off! I planted a half dozen Sunflower seeds, but only one sprouted. It grew and grew, and for the longest time gave no sign of providing a blossom. I was amazed when it hit six feet, and then nine, without any bloom. Finally, when it reached eleven feet, it began to form a bud. But, that thing had the audacity after all my watering and care, to turn it's beautiful head toward my neighbor's house, instead of mine!

I want to thank Jack, my nextdoor neighbor for providing me access to his side yard to use a ladder, so my camera could capture this closeup.

The second photo provides a view of the Sunflower from my yard, with tomato hedge on the left, and squash beneath. And, the third picture was taken on Jack's side of the fence (with Jack) to provide a little scale to how outrageously huge that thing is!




Comments (28)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This sunflower is amazing, I have yet to see one this tall.  We are very happy that  Jack was kind enough to let you take a picture. A

Aug 19, 2020 07:44 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow!   that's some sunflower!  Amazing that it grew so tall before blooming.  Sunflowers are the state flower of my home state, Kansas.  We have fields of them, but I doubt they are that tall! 

Aug 19, 2020 03:18 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Sunflowers, for some odd reason, bring me joy...

I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday, Myrl....

Aug 19, 2020 05:57 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for telling us about your home garden.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 20, 2020 05:33 AM
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hey Green Thumb Myrl Jeffcoat that a great sun flower. Love your photo

Aug 20, 2020 08:49 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Myrl, your sunflower reminds me of kids sometimes and how they can be so unappreciative :)

Aug 20, 2020 01:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl loved the post and loved the photos, now hopefully you did not use those Chinese seeds that people were getting unsolicited:)Endre

Aug 20, 2020 09:01 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat,

As others have said...WOW!  I am blown away by the size of that sunflower.  I appreciate you sharing this with us.  It reminds me of the childhood story of "Jack and the Beanstalk".  

Aug 21, 2020 05:18 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Loved seeing this the other day on Facebook. As I said, it reminds me of an enchanting fairy tale. Still does...

Aug 22, 2020 06:32 AM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

Wow, looks like you fed it steroids! You're  not the first person I have heard that only got small percentage of growth from sunflower seeds this year. 

Aug 22, 2020 03:52 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


It is just showing you to be the goddess you are and shining light on those in need. I know your neighbor is probably a great guy but we all need a little lightness where I am at these days. LOL Thanks for your kind words about staying safe, cheers cvc

Aug 23, 2020 12:24 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Myrl.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Aug 24, 2020 07:33 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - OMG I can't berlieve the size of that.  You must have great soil!

Aug 25, 2020 05:44 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH my gosh, MRYL! You do have a green thumb! Looks like all 6 seeds blended to create one masterpiece...and I mean masterpiece!! That thing is enormous! 

Aug 25, 2020 11:09 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Myrl, that's one happy giant sunflower! I am sure both you and Jack enjoy its smiles. I am sure it turns your way - doesn't move with the sun? I am so glad to see your garden is doing well! 

Aug 30, 2020 07:51 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Like the others, I have never seen anything like this one before. But, it is an eye-catcher for sure!

Aug 31, 2020 09:02 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - with the help of your green thumb, the giant Sunflower sends the world a message. All it takes is one to make a difference.

You certainly make a difference here on ActiveRain too!

Sep 02, 2020 02:31 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl:

That's a great story, although  bit ironic, and a beautiful plant. Shame on that plant after all the care you gave it! Hope the neighbors are enjoying it!


Sep 06, 2020 04:12 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Wow Myrl, I've never seen one that tall!  And amazing that it does not follow the sun.  I've noticed smaller sunflower plants in fields, once the flowers are formed follow the direction of the sun.  Well your neighbor Jack must have a very sunny disposition, not to say you do not!  LOL! 

Sep 09, 2020 10:47 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Loved your happy, sunshiny post and couldn't help laughing and laughing.  Great story and excellent photography, Myrl.  Beautiful Sunflower!!!!!!!  You really have a magical green thumb, Myrl.  Your gardens are always so alive and fruitful.

Apr 11, 2021 08:38 PM