Bigger than a Dinner Plate

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

To say I've had fun in my garden during this pandemic would be an understatement.  Several days ago, I wrote a post titled, "A Pandemic Sunflower," about my first experience growing one of those joyful looking blossoms.  While only one seed planted, sprouted and prospered, it did indeed thrive to a height of eleven feet.

Since writing the last post, the stalk had began to bow and bend under weight of the enormous bloom.  Bugs and birds had decimated the leaves, and they were no longer pleasant to look at.

This evening, I decided to go ahead and snip the flower off.  I have placed it next to one of my dinner plates so you can see comparison in size.  It weighed in at 4.8 pounds!

I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times.  I do not impose copyright restrictions on this photo, so you may feel free to use, or distribute as you wish.  However, should you need a Real Estate Professional in the Greater Sacramento area, I hope you will contact me by email or by visiting my website - Thank You!


Comments (23)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

An amazing green thumb I'd say. 

Sep 03, 2020 08:58 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl you are having too much fun, even dark thumb Diane has done some magic in our back yard too:))Endre

Sep 03, 2020 09:43 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Myrl, amazing sunflower.  A stunning work of Nature, great detail revealed in the size.

Sep 04, 2020 12:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your photograph.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Sep 04, 2020 04:57 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's a sunflower on steroids.... that's how I see it!!

Sep 04, 2020 05:03 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - with many gardening success stories, you are definitely not alone with pandemic planting prowess.  I like your side-by-side comparison to further illustrate your own special PPP.  

Sep 04, 2020 05:33 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I, too, grew a first-ever sunflower this year, with similar success. A fun novelty!

Sep 04, 2020 06:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a beauty, and I love that you compared it to a dinner plate.  In Napa, I left the sunflowers in the bed they were growing in, and the birds enjoyed the seeds as they dried.  It was an unattractive sight, but the birds loved it. A

Sep 04, 2020 07:16 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is huge!  You are doing big things in your garden!  I hope that you will have a fun day!

Sep 04, 2020 09:49 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Endre Barath, Jr. - I think plants have enjoyed the pandemic because more of us are around to breath on them more! 

Kris Collis, Associate Broker - I'm glad you like it! 

Roy Kelley - I hope you and Dolores enjoy the holiday weekend! 

Barbara Todaro - That's the way I see it too!

Sep 04, 2020 12:45 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Michael Jacobs - I think more folks have had more time to spend in their gardens during this pandemic.  And, the plants and flowers are thanking us for it!  

Lottie Kendall - Did you get your seed from Home Depot?  I didn't keep the package, but wish I had!  I want to plant the same kind next year!  

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I put the blossom out on my patio picnic table so the birds and squirrels could enjoy it!  A couple nights ago, I saw 3 raccoons in my backyard, but don't know if they like sunflower seeds or not!  

Brian England - I hope you enjoy the holiday weekend!

Sep 04, 2020 12:49 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl WOW it is almost twice the the size of the dinner plate.

Sep 04, 2020 03:32 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Regardless to say that is a keeper and you should be very proud of it...

I hope you enjoy your Labor Day weekend Myrl Jeffcoat 

Sep 04, 2020 03:46 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

George Souto - I measured it earlier this afternoon.  It is 16 inches across.  Each square on the table cloth is 1".

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - Ditto to you, Paul - I hope you enjoy the holiday weekend!

Sep 04, 2020 06:58 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Myrl -- no, my sunflower came from my community garden. A group start plants of various types in the greenhouse, then when ready for planting put them in the lath house where members can pick them up if interested. I've gotten various flowers, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, basil, etc. that way -- including the sunflower.

Next year I'd like to plant the type of sunflower I see with smaller blooms, but multiple ones on each stalk.



Sep 05, 2020 08:41 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - I really appreciate your sharing this with us. I have never seen a sunflower that huge.  I look forward to the drying out process.  Hopefully, you will be able to share that with us!

Sep 05, 2020 04:31 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

When I grew up in Topeka, Kansas, suflowers were everywherte - I mean, they call it the Sunflower State for a reason.  My parents paid my brother and I to pull them up in the back yard, where they grew like weeds.

Sep 05, 2020 06:09 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

Oh my, 4.8 lbs, that was gigantic! The comparison to the size of the dinner plate is amazing...

Sep 06, 2020 03:47 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Wow, Myrl, that is an amazing sunflower.

Our local bluejays would love that! Such a fascinating plant.


Sep 13, 2020 04:12 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Just as Jeff says above, WOW. The one question I have, were there sunflower seeds or did the birds get those as well? cheers cvc

Sep 17, 2020 08:06 AM