|The pale one that won my heart|
All my sunflowers are rooting for the fire station flower. From a wildflower seed mix last year, a very pale sunflower showed up in my garden. I saved one small head of seeds and started them in an indoor tray in the spring. They had all the luxuries of the wealthy--food, housing, water and protective attention.
|First bloom--with a little green tongue|
Not all the plants have bloomed true to the pale yellow of that first plant. They are not slender, short and delicate structures either. Something about having the initial strong, healthy start has allowed them to bloom, robust and tall.
|A week later--full, stick-out-your-tongue attitude|
They'd like to send their vigor and cheer to that lone flower in the East, growing in the crack of the concrete in front of the fire station door. Just stick out your tongue at the odds and glow your heart out, little sunflower!