Who knew sunflowers were so hard to grow? Tragedy strikes.

I’m mad.

I try to stay upbeat. Shield you my valued readers from mayhem that breaks into my carefully constructed eggshell bubble.

But so you don’t think that it’s all whistling Zippity Doo Dah around here, I’m  sharing an underbelly moment in my 2014 summer garden journey.


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Last week, I wrote a post extolling how wonderful sunflowers are to grow.

How easy.

How they shoot up three inches overnight.

Well. This happened in less than a 24 hour period.

I was so excited to see their heads peeking through the dirt and then . . .




These aren’t the best photos but you get the idea.




Something invisible was munching on my plants.




More carnage.



Feasting on them.

Well, not the crooknecks, zucchini, okra, my 20 tomato plants (and yes, I have 20+ tomato plants growing), my peppers and cukes, all seemed to be doing fine.

It’s just my sunflowers. Last year, none of the ones I planted came up. Bad seeds — or so I thought.

Maybe they came up and were eaten faster than corn on the cob after the Concordia Spring Football game?


“Fear the ear.”  I’m trembling this very minute.



Dang. That is one rascally Corn Cob.

Maybe I need an angry Cobber scarecrow to frighten the stink out of those bloodthirsty insects?

It’s hard to fight an enemy that is invisible.

I bought more seeds.



Grief had so ripped my bodice that I was unable to focus any of these photos.



I also bought Sevin spray and plan to nuke the heck out of those teensy stalks when they start breaking through.

There you have it.

A set back with the sunshine flowers. I lost a battle, but I’m not going to lose this war.

Any tips for bugs eating your flowers?




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2 responses to “Who knew sunflowers were so hard to grow? Tragedy strikes.”

  1. May says:

    I feel so close to you right now! For me it is slugs and strawberries and/or raccoons and apples and/or peaches! But I feel your pain!
    May recently posted..Bittersweet Ballet



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