There’s nothing like a sunflower to inspire hope. Sunflowers start out as small (and tasty) seeds and will grow upwards of 8 feet when planted in the ground. I plant this sunflower and its friends when we first moved into our house in May. It’s about 9 feet tall right now. Over the past few weeks I’ve been staring at the bud waiting for it—practically willing it—to open. While the buds of the other flowers haven’t opened yet, this one is the reigning queen of the garden with a flower the size of a large dinner plate.

Perhaps next year I’ll turn the lawn by my office into an entire field of sunflowers.

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