Sunflowers in the Front Yard

When I was a young girl, my Dad told me we couldn’t plant sunflowers in the front yard. Well, I’m all grown up now. Rebel, rebel! There were a few shrubs on the corner of our front yard which had been irritating me. If I planted flowers nearby, they’d be eaten up by bugs attracted to the shrubs. I also grew tired of trimming the shrubs. I convinced my hubby, Guy the shrubs had to go.

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After preparing the garden beds and planting in it, I noticed the bugs were still there! Well, that backfired! But, the plants persevered. It was now  a race. To see if the castor beans outgrew the sunflowers. Or vice versa.

The sunflowers won. The bugs have retreated to bushes elsewhere, I presume, too. And, today, the sunflowers stand proudly on my front lawn.

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My Dad still plants sunflowers, mind you, but in the back yard. And, his are taller than mine.

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And, wouldn’t you know it? So are his castor beans.

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He’s got 70+ years of gardening under his belt. I’ll get there!

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