packets of sunflower seeds at our wedding as party favors so I planted some of them each year....of course that's only been two years, but you get the picture.
Did you know sunflowers are technically a weed? They are! This got me to thinking (bear with me here for a minute). I work very hard to get grass to grow in my yard. I fertilize it and water it, I apply other things to keep the dandelion and crab grass down, but as soon as grass grows in my garden, I pull it up and treat it like a weed. It's not a weed, but I don't want it growing my my garden. I do want sunflowers to grow in my garden, so I plant and encourage them to grow. Every now and then I see sunflowers growing along the edge of a corn field. A farmer does not want sunflowers to grow in his cornfield. They are a weed to him because they are not supposed to be growing there; the corn is. So he sprays them or chops them down, no different than I would treat the grass that grows in my garden. Does this bother me? No, because I realize he is trying to grow corn and sunflowers could keep sunlight and nutrients from getting to the corn plants and I realize that corn is tastier to eat than my sunflowers.
This post was linked to:
Garden Party Tuesday, Bloomin' Tuesday and Fertilize Friday