Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Flower Seeks Sun For Needy Relationship

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Hanging on into December with admirable tenacity, a tiny little sun flower,

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It’s growing out of the wall under the kitchen window. I’m assuming it is a seed from the bird feeder, but just how it managed to germinate as it has, is a mystery to me. I’ve not grown sunflowers since the boys were small. I think I will next year (but I know better than to look at seed catalogues now, they are expensively seductive in the grey depths of winter).

Sunflowers as a commercial  cut flower in the UK really came into being in the 1980/90’s The florist Jane Packer pioneered their use in the blossoming flower fashion world of that time. It is hard to remember now, just how staid the the world of flowers was before Jane Packers innovative work came along. Sadly Jane Packer died recently at a tragically young age. A great loss.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “Flower Seeks Sun For Needy Relationship

  1. The last of mine didn’t quite make it into December. As you know I grow lots of them on the plot as they’re such a happy flower! xx

  2. I had no idea she had died…a wonderful florist too xx

  3. There’s something very touching about that tiny seedling–and something astonishing about the life force that made that seed germinate in an unlikely place at an unlikely time.

  4. How on earth did it defy gravity and manage to get itself lodged up a crack like that? It would be amazing at any time of year.

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