A final basement sunflower update?
It doesn’t look like the last of my basement sunflower buds is going to make it to a full sixth flower. The plant, which was the largest and strongest, did well with the transfer outdoors at first and was still looking good about a week later.
Two factors, though, doomed it. Its beautiful spot between two bird feeders made it irresistible to a voracious squirrel that repeatedly climbed it to get to the birdseed.
At first, I pounded on my kitchen window to chase the squirrel away. Then, my photographic instincts got the better of me, and I captured some shots of the squirrel scampering up and down the plant through my kitchen window, until the whole plant came crashing down with the squirrel clinging to it.
I tied it back up, but that night (in mid-April!) we had an ice storm. I lay awake at 3 a.m. listening to the sleet and worrying about my plants. The next two days the temperature stayed down in the 40s. My other plants kept doing fine, but my squirrel-weakened plant’s leaves shriveled up into crisps.
I’m no botanist, but I don’t think that final flower is going to bloom. Who knows, though, maybe it will….
See all the flowers:
- New life amid the polar vortex (I’ve updated this first post with all the flowers)
- They did it: My basement sunflowers lived until spring (a poem)