November 2, 2010

Kong - The Sunflower

The story of Kong started in April,
with seeds from the Jung Seed Co.

The seeds found their way into these
plastic cups filled with potting soil
where they grew until May, along
with pumpkins, peppers, cucumbers,
zinnias and nasturtiums.

May offered warmth and sunshine.
The two strongest little Kongs
moved outside where they shared
space with the newly planted rhubarb.

The time came when a decision had to be made.
Only one plant could stay.
I wasn't disappointed with my choice
because by July, Kong was five feet tall.

Kong grew to ten feet tall,
the leaves were getting huge
and a flower head was now visible
above the top leaves.

On the morning of August 30, I was
greeted with this flower.

I was now officially in love with Kong
and two weeks later was pleased to
 find all these flowers. The main stalk stayed strong,
but the stem on the first flower was drooping.

Green darner dragonflies and bees visited often. 

As a reward for reading to the end of the story,
please help yourself to a Johnsonville bratwurst.
For my vegetarian and vegan friends, I promise
to have something for you next time.


  1. I can see why you fell in love with Kong!
    What a great post!

  2. What a beautiful flower, we have planted sunflowers before, now I miss them! Thanks for the brat (no vegetarian here!)

  3. Oh, thankyou for the sausage! My favorite brand! YUM!

    Hey, that was a fun sunflower to grow!!! I know Phillip loved it too!!! Did you end up having only one plant??? I remember one year my brother grew some huge variety like this and he planted the whole pack in a backyard garden, and it was amazing to see! I think his were somewhere in the 10-12 ft. tall range...and the size of the stalks were incredible! Just like yours!!! WOWZERS!

    Hope all is well in your world. Good to see your lovely post!!!

    See you later (and thanks again for the suasage)! Hehehe.

  4. It's before breakfast here. I can almost smell the bratwurst. Yummmm.

    Great sunflower story. Loved the pictures. I've got to get some seeds for next year!

    Now, I've got to get myself some breakfast. The brats are making my stomach growl.

  5. That's quite a sunflower! I miss mine already. I just loved seeing the goldfinches hanging upside down on the drooping seed heads.

  6. I like that shot with the dragonfly on Kong. That sunflower was very happy in your garden if it grew that huge!

    Thanks for the offer of sausages but I must decline. I have a phobia of meat in that shape.


    P.S.Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me sweet comments.
    take care!

  7. This is a beauty, Donna! I planted some sunflower seedlings and more seeds this spring, except that my husband didn't understand just where I planted them and mowed them all down:) Next year, I'll look for Kong--surely he can't miss something that big!

    Thanks for the brat; could I be greedy and take one for my husband, too? Then I won't have to cook dinner:)

  8. Nice post, Donna. Love Kong too. I haven't tried planting sunflower and I am planning to give it a try this summer. That dragonfly is beautiful.My first time to see such kind.
    Thank you for the sausage. I am hungry so I will grab two pieces..hehehe
    By the way, thank you for all your sweet comments, Donna.About Brownie, she is recovering well and since the last two days she was already to her usual self, climbing on top of the hutch and wheeking for food. This morning, hubby took her to the Vet again for a check up.
    Hope you enjoy your day.
    Hugs from down under.

  9. I haven't seen a dragonfly on a flower like that before. Was he feeding on the flower or resting?

    Kong is appropriately named, and a real beauty.

  10. I loved seeing most of the life cycle of Kong! What a great plant. Your pictures are fabulous. One year a sunflower came up in my backyard by my stone planter. Thank goodness I noticed it right away so my family did not mow it. I don't know how it got there but it was beautiful when it bloomed!

  11. What a great journey through the lifecycle of Kong.
    And my mouth was watering at the end with those scrummy sausages.

  12. I've never seen a tall one get so many flowers. I wonder if I could get it to grow here next summer?
    I'd love a sausage, it sounds perfect now :)

  13. Huuuhhh I know why this one is called Kong...because of King what size.

    I'm utterly in love with the dragonfly..(and the story about it).

    And those bratwurst....why didn't you ring when diner was ready?
    I'll be there next time.
    Wonderful hugs beautiful lady.

  14. I am a sucker for sunflowers. A couple of years I did a whole little "wall" of them. By summer's end, it was like pulling up tree trunks to get some of those out of there! I know this had to be very very fun for Phillip, and who can resist smiling at the sweet face of a sunflower. Thanks for the brat! One of my very favorite pleasures of summer!

  15. Wonderful sunflowers. What a great choice. I love the visitor photos. You must have your camera at the ready to get those shots.

    So nice to hear from you again. I've missed you too.

    Next willing to come across the pond to join us? Think about it. You are one of my favorite women.

  16. What a delightful harvest of sunshine!

  17. Hi Donna!

    Just dropping by to say hello and thank you for all the sweet comments. Hope you have a lovely day always.


  18. My Mexican Sunflower is a different breed of plant altogether! Kong is a spectacular 1 flower stalk! I love KONG!!!!!


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