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Mt. Pleasant family growing sunflowers

Union photo by Gretchen Teske

Sunflowers as tall as the garage can be seen at Betty Farley’s home in Mt. Pleasant.
Union photo by Gretchen Teske Sunflowers as tall as the garage can be seen at Betty Farley’s home in Mt. Pleasant.
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MT. PLEASANT — Some plant vegetable gardens, others flower gardens, but Jeremy Farley, of Mt. Pleasant, has planted a sunflower forest.

He has several flowers that have been planted and grown along the side of his mother, Betty Farley’s, garage. They are so tall, they nearly reach the top.

It all started a few months back in spring, Betty said. Her son Jeremy, an avid hunter, always took sunflower seeds with him into the woods.

“He used to dove hunt, so he would buy a bag of seeds. He had a lot of seeds left over so he thought, ‘Hmm. I’m going to plant a flower garden here,’” she recalled.

Betty already had flowers growing, but dug them up to let her son take over with his sunflowers. He started small, just wanting to see how big they would get, never realizing they would be up to 12 feet tall.

“He had trouble with the rain this spring, it just kept washing the seeds away,” she said.

She has no idea how many plants they have, as more just kept growing. As the seeds washed away, they replanted themselves in the ground adjacent to where the others were planted and the sunflowers began to spread.

“It doesn’t take long for them to pop up after you plant them,” she said.

The Farleys do not do anything with the seeds once they sprout; they just leave them for the birds and squirrels to feast on. Betty said she occasionally finds sunflowers in various spots in her yard where an animal has dragged it to bring back to their family, but she does not mind. They might as well, she said.