“Tenacity”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


I noticed this little sunflower was in bud over the weekend, and it has just opened today.





It was at the base of the bird feeder and is one of the black oil sunflowers.  It seems strange that with all the cold weather we have been having lately that this little seed would be able to germinate, the plant would survive three freezes, and still be able to bloom.  Nature certainly can be tenacious.


  1. Chandramouli said,

    December 10, 2008 at 3:16 am

    True Jan. I also got a bushy sunflower variety this summer and it turned out to be pleasant surprise. Nature sure has many surprises in stock within her womb! Hail! Hail Nature!

  2. Jan said,

    December 10, 2008 at 5:29 am

    Chandramouli, I had sunflowers earlier in the summer, too. I was just a little surprised to see one growing and blooming this late in the year.

  3. Brenda Kula said,

    December 10, 2008 at 10:38 am

    It’s funny that I’ve never had sunflowers sprout. Definitely had the seedlings come up though. Just thought I’d mention to you: ever since you added the “snow” to your blog, typing comments and scrolling down is different. It’s like a “time delay” of some sort. Just thought I’d mention it. Don’t know if it’s due to adding that or not. I just make it a policy to tell bloggers when something has changed, and ask them to do the same for me!

  4. Randy said,

    December 10, 2008 at 11:11 am

    What a wonderful little ray of sunshine. I hope you made it ok thru the storms, Jan.

  5. Jan said,

    December 10, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Brenda, we have sunflower seeds from the feeders sprout all the time though this time of year is a little late for them to be showing up. Thanks for the heads up on the comments. I’ll have to check it out.

    Randy, we didn’t have any bad weather last night, but that low is now sending rain and wind our way, so we may be in for some storms tonight.

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