Sunflower towers over all others

Tenacious plant grows high up in maple tree

Neighbours in the area of 373 Walsingham Road 10 were astounded last week to discover a fully-grown sunflower thriving in the crotch of an old maple tree 35 feet in the air. Margaritha Fehr thinks the oddity is “wonderful.” Monte Sonnenberg / Simcoe Reformer

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LANGTON — Norfolk County has branded itself as “Ontario’s Garden.”

As such, the county prides itself on growing most anything anywhere.

If that means a seven-foot sunflower 35 feet up a maple tree, well, Norfolk can do that too.

Proof positive can be found in the crotch of an old maple tree in the countryside south-west of Langton.

Neighbours Walter Dejaegher and Henry and Margaritha Fehr didn’t even know the flower was there until it bloomed last week. Dejaegher noticed it at the end of the Fehr’s laneway as he was collecting his mail at 373 Walsingham Road 10.

“Life can happen anywhere,” Dejaegher said Thursday. “We just had the right conditions this year. In any other year, it wouldn’t have grown there. It’s like a miracle from God.”

No one knows exactly how the seed for a sunflower gets this high in a tree, let alone sprouts and thrives. But Henry Fehr has his suspicions.

“Sometimes I’ve seen a squirrel go up and down there,” he said. “Or maybe the birds did that.”

Margaritha Fehr is tickled that the tallest sunflower in Norfolk — by far — has found a home outside her front door.

“It’s wonderful,” she said.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

 

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