Gardens at Westlake resident grows 10-foot-tall sunflower

Donald Stone shows off his 10-foot-tall sunflowers growing at the Gardens at Westlake.

Donald Stone, an 84-years-young resident at the Gardens at Westlake has no gardening skills nor ever had any interest in planting things until recently.

On a whim this past spring, he went to a nursery and bought seeds for tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes and sunflowers. He planted all of his seeds on a 95-degree June day and much to his surprise, “everything” grew. He had an abundance of tomatoes, five watermelons, three cantaloupes and 10 sunflowers.

Unfortunately the deer enjoyed six of the sunflowers until he used fertilizer; one of the four that survived has grown to an astonishing 10 feet tall.

Don is very proud of what he has accomplished which was a totally surprise to him and his fellow residents who have reaped the rewards of his new venture.

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Volume 3, Issue 20, Posted 3:57 PM, 10.04.2011