"..If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh... well, there it is."- Dr. Ian Malcolm in "Jurassic Park"
As some may recall, last year the squirrels feasted on my sunflowers before they had a chance to properly mature and produce seeds. Or so I thought. It turns out that some seeds must have formed early on and then dropped to the ground while the bushy tailed rapacious rodents were gorging themselves. And one of them actually managed to sprout and survive long enough to bloom, despite being in far less than ideal conditions. This is amazing considering that the area in question has received nothing more than rain water over the course of the summer. And we have had some very dry weeks in the past couple of months. It's only about three feet(1m) tall, but I'm glad this sunny surprise has crashed through the barriers and hope that it seeds before the squirrels notice its presence.