Sunshine of the plant world

   Sunflowers have been brightening neighborhoods once covered in floodwaters.

Linn County Master Gardeners Deb Walser and Mary Prendergast suspect the sunflowers could have been dislodged and moved from area gardens by the floodwaters, or floated away as seeds from bird feeders during the floods.

   Corn has also been sprouting in the median of I-380 that was once covered by floodwater.   That seed or the young plants, probably came from adjacent fields.


  If you have a theory on where the plants have come from, add your opinion in a message below.


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    I would say that the Sunflowers and corn in the time check area are from the various bird feeders in the area that were washed out from the flood.

    I have corn and sunflowers growing underneath my bird feeders due to the wind and the birds knocking out feed on the ground .

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    Cindy said,

    Janet Rowell, who lives on C Avenue NW, called to say she had a new, 50-pound bag of sunflower seed that was open and in a garbage can at the back of her house before the floods.
    The can, and seed, both floated away in the floods and she and her husband, Dick, haven’t seen either since. Janet thinks that’s where many of the sunflowers may have originated.
    The basement of their home, in the 500-year flood plain, filled with water, as well as a foot into their first floor. The current was strong when the couple finally evacuated, she said, with water up to her waist.

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    Cindy said,

    The Gazette’s Kaye Ross had this to add:

    “My mom feeds birds and she has a lot of “corn” plants sprouting in the cracks in her patio. But what we discovered when they grew up last year is that they’re not corn at all, but millet. They don’t grow very tall but produce a big seed head. I wonder if that’s what some of the plants are.”

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    Brenda said,

    I have 4 kids we have all played ball–often at Ellis Park. Just one week before the flood we had a tournament at Ellis. Everyone knows that you can’t play ball without sunflower seeds–and if you have ever watched a team of Little Leaguers eat seeds you know that for every 3 that land in the mouth at least 33 fall to the ground. (And to tell you the truth–the same thing happens with the parents in the stands!!) My theory is that the floodwaters lifted up all those uneaten seeds at Ellis and “spread the joy” all over the Timecheck neighborhood. The flowers are amazing!!!!

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    Cindy said,

    Leah Jackson, a Time Check resident who lost everything in the flood, sent the following e-mail:

    Back in late June my house was put on the front page of the Gazette with a table that had washed up in my yard, we had wrote good by time chek on it before we left, now when I go over to my house its hello sunflowers. My address is 517 M Ave NW and it looks like the abundance of the sunflowers landed in my yard. It is unbelievable how many there are and now that I am not going back I hope the birds and other animals can enjoy them. It is a devastating thing to lose everything you had, but yet it seems that something good comes out of everything, I feel the city should make it into a park or something for the birds and animals to me this is mothers natures way of telling us this was what she wanted.

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