RATTLE FALLS, N.L.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Eddie Hiscock’s tall sunflowers are enormous sights to see at his cottage at Rattle Falls.
The largest one, with a single flower, stood110 inches tall earlier this month, while the second, with multiple blooms, tops out at around 100 inches.
That’s eight to nine-feet of flower.
Eddie’s wife Deanne says the original seeds came from a gentleman in Ochre Pit Cove, Conception Bay, last fall.
Eddie admired the gentleman's huge sunflowers so the man proceeded to break off a dried sunflower head and told him to let the seeds dry over the winter and plant in the spring.
Due to the cold spring this past year, Eddie gave the seeds a little head start indoors in paper cups and moved the little plants in fish boxes in late June, sharing the space with a few tomato plants.
He used no special fertilizer, other than a fertilizer pellet for the tomatoes — just coffee grounds, egg shells and a little Epson salts went into the sunflower box.
A third plant flowered with a large bloom earlier in the season but it wasn’t nearly as tall. The middle plant developed quite a large bloom head that has now faded and was followed by a number of side shoots which are still blooming.
Deanne remarks that instead of "Jack and the beanstalk," it’s "Eddie and his sunflower stalks!"