Sun­flower tow­ers over all oth­ers

Simcoe Reformer - - FRONT PAGE - MONTE SONNENBERG

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.

MONTE SONNENBERG

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.”

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