When we visited Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary during a whirlwind week in February this year, to introduce our respective moms to our adopted Donkey, we saw that all the sunflowers outside the cute little shop were in full bloom.
We picked up a couple of seeds and, on our return home, planted them in a flower-pot. It felt like we were taking a bit of Donkey’s home with us back to our home.
Much to our delight, all six seeds began to send up shoots through the soil, and we were getting quite hopeful that they would survive beyond the weak and delicate seedling stage. Unfortunately, we had reckoned without birds, snails, slugs, beetles, caterpillars… A couple of weeks later, only three were strong enough to be planted out into the ground.
Since then, two more have fought and lost the good fight against the aforementioned ‘enemies’. The cold winter rains, chilly winds and long nights certainly didn’t help either.
One, however, has proudly ‘hung in there’ and survived! Although it has lost almost all its leaves by now, it has sent all its energy and vitality into producing one, single, cheerful, golden-yellow bloom that stands in dramatic contrast against the dark, grey, rain-heavy clouds and the muddy, water-logged earth.
We were so thrilled by its courage and perseverance, that I just had to share our joy with all of you.
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