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March 29th 2023

The {Farmer} & The Florist Interview: Steve Kaufer

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A few years ago we got an email out of the blue from a flower farmer in Wisconsin who sent a picture of some sunflowers he had been breeding and wanted to see if we might be interested in offering them. His sunflowers were like nothing I had ever seen before and I immediately picked up the phone. 

Two short weeks later Steve Kaufer flew out to the farm to meet us and we ended up planting a huge field of his amazing sunflowers to trial here in our climate. After getting to experience Steve’s beautiful creations, it became clear that he was really onto something and we encouraged him to follow the trail so that he could one day release his beauties out into the world.

In addition to being a flower farmer and sunflower breeder, Steve is also a master falconer. And during the winter months, he shares a lot of really interesting videos about how he utilizes these magnificent birds of prey to combat pests, such as rabbits, on his farm.  

Steve is one of the kindest, most generous people I know and it has been such an honor to get to play a small part in his flower journey. I thought it would be fun to have Steve share a little more about his flower farm, the sunflowers he’s been breeding, and his upcoming seed sale on April 1, 2023.

Your flower journey has been a long and winding one. I’d love to have you share a little about how you started and where you are now. 

I pretty much stumbled into the cut flower world. I had been growing native prairie grasses and flowers since the early 1990s in order to improve our land for wildlife. In January 2000, I lost my job due to downsizing and I needed to find a way to make an income.

I got a job working for a friend but needed to make more money, and I discovered that nobody was utilizing the native prairie flowers in the cut flower market. As a side hustle, I started selling single stems of golden Alexanders, blue Baptisia, echinacea, and a dozen other native flowers to flower shops in the Twin Cities.

Some of my flower shop customers suggested I start growing zinnias and sunflowers for them, so I did, not having a clue what I was doing … just a desire to provide for my family. I grew to love growing and selling flowers over the next few years as we added a huge retailer, a wholesaler, and two farmers markets to our customer list. Growing acres of perennials and annuals, we sold mixed grab-and-go bouquets as well as wholesale 5-stem single-variety bunches.

In 2012, we changed focus and concentrated on doing high-volume 5-stem bunches of just our most popular flowers—peonies and lilacs for perennials, sunflowers and zinnas for annuals. From 2012 to 2022, we cut between 15,000 to 20,000 sunflowers a week for 12 weeks, and they became what we were known for. 

During this time, I discovered a rogue sunflower in one of my idled fields that had volunteered, which was really odd because everything I grow is a sterile hybrid. There shouldn’t have been any flowers in that field, especially a teddy bear-looking thing that was bi-colored.

And that lone flower has led me to where I am today, turning the page on my 22 years as a cut flower grower to start a seed company to breed and bring amazing new sunflowers to the world, with the hope to spread joy and leave a beautiful legacy behind in my wake.

So after finding that special rogue sunflower, it sounds like you started down the path you’re on now. Will you share more about why you decided to shift your focus?

Initially, my goal was to see if I could create a flower for my customers that no one else had. It took 8 years of planting, culling, and selecting to get a good population of multicolored double-flowering sunflowers. I was still working 16 hours a day on my cut flower business, so I couldn’t devote a ton of time to breeding and almost stopped several times due to setbacks of weather and just not enough hours in the day. 

However, in 2016 I remember looking at the seeds I needed to plant and trying to decide if I had the time to do it. I felt God nudge me to plant them—that something good would come from it. That year I decided to start separating the colors from each other and do some hand-pollinating to strive toward individual colors. Then in 2020 when the pandemic hit, I had an epiphany—I could sell seeds to make money if nobody would be able to buy cut flowers in person.

I reached out to a couple of seed companies, but nothing panned out. Then I reached out to Floret, and lo and behold, for some reason you reached back out to a little unknown flower farmer in Wisconsin.

You’re currently working on breeding some incredibly special and unique sunflower varieties. Can you talk about the goals of your breeding program? Are there any varieties in particular that you’re especially excited about? 

After you and I spoke, I was inspired to continue breeding my sunflowers for a different reason. I want to be able to share their beauty with people everywhere, not just in my little part of the world. That’s why I started my seed company and I am turning the page on my cut flower business.

I am particularly excited about a few varieties that are on the verge of being ready for market. There is a chocolate double variety that has been getting better and better each year. There is also a deep burgundy double that has an iridescent look to it that I really like. And something I am super excited about is a breakthrough I had with a variegated variety. The foliage is absolutely amazing and I believe I am only a couple of years away from having it stable, fingers crossed. Of course, I have several dozen others that I am hoping will replicate when I plant this year. However, as you know, sometimes you never see the traits of the parent plant ever again.

In 2024, I will be releasing a variety called the Lemon Drop Mix (pictured above). It is a mix of lemon-colored flowers that are single, semi-double, and fully double flowers. They will be available in my store on my website. If you go there and sign up for my newsletter you will be kept in the loop on breeding progress as well as sales and special offers.

I love the giant flower murals you share on social media—talk about taking things to the next level! What inspired you to start creating these large-scale works, and can you walk us through the process of making one? 

I had made smaller flat-lay murals on our picnic table just for fun. But then a few years ago when a violent storm laid out our last 3 weeks of sunflower production, I suddenly found myself with 100,000 uncuttable flowers. So, I decided to make lemonade out of lemons—it was better than crying and way more fun. We were in a unique position to scale up our flower murals to another level.

At first, we just free-handed them. As they got more complex, I started printing them out and making a grid so we could scale up a ratio. For example, a 1-in-by-1-in square on the paper was equal to a 3-ft-by-3-ft square on the ground. Then we just started cutting flower heads and putting them in containers in the cooler until I felt we had enough to do the mural.

I usually have two murals in my head at the same time. That way, once we are done with one we can leave a lot of the flowers on the ground and repurpose them for the second mural. They usually take three of us about 6 hours to do.

The photographs you shared for this interview featuring your sunflowers are stunning! Can you tell us more about these images and their creator? Are they part of a larger project?

I met the photographer, Caroline Jensen, on Instagram. I posted a story about my prairie flowers and she commented on it. I found out she was an amazing photographer and subliminally stored that information in my brain.

I had considered doing some sort of project to share my many years in the cut flower business but I wasn’t exactly sure what … YouTube, online courses, farm events, perhaps writing a book. However, I hadn’t really looked at any of these options as more than a passing interest.

Later on, I was looking at some photos of the Van Gogh’s Fantasy field I had taken during the last growing season. I remember thinking, “Everybody should be so lucky to see this beauty every day.” And a light bulb went off—a book! I need to put these photos in a book!

And, if I’m being honest, I went to the bookshelf and thumbed through your Discovering Dahlias book. As I was looking at it, I thought, “These dahlia photos are amazing. There’s no way I can take photos anywhere near as stunning as these.” But then I thought of the amazing photographer with a shared love of prairie flowers who follows me online.

So, I contacted Caroline through Instagram and asked her if she would be interested in being the first professional photographer to take pictures of my flowers. We hit it off immediately and had a great conversation about flowers, photography, and faith. I told her I didn’t exactly know how I was going to use the photos, but wanted to know if she wanted first dibs and she enthusiastically agreed.

Caroline lives hours away from me, but she and her husband traveled here three times last summer. They camped out in their camper so she could get photos during the morning and evening golden hour. Then I sent her home with buckets of my flowers so she could work her magical arranging skills and capture photos that I could only dream of taking. And after seeing her first shots I knew I was right.

So, in answer to your question, I will be working on a book of some sort. Now that I have Caroline’s artistic talent behind the beauty of my flowers, I am even more motivated to create something I can share with fellow flower lovers.

Your sunflower varieties are unlike anything I’ve ever grown before and I’m so excited that you’re finally making them available to the world. How can people purchase seeds and when and where will they be available?

This coming Saturday, April 1, at 12 p.m. CST, I’ll be offering my Van Gogh’s Fantasy Mix (pictured above) in my online shop. It’s a mix of every flower that has ever been produced at my farm over the last 14 years.

Each packet includes 25 seeds and will produce a diverse mix of colors and forms. I’ll also be offering bundles of bulk packets at a discount for people wanting to grow larger quantities. For now, I am only able to ship within the United States but am hopeful that by 2024 I will have the details worked out to ship to other countries.

Thank you so much, Steve, for taking the time to share about your sunflowers and your breeding journey. I can’t wait to grow more of your beautiful creations on our farm this year. 

Steve has generously offered to share some of his coveted seeds with Floret readers! For a chance to win a packet of Lemon Drop Mix and Van Gogh’s Fantasy Mix, post a comment below telling us where you would plant Steve’s magical sunflower seeds if you won—we’d love to hear a little bit about your garden. 

We will be drawing five winners on April 10. Unfortunately, due to export restrictions, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. 

Visit Sunflower Steve’s website where you can sign up for his newsletter and shop his sale: https://www.sunflowersteveseedco.com/

Follow Steve on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sun_flower_steve/

Update: A  huge congratulations to our winners, Linda Dyer, Sarah Barlow, Beth Arnold, Caryn Szejka, and Kimberly Scanlon.


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2,428 Comments

  1. Iren on

    I am soooooo excited that Steve’s sunflower seeds will be available to purchase!!! I would plant these seeds near the pear tree my father planted for me 20 years ago. This tree bloomed for the very first time after my Father passed in January 2020 and it has bloomed every year since. There’s even a pear on it this year!

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  2. Wendy Abourjeily on

    My great grandfather raised many many varieties of dahlias back in the early 1900s and sold them and showed them at the county fair Still my favorite flower!! Love your beautiful pictures and would love to continue the family tradition. Thanks!!

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  3. Sandy Hess on

    Sunflowers have always been my oldest daughter’s favorite flower, she is 36 now.
    I’ve been gardening for years and find joy in each season, discovering new varieties of all kinds. As I sit next to her drinking coffee I was showing her your amazing VanGogh sunflowers. I hope to be able to plant them in my front yard one day.
    It is exciting to see and hear all that you are doing.

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  4. Renee Smith on

    Wow. I’m speechless. I’ve always loved flowers, had my baskets to plant them in, every spring. Last year I planted dahlias and I fell in love. I see all of Steve’s sunflower options and I’m so sad that I missed the seed sales. Stunning. Truly stunning. Hmmm.. I wonder if I should just dig up part of my front yard, and plant flowers!? Flowers >grass 😂. You all are doing an amazing job with your cut flowers. Elba isn’t that far from Maple Valley. I need to explore my own state. I’m surrounded by growers and I truly had no idea

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  5. Ellen Czahar on

    I would plant them on all sides of my house and out back by the pool to brighten the whole yard.
    I want to see the faces of my neighbors when they see the unusual variety of sunflowers that spring up :)
    Of course, I’ll be gracious and share some and where I got them.

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  6. Linda Nies on

    Hi,
    I live in the California Central Valley town of Clovis. We can have very hot summers and I have successfully planted hollyhock, morning glory, moss rose/portulaca as ground cover. I recently purchased a couple sunflower seed packets to plant this year along my fence line to cover up and hide faded wood slats. I bought yellow and red/orange varigated varieties. I was more than thrilled when I saw your interview with Sunflower Steve in my email inbox and read about his sunflower journey and his love of growing. So very inspiring to novice flower growers like myself. Steve’s sunflowers are the most unique and beautiful that I have ever seen and would love to attempt to grow some in my CA climate. Only wish and dream that I had a huge plot of land to grow more on. May have to plant in large pots this year as well. I have a friend from church that grows using Floret seeds. She has promised me a tour of her garden soon!!
    LOVED the interview and Steve’s sweet personality. It couldn’t have come at a better time. Was going to plant my seeds this week. VERY excited to have sunflowers this year and see the butterflies and humming birds in my yard again.

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  7. Patty Ray on

    I’ve been trying to start a large flower garden for two years now with some successes. I would love to incorporate Steve’s beautiful sunflower mix wit my zinnias, dahlias and cosmos! I absolutely love sunflowers. I live in the Florida Panhandle and they do very well here.

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  8. Sheree Eischen on

    This is the first year of my cut flower garden. My garden is in north central Iowa, Zone 5a. I have been following Erin with Floret and Nicole from Flower Hill Farm. Nicole also shared a you tube video of a conversation with Steve. What an amazing story. I’m so happy Floret has connected with Steve’s sunflowers. Between the 2 of you the world will be planting the “seeds of the future.” Thank you Erin for this opportunity.

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  9. Kathy Corby on

    Sunflowers this special would absolutely need pride of place. In my Hudson Valley, cutting garden, they would occupy the corner where last years compost makes the soil the richest, standing tall in front of the espaliered fruit trees and unruly grapevine

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  10. Dawn Nassra on

    Such stunning sunflowers! For the past few years my town has done a “summer of sunflowers ” town wide event. Residents are encouraged to plant sunflowers in their yards/gardens. My family loves to participate. Sunflowers are such fun and happy flowers. It would be amazing to have some of Steve’s beautiful sunflowers growing in my garden for all who drive by to enjoy!

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  11. Sue Larson on

    I would grow these sunflowers in my cut flower garden. Any extras I have, I would share with friends and family.

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  12. Gayle Wilson on

    I always dreamed of having a garden like my little Granny had. Of course, her garden was so special, I knew I could never replicate it, but through my working years I would imagine a garden that would honor my little Granny. When I finally retired and we moved into our current home, after all the imagining and dreaming, I knew I wanted a pollinator garden that would host butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other birds native to our area. I started small and realized how much time and energy it would take to turn a suburban back yard into the garden I envisioned. I was blessed to find Nick of Bluebird Growers who is a walking horticulture encyclopedia. Nick took my vision and helped create the garden that I had dreamed about that now takes up most of our backyard. The only thing missing is sunflowers. Little Granny always had sunflowers that seemed to reach up to the sky! I know that Steve’s sunflowers would complete my dream.

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  13. Shari Howard on

    We live in a 55 and older Mobile home park. When we moved in we had a 10 foot tall and 6 foot wide wall of Arborvitae between our house and our neighbors. We removed it and have made it a flower garden with blueberry bushes included. we have been planting Sunflowers to hide the side of our neighbors carport and we would love to have some of Steve’s to include with ours.

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  14. Jenny Liang on

    Thank you for sharing this interview. I first learned about Sunflower Steve through Roots & Refuge. Sunflowers have been special to me and my husband. I had been gifted two Mammoth Grey Stripe sunflower seedlings from a community garden in 2020, and the following year, I had a similarly magical experience with a volunteer sunflower. If I am gifted a packet of Sunflower Steve’s seeds, I will grow them as the gateway to our garden, on each side of a cattle panel arch trellis. They will bring joy to my neighbors all around.

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  15. Suzannne Sherman on

    I would plant Steve’s Sunflowers in front of our Charming Victorian home in two 15’x 25′ lots. We live on a busy street in Petaluma, Ca. taking cars between the city and the country and I am sure the sunflowers would delight and add joy to the day of all passerbys.

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  16. Joni Young on

    The love that went into these sunflowers are unmatched. It would be a true blessing to plant and share the beauty. I would plant these in my front flower beds so that people walking past my house could enjoy them as well.
    I’m a backyard flower farmer in my second year. I started my business with the intention of connection people through flowers and making others smile.
    Soulshine Blooms 🌻🙂❤️

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  17. Stephanie on

    I would plant these beautiful flowers in a stone edged bed we have along the side of our yard where I could enjoy them from our deck. They would also be in a spot where my neighbors could appreciate them as well.

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  18. Melanie on

    As a small business owner myself I can appreciate all the work that goes into starting your own business. I would enjoy planting your seeds in my Northern Minnesota garden to sell out of my retail cooler at our local grocery store. I will be following your website as I like to shop as “local” as I can for my retail greenhouse and garden seeds. Thanks for the sharing this great find Erin.

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  19. Julie on

    I would love to plant sunflowers into my 3 year old cut flower garden that I am just starting to add different varieties to. Right now I have zinnias, cosmos and echinaceas in that garden and each year I add a few more flowers.

    Thanks,

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  20. Karen McNamee on

    This is my first Spring and Summer after retiring this year. I’m extending my flower garden. I have had my eye on Steve’s sunflowers. I can see them mingled in with my many zinnia varieties.

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  21. Jenny on

    Wow I remember watching him sit on his porch and talk about his sunflowers with another flower farmer. I am obsessed with sunflowers. My purse is hand tooled with a sunflower on it. My kindergarten class will be planting sunflowers in our flower garden this year. I am super excited to see those.

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  22. Donna on

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this story of Sunflower Steve. I am a rank beginner in growing flowers for arrangements. At this point I am just giving them away to friends and neighbors. I would love to grow some of these amazing sunflowers.

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  23. Jane Purdy on

    Take my breath away!! I’m new to the cut flower world, and in all the busy-ness of installing infrastructure—water lines, high tunnels, seed starting shed—I’d not really given thought to sunflowers much. But these! Oh my! There must be space dedicated for them. To start with, however, for a bit more beauty on the homestead, I want to plant them right outside our barndominium’s black south wall…what a statement!!

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  24. Donna on

    Beautiful unique sun flowers. I would be honored to grow them.
    I grow dahlias and regular sun flowers in my back yard garden. Each week I give bouquets to our local restaurant. A mom and pop small town Armenian cafe. The cafe is decorated in dark cobalt blue. They Love The sun flowers I give them as the vibrant yellow pops with the blue back ground. It is a gift to share so others can enjoy the beautiful flowers. It would be so fun to share these new varieties.

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  25. Buttercup Saldana on

    Thanks so much Erin for sharing Steve’s story. I would plant the sunflowers in my front yard so when I first walk outside they would put a smile on my face. 😊

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  26. Pete Burkard on

    Wow, Steve, his talents, and his creativity are amazing! I’d like to trial these beauties in the unique growing conditions of central Florida. I’ve dipped a toe into cut flower growing before, during my 40 years as a farmers’ market vendor. So I have the love, know-how, and the property to bring these beauties to the southland.

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  27. Margo on

    I’d like to plant these around our neighborhood, so every house that wanted to grow them could do so!

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  28. Carolyn on

    How fantastic it would be to win these seeds! I would plant them along my fence line so my neighbors could enjoy them as well. What a site to see as the sun goes down.

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  29. Tina on

    I would love to plant them at our school garden at the college. Everyone enjoys walking though the student garden to see the flowers I am growing and these would make everyone smile. Reedley California community college

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  30. Tina on

    I would love to plant them at our school garden at the college. Everyone enjoys walking though the student garden to see the flowers I am growing and these would make everyone smile. Reedley California community college.

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  31. Krista Skrede on

    I am an art teacher and a very small flower farmer. If I won these seeds I would plant them in my garden and share them with my students in the fall, we would use them as inspiration for paintings, drawings and collages. It would be AMAZING!

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  32. Kate on

    I would plant these in our vegetable garden; last year was the first time we planted a good amount of flowers there and it added so much in so many ways to the garden!

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  33. Deanna L on

    Sunflowers are my absolute favorite flowers! I would plant them in my yard where my entire neighborhood can enjoy them.

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  34. Jennifer on

    These are so beautiful! I missed Steve’s sale, but if I won some seeds I would plant them in one of my raised beds in my backyard. I have volunteer sunflowers every year that I grow for pollinators and let them go to seed for the birds. (Those are in a different spot.) I live in a suburban area in central California, zone 9b, and it would be interesting to see how these grow here in the hot valley!

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  35. Grace & Phil Durgin on

    We are retirement age “newbie” farmers who tend 1/3 acre of U-pick mixed flowers. A healthy portion of our beds are always planted in mixed sunflowers. What a surprise Steve’s blooms would be for our sunflower devotees (and they number many) who visit each summer on a quest to make that “perfect” bouquet!

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  36. Carolyn on

    Wow! I’ve never seen sunflowers like that! Those doubles are fantastic. The chocolate and burgandy colors are unique. I would plant some at the nonprofit farm where I volunteer.

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  37. Kim Decker on

    These sunflowers are magical! I have a fence that is near a road that goes by my home.
    I think these amazing flowers would be such a treat for my neighbors & passerby. It’s near my small flower garden &
    raised veggie beds that I would so enjoy! Thanks for the chance!

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  38. Cheryl Rohleder on

    These are amazing flowers. I currently have sunflowers along my west Fenceline, but would like to add some to other parts of my garden. Of course, the birds do help in seeding them in other places occasionally. This gentleman has done wonderful things with the humble sunflower. He is a blessing.

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  39. Jaci Dixon on

    I never knew there were so many different varieties of sunflowers. Thanks for sharing Steve’s story. So interesting to read about how people get their start in business. I volunteer at the Illinois State University Horticulture Center and they plant a field of sunflowers annually for public enjoyment. I’m going to share this with them and maybe we can start to diversify what we plant.

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  40. Jaci Dixon on

    I never knew there were so many different varieties of sunflowers. Thanks for sharing Steve’s story. So interesting to read about how people get their start in business. I volunteer at the Illinois State University Horticulture Center and they plant a field of sunflowers annually for public enjoyment. I’m going to share this with them and maybe we can start to diversify what we plant.

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  41. joanne cosh on

    All my sunflowers are from a parent plant about 20 years ago. Every year the sunflowers come back!! what a miracle flower they are! I love to transplant them so that they each have a chance of survival. The gold finches enjoy them in the early fall here in northern NJ.
    I would love to have a packet of special sunflower seeds. Imagine the joy that they could bring for the next 20 years!

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  42. Luanne Oneal on

    Inspiring story! Appreciate your dedication! We are beekeepers and recently learned Sunflowers may be helpful in controlling the Varroa mite. A terrible pest for bees. We will be planting more sunflowers, for sure!

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  43. Wendi on

    Thank you for sharing a bit of Steve’s story. I have been following him for a couple years and love seeing his work. I have dreamed about having a field full of his sunflowers on our property. I garden on a fairly small scale, but am always thinking about ways to improve and expand the garden!

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  44. Nicole Williams on

    Incredible story!! Thank you so much for introducing Steve and for being a person who lifts up others in the community.

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  45. Ann Forrester on

    Thank you for introducing Sunflower Steve! I loved reading about his jouney and sunflower story intertwined with his faith. What a gift to have new varieties available to flower lovers & growers based on Steve listening to those little whispers.

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  46. Rachel B on

    Steve’s sunflowers are stunning! Thank you for sharing his interview and photos! I would love to plant his mix around my veggie garden and I would also like to create a magical flower fort out of them for my kids!

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  47. Rachel on

    I’d plant them everywhere I could on our farm in Wenatchee, WA! What a great interview and an applause for Floret for answering Steve’s email when he needed it! So beautiful!

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  48. Edie Henderson on

    These sunflowers are incredible. They remind me of my dad who grew giant sunflowers as hobby. I have a photograph of my 6 foot-plus father standing atop a six foot ladder with a five foot rake extended to just barely reach the top of one of the giant sunflowers he grew that hot summer in the rich Kittitas Valley top soil Thanks for bringing these beauties to my attention.

    Kind regards,
    Edie Henderson

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  49. Jocelyn Boyer on

    I would love to grow some of these sunflowers in my backyard to enjoy with my four flower loving kids, friends and family.

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  50. lynn galloway on

    Last summer our mini flower farm was damaged by a wildfire in our town in Mariposa, california. The greenhouse was destroyed as was most of the irrigation and equipment. I decided to retire after the fire. We are getting older and want to travel, but i would like to plant steve’s gorgeous sunflowers in a previously burned part of our farm to remind me of the fun i had tending to all the flowers!

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  51. Carolyn Nelson on

    My husband & I live in Cumming GA. I retired from our local hospital recently and enjoy more time for gardening and gardening with my 7 grandchildren. I used to take my grands to a local farmer who planted a field of sunflowers every year near us…now his time doing that has come to an end. . . and sadly we will miss him and the sunflowers. I would love to show my grandchildren the wonder of growing these special flowers on our little 2 and a half acres here in Georgia. . . and sharing them with our neighbors as we walk often up and down our street greeting those from different walks of life.
    P.S. I’m happy to learn about SunflowerSteve and just signed up to follow him on IG! I’ve been a fan of Floret for years and appreciate you helping us grow as gardeners.

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  52. Cindy Reed on

    They’re are gorgeous! I would love to add they along the fence between my dahlias and our hayfield. 😀❤️🌻

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  53. Heather Novack on

    Wow over 2,368 comments of people all wanting these seeds. Well done Floret. Well done Steve. With all the bad things going on in the world, I love this. I have to admit, I tried refreshing Steve’s order page over and over again when the seeds were released and never got any availability, so I am pretty bummed. I’d love to try these seeds in my central PA flower patch. I started planting flowers a few years ago because my husband didn’t want to mow all the time. Now we (I) just week all the time, but it is prettier. I have a small, help-yourself stand at the end of the driveway to sell some flower bunches. Everyone loves sunflowers. These would be so awesome grow for the color. Thank you!

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  54. Karen Runvik on

    I love Steves’sSunflowers and the Photography He shared on the interview with Erin.
    Since retiring last year and now have time to begin my dream…I am beginning this year to grow and sell flowers and herbs and wild flowers at local farmers markets. I have a small fenced garden area where I grow fruit and vegetables and will plant as many short season flowers as I can in my 1/2 acre. I think his sunflowers will be a wonderful addition to my little garden and the beginning of my love of growing flowers. Thank you for all your lovely inspirational books Erin. I have learned so much. I feel a lot more brave to begin my dream.

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  55. Darlene Smith-Gianelli on

    My garden is in south central Idaho. After seeing the beautiful photos of Floret I increased the flower ratio in my garden this year! I hope to share the beauty of the garden with my friends and neighbors. Would love to add Sunflower Steve’s to the mix!

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  56. Tyleen on

    A little “sun” here in the Pacific NW makes life here beyond beautiful! I’ve never seen any sunflowers with the beauty Sunflower Steve and Caroline have shared!!
    New to WA from CO, we’re learning about the local Puget Sound climate and gardening, and are blessed to have found your website and the beautiful Skagit Valley.

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  57. Ansie on

    I live in the most beautifull city of Cape Town…just building my dream shed home on a 2 hectar little farm…my dream…I grew up on a flower farm and been a dream to have my own piece of ground with lots of veggies..animals and flowers…its getting there slowly…after my builder stole my money ..but i still believe…

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  58. Amy C on

    I would be so excited to win these, and it would take me forever to decide the perfect place to plant them!

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  59. Cheryl Pedersen on

    I haves large flower bed 25’x10’ located in my backyard and is visible from my family room and kitchen through large 5’ tall windows. If I were to win Steve’s sunflower seeds I would make a statement and plant them down the center of this flowerbed. Then I would be filled with the enjoyment and love that these sunflowers produce when I see these amazing sunflowers. That’s what I would do.
    Cheryl from Early Morning Farms, Stanwood WA

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  60. Irma Lagomarsino on

    I garden in SE Portland, Oregon–I have a full sun area on the south facing side of our home to plant this extraordinary sunflower mix. As a Growing Kindness Alumni Ambassador (2022 Floret Workshop), I will be giving away these flowers in my community to spread kindness with a particular focus on black-women owned business. Thank you Floret! #garden4delight

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  61. Melanie on

    I am just beginning the cut flower journey, and it would be wonderful to start with beautiful and unusual sunflowers like these.

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  62. Susan Newman on

    I’ve been battling several major, life-altering health issues for three years. My garden is my mental and physical oasis. I would plant these sunflowers in my garden so I can enjoy them while they’re growing, then make bouquets to share their beauty and happiness with others.

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  63. Lauren O’Reilly on

    If I were to win Steve’s seeds, I’d give them to my daughter and her fiancé. Two years ago, they started a flower and vegetable farm on 2 acres. They take their flowers and vegetables to market each weekend during the season. My daughter takes great pride in choosing her sunflower seeds and making arrangements out of them. She also sells some by the stem.
    I believe if they were to plant Steve’s seeds and grow his beautiful sunflowers, that would really help their new business. Many of the vendors at the market they go to bring sunflowers, but none as beautiful as Steve’s sunflowers!

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  64. Esther on

    Steve’s beautiful Sunflowers are so awesome that I would plant them in the front yard where they could smile down on all who pass them and fill their day, as well as mine, with joy.

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  65. Cris on

    Sunflowers would be grown in our family garden on our farm. Early bloomers would be shown at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland in August.

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  66. Kimberly Johnson on

    These stunning sunflowers would look beautiful surrounding my pumpkin patch where I grow Cinderella and jack-o-lantern pumpkins! I have Frilly, Panache and Ruby Eclipse sunflowers that will be planted as well.

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  67. Deborah Zinn on

    I live in northern Indiana, the 5th generation to live on & farm acreage that was homesteaded in the 1860’s. We farm corn & soybeans in the fields, but we also have what I call my Secret Garden for flowers, perennials, rose bushes, bulbs & annuals, & a swing under a grape arbor. Since Covid, the Secret Garden has seen better days. But I am enthusiastic to pour my all (well, not ALL because I’m now 70) in to making the garden beautiful & magical again. Our 7 year old great niece & 5 year old great nephew love stopping in asking me if they can cut flowers. They LOVE the flowers they can cut for mama, especially the volunteer sunflowers under the bird feeders which I allow to grow for the birds & for the kiddos. I would love nothing more than to have more flowers than they can dream of cutting, from the earliest blooms to the fall beauties. Thanks for sharing this story…I love it, & I lived in Wisconsin during some years of my childhood so I’m partial to anything from WI!! Many thanks, & thanks for continuing to share your stories with all of your fans!

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  68. Lisa Talbot on

    After many unexpected delays, this year my sunflower allée is becoming a reality! It’s a 78-foot stretch along one side of our property just north of Chicago, and I am hoping it will bring as much joy to my neighbors as it will to us! Would love to be able to use Steve’s seeds and share his story!

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  69. Suzanne on

    These beauties would be born in my little cut flower garden in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Sunflowers are my favorite! Enjoyed the detailed, interesting interview. Thank you

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  70. Lisa on

    Would plant these in a community garden plot with my vegetables!

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  71. Poupee on

    I would plant them in our yard in Va. Great interview with sunflower Steve. Love the passion for his work and art.

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  72. Cindy Schultz on

    I have a small garden that is deer proof and I would like to plant them on the inside of the fence. Sunflowers are my favorite flower.

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  73. Dianna LeVesseur on

    I’d plant those seeds in my flower field in Northern Minnesota. I’ve recently started a flower farm, and those beauties would take my bouquets to a whole new level!

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  74. Moe on

    We have a 5 acre piece of property in Roy Wa. I would be planting these Sunflowers against our new paint by the garage to show the pops of color. 🖤

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  75. Christi Rollans on

    The sunflowers are stunning as are the pictures. I am a little jealous of some outstanding ability to produce something so beautiful.
    I have gotten sunflower seeds from Floret & done okay. Our heat & dry conditions really make it a challenge but I continue to try.

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  76. Cathy MacNeal on

    I plant sunflowers every year (including Floret’s!). They are a wonderful complement to the lavender varieties I grow. Visitors to Lavender Hill Farm are so charmed by them, especially children. And I love watching sunflowers grow so fast! Happy birds too.

    Thanks for this great interview.

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  77. Mary Kapp on

    We have an area where these lovely sunflowers will be able to move their faces with the sun from morning to sunset. We have a 2+acres slope with nothing but shrubs, flower streams and ponds …and have been waiting to decide what to plant in the last unfinished area – knowing we need flowers that are tall and love sunshine these would be the perfect choice!

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  78. Hollie Kent on

    I would plant them in my cut flower garden area of my garden. With the backdrop of my green house, pasture and the mountains of Utah.

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  79. Kathy Schramm on

    My husband has become a bit of a dahlia whisperer with dahlias from Swan Island in Oregon. Last year it was a new experience picking flowers over our heads. The neighbors stop by for bouquets and photographs. I would love to see what he could do with your beautiful sunflowers. We live In Galesburg, Illinois.

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  80. Joy B on

    We live at the end of a cul-de-sac in a small semi-rural neighborhood of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Our fence surrounds the cul-de-sac but the ground is currently covered in ivy. I envision removing the ivy and planting the sunflower seeds for all my lovely neighbors to enjoy when they are on their walks. I can’t wait for the smiles.

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  81. Victoria Simon on

    Thank you for introducing us to Steve! I missed out on purchasing any, but if I were to win……….I’d plant them in a new bed with Southern exposure (right outside my living room window). I’m in Lexington Michigan on 5 acres in the country.

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  82. Nicole on

    I would plant these in our little front yard. My parents and I live in a tiny house in the city and our space doesn’t have much room to grow many thing. In this area it would be nice to see them from the window and it would also be a nice treat for our neighbors and other pedestrians to see as they walk down our street.

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  83. Jan on

    In my yard, of course! Though my dear neighbor, Carolyn, would get some seeds, too. We love to share plants, seeds and humor. She always has a sunflower in her garden, and I agree with her-a garden is complete when there is a sunflower smiling there.

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  84. Robin Costic on

    I would plant these in my 1/2 acre meadow and hope to get them to self seed in future years.

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  85. Erin Brownell on

    Sunflowers are my absolute favorite flower…they just make any day brighter! I’ve only been growing flowers around my home in central Florida for the last year or so but have come to love cutting and arranging my own flowers. I will use an excuse to plant more sunflowers around my home where I can see them and enjoy them. I also am working on planting the barren field next to my 90-year old grandmothers home so that she can enjoy the beauty surrounding her. I would love the opportunity to grow more unique sunflowers!

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  86. Elizabeth on

    I’m in south Florida, and I would plant them against my fence! I’ve tried to grow a few things there (currently have linaria from Floret looking gorgeous there) but nothing has been quite tall enough to give the effect I want. I think sunflowers would be perfect!

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  87. Alexandra on

    We have a fence along the road where we’d love to plant sunflowers to bring a smile to everyone driving by. These sunflowers are incredible!

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  88. Kris Shields on

    I would love to grow these beautiful sunflowers in my home garden, and would enjoy their beauty everyday that I spend working in and walking through my space.

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  89. Emily Q on

    I would plant these by my front door in Emmett, ID. We’ve planted sunflowers somewhere in our yard since our first garden. We had some that grew twice the hight of our 6′ fence a couple years ago. I loved the interview. Keep up the great work!

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  90. Megan Hubbard on

    I would be so thrilled to plant these at our small farm in Castle Rock, WA!
    We live on the main highway that goes up to Mt St Helen’s and the Johnston Ridge Observatory and other visitor centers. These would be planted where every single person going to see the mountain would be able to see them and enjoy them as they drive by.
    I love sunflowers!! My Husband calls me Sunflower. 🌻

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  91. Monica Siegfred on

    What a lovely read!! I have half an acre in the city of Madison, WI, and late last summer I added some raised beds along the East side of the house to grow cut flowers in. I put sunflowers and cosmos in at the time, and they grew so tall and full that my bedroom window became a picture frame for all these flowers. Throughout the fall and early winter the little birds -mostly finches and chickadees – ate from the flowerheads, some of which were barely 12″ away from the window. I definitely plan to repeat the sunflowers in these beds, and Steve’s would look particularly glorious there!

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  92. Mimi on

    I have a very small garden. The fence between our and my neighbor is falling off. I like to plant the sunflowers there that we both can enjoy sunflower Steve’s flowers.

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  93. Meyers Lynn on

    Unbelievable colors Steve has going. I’m going to grow my first field of sunflowers in my big deer fenced back yard this year. This is the start of my third year on this new property with 10 acres, and it’s been a steep learning curve. Steve’s sunflowers would be great in the front row of the cutting garden! Thanks for showcasing this for us; way too cool!

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  94. Kate West on

    Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers! We moved to Utah a little over a year ago and we have a pioneer Chicken coup on our property with mountains in the background. I would love to plant sunflowers along the front of the building.

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  95. Annie S on

    These are absolutely stunning. My daughter passed away this February and she adored sunflowers, the outdoors, and our garden. I would plant these a special spot along the edge of our property for her.

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  96. Jennifer Vyvlecka on

    That was a great read! Thank you for that interview. Yellow is my favorite color, I would put those precious babies near my house so I could peek at them constantly! Farming here in South Texas, sunflowers thrive! I’d love to have a row of unusual sunflowers in my garden.

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  97. Brian on

    Beautiful! Our yard is already full of so many flowers and such different foliage, but we don’t have sunflowers at the moment. These would be a great addition to the large bed by our front porch!

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  98. Taryn on

    These are incredible!! We have a tall white fence that runs along one side of our backyard, and I always try to plant tall flowers there to soften the giant swath of white. These would be perfect there!

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  99. Karen Menhusen on

    I’m always game to try unique gardening opportunity’s in my little Kansas flowerbeds. I’m facing upcoming health challenges and gardening is an outlet to provide unusual color to my backyard!

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  100. Taryn on

    These sunflowers are INCREDIBLE! We have a tall white fence that runs along one side of our yard where I always plant taller flowers to hide the fence. These would be perfect there!

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  101. Tami Gasch on

    Thanks for the interview! I’m a Wisconsin girl, and a florist to boot! I’d love growing Steve’s sunflowers at my home to share with my customers. (And to enjoy myself!) Hope some day I can visit his farm!

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  102. Lynda Hardwick on

    Oh wow! I would love Sunflower Steve’s magical flowers growing on the hillside in our backyard here in Cottage Grove, Oregon. As I envision their placement, I imagine them dominating the fence line so all could admire them. Thank you Sunflower Steve and Floret for sharing your passion. I believe there is more beauty in this world because of people like you.

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  103. Tracy May on

    I recently moved to a small 3 acre property just outside of town. I am starting to realize how I can use the land for my own satisfaction and possibly earn some money in my retirement days. I’ve always had a goal of having cut flowers for my home, but now the possibilities are much larger. Your videos, books and workshops have given me the motivation and foundation to get started. Thank you.

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  104. Theresa Overcast on

    I live in rural Tennessee…so my front yard on top of the hill I live on! The sunflower has a special place in my heart! (I even share my seeds with a friend I graduated school with in 1973!)

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  105. Lori miller on

    I live in southern Minnesota. I am trying to be patient for the snow to melt and the temps to warm up so I can get back in my gardens. We recently moved to town. We are trying to turn our backyard into our retreat. I would love some of the seeds to plant for our enjoyment. The grandkids love our flowers so I know they also would get a lot of enjoyment out of the sunflowers.

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  106. Kelly on

    Wow! Thanks Steve for sharing! I’d love to grow them in Oklahoma but you are sold out. Beautiful flowers you have!

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  107. Alexandria on

    I would love to be able to plant some of the beautiful sunflowers in Northeastern WI.

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  108. Thea Snyder on

    I am trying to help my honey bees build super strong immune systems naturally to prevent colony collapse disorder. Very recent studies have shown sunflowers have what the bees need. These seeds would be a great life support system for my bees 🐝!

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  109. Leanne Knudsen on

    Steve’s story resonates with me. I’m currently trying to find a way to make money, and have studied horticulture but didn’t get to finish my degree yet due to personal circumstances. My heart is still set on finding a job that lets me engage with plants and flowers. I try to keep up with playing with plants when I can in the meantime, even when that means encouraging my dad to plant something new in our backyard. We have this sunny spot on the side of our house that I think would be a lovely spot for sunflowers. The bright colors would look brilliant next to the white paint of our home here in western Washington state. I’d definitely be thrilled to use them in home grown floral arrangements for our kitchen, and to gift them to our family and friends :)

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  110. Autumn on

    I live across from a small park in Reno that is popular with both birds and bird-watchers. I would plant them all in my front yard and let everyone, enjoy.

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  111. Michelle Lindsey on

    I will plant them in our old goat field! It is a perfect little fenced in rectangular yard. Amazing!

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  112. Beth Arnold on

    My friend lost her young adult daughter to a short, brutal bout with cancer. One of Laura’s favorite sayings came from Helen Keller: “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” Because of that, friends and family celebrate her memory by planting and handing out sunflowers at every opportunity. We would be honored to use your plants in our endeavors. Thank you for your consideration.

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  113. Betty on

    Beautiful sunflowers. Thank you for sharing Sunflower Steves story. I would love to plant his sunflowers in my front yard where I could share their beautiful blooms with my neighbors and friends. I live in Bellingham, Washington where sunflowers would thrive.

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  114. Peggy Boshart on

    These will be planted around our home and in our garden on top of a glacial drumlin in southeastern Wisconsin. Love these beautiful flowers!

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  115. Kimberly Johnson on

    Absolutely stunning sunflowers! I live in southwest Washington and would plant them around my pumpkin patch where I grow jack-o’- lantern and cinderella pumpkins. The colors would be amazing!

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  116. Kaori Becker on

    Thank you so much for letting us know and Steve and the amazing work he is doing with breeding sunflowers! I’d love to plant these special sunflowers in a garden bed in my front yard!

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  117. Toni on

    They are just so darn beautiful. I want to watch them grow!!

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  118. Kim Ackley on

    I’m an amateur gardener in Upstate NY just over the PA border. As soon as I can be certain of the last frost, you can find me somewhere on our property digging in the dirt. Gardening brings me great peace and joy! While reading your interview, I told my husband I’ve always wanted to have a cutting garden. I believe this will be the year I’ll give it a try….hopefully with some of your seeds!!! I would plant them in spots around our property not only us to enjoy but, also for visitors, and people driving by….it’s all about bringing a smile to someone’s day isn’t it??

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  119. Katie Garcia on

    These are stunning! I would love to be able to grow them in my new garden beds this year and share them with my friends and family.

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  120. Ann Smith on

    I am an avid gardener, both flower and vegetable. This season I am developing a series of cut flower beds, with seeds purchased from Floret. These gorgeous sunflowers would be a beautiful addition to my new beds. My grandkids love spending time with us during their summer break. They love foraging in the vegetable garden and pressing Granny’s flowers.

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  121. Katie Garcia on

    These are stunning! I would love to be able to grow them!

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  122. Carol on

    Spectacular sunflowers! I’d love to plant them in my Berkshire county backyard, near the edge of the New England woods, to share with neighbors and friends, foxes, possums, finches and all the wild things living with us.

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  123. Patty Familetto on

    I would love to plant some of Steve’s sunflowers in our back yard facing the open space in Superior Colorado. We lost our home, our garden and our entire neighborhood in the Marshall Wildfire. Our new home is due to be completed in June and I’m starting to dream about flowers in the garden again!

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  124. Candace Child Kelley on

    I grow a variety of sunflowers each summer in my cutting garden in Newbury, Massachusetts which is 35 miles north of Boston and very close to New Hampshire and Maine. My property abuts a growing vegetable garden that belongs to a local farm store. I share my sunflowers with friends and neighbors. It would be a “WOW” factor to include Steve’s sunflowers to my garden.

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  125. Sharman Handling on

    Sunflowers are…SUMMER!
    I’ve loved them since child hood. I’ve romped through 71 summers now and I’m still romping. I love my flowers..of all kinds, these would look so grand growing down my winding foot path, past my archway, and around my purple smoke tree!

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  126. Carole Bundy on

    Such amazing colors and beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing Steve’s story. I’d love to have sunflowers to plant along a split rail fence at our log cabin in the country. We usually plant zinnias there. Sunflowers would be a beautiful addition to the riot of colors from the zinnias. Our growing season in SC is long, so we would enjoy them well into the fall. (my daughter would go crazy, She has loved sunflower since she was a little girl)

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  127. Chelsea on

    These sunflowers made me gasp out loud. It would be a dream to plant these in my new garden of my first home.

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  128. Laurel Bush on

    I’ve been following Steve for over a year! I missed out on the seed sale today because I was driving a dog rescue transport run, so this is a wonderful second chance. I live in southeast Missouri, and I plant sunflowers so that we can see them from our kitchen window. They attract dozens of goldfinches ( a group of goldfinches is called a charm) and small children. Thank you Erin, for spreading the beauty of flowers.

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  129. Jessie Strength on

    These are beautiful and unique sunflowers! I would love to plant them in my garden in Flagstaff, Arizona which sits at 7,000ft and watch them bloom!

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  130. Sarah Polster on

    My husband and I have a small property (0.18 acres), but, have managed to fill the space with as much beauty as possible. We live on a corner lot and love how the flowers bring so much joy to people! We would LOVE to have some special sunflowers to display and share with other people in our Far Northern California home. You are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your gift with others. 💛

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  131. Sharada Gilkey on

    I love flowers and your sunflowers are absolutely gorgeous! I started Urban Wildflowers LLC last year to promote planting native flowers in urban areas to improve the environment and to improve the mental health of the public.

    I’ve had to keep the organization on a slow simmer however due to my involvement in local civic activities. But I fully intend to bring it back to a boil as soon as possible!

    I’ve shared your story on my Facebook page and look forward to hearing more about your fantastic adventure with sunflowers. Congratulations!

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  132. Jody on

    I live in the PNW southern Washington state. We have a small flower farm and our country road and long driveway have always been an area where we plant different varieties of flowers so that neighbors and visitors alike are able to see them and enjoy their beauty daily! We receive so many wonderful comments and words of encouragement in how they make them feel and smile when they drive past our field and home. I would LOVE to be able to incorporate some in these areas for everyone to enjoy!
    Would love to send pictures of their progress and final stage for Sunflower Steve to share as well!

    Jody

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  133. Carola Boado on

    thank you for this awesome interview!! the pictures are stunning.
    I’m so sad I finally got a chance to sit down and shop and the seeds are sold out already :(
    fingers crossed I can win a packet.

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  134. Anna on

    What an inspiring story about someone who gives it his best and God blesses the business venture! I was disappointed that the Van Gogh seeds were sold out a few minutes after being available today (4/1). I would love to plant them in any of my flowerbeds that can be seen from a window, here in Eastern Wisconsin 😃

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  135. Sabra on

    These are gorgeous! I would plant them in and around my neighborhood… A year into the pandemic, the house I rented in a well-loved area sold forcing my youngest children and I temporarily into the first affordable place I could find. A part of town I’d never have considered otherwise. Two years, hundreds of gunshots and some neighborhood SWAT raids later, I am unable to relocate because rent prices literally jumped hundreds of dollars overnight. I was inspired to plant a butterfly/hummingbird garden for my downstairs elderly neighbor to enjoy, but it became a source of happiness to 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 who walked by. Last summer I was given several zinnia plants which took off allowing me to sell flowers at a little local market gifting leftovers to neighbors. This spring I’m expanding and planting in the empty lot just out my side door. These sunflowers would look amazing there and bring so much joy to everyone.

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  136. Shane Runyon on

    These are going right in the corner of our yard that is also a school bus stop. The busses are running later and later and I’d like to give the parents and children who patiently wait a beautiful spot to do so.

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  137. Cynthia Allen on

    I have two areas in mind where I have empty space.:adjacent to a shed that has a small peony garden and privacy fence. They would be seen every time a car drives in. Other space on periphery of my potage garden. Also in clear sight where they will be admired near driveway.
    I have to say these sunflowers are jaw dropping beautiful.The first arrangement looks like a painting, incredible how the humble sunflower can be so elegant

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  138. Christine jimenez on

    For 4 years, my husband and I have worked hard to be debt free by fulltime rving. We finished paying debt and commissioned our tiny home to be made! It’s arriving in May to us in San Diego and I’d love to plant these gorgeous flowers in a feeder trough right outside our new home! Help a sista out.

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  139. Claudia on

    I really enjoyed reading about sunflower Steve & his love of sunflowers – so inspiring – thanks for sharing!

    We recently moved to a new home so I would plant these in our cut flower garden, by the meadow ♥️

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  140. Amy on

    Unusual! I would love them along our fence line. We live in town in Californias Central Valley and grow about 10-30′ rows of flowers each year for bouquets. They’d be a beautiful addition to our eclectic mix!

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  141. Kim Young on

    I missed the sale by minutes! I would grow Steve’s sunflowers on my little organic farm here in Northern California.

    Thanks for this fantastic article, Erin!

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  142. Lynice on

    Thank you for sharing! The sunflowers are beautiful! Who doesn’t love them- they bring such joy! Honestly I’m new to seed planting and I can’t wait to get started. I’d love to plant them in my yard! To share them with my neighbors, friends, and family once bloomed!

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  143. Monica on

    Beautiful sunflowers! I would love to grow some sunflowers in our orchard and along an edge of our in ground garden as a border. If there were enough seeds, I may even plant them in the shape of our brand in one of ‘work in progress’ flower beds.

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  144. Lindsay on

    I would love to put these in my garden and share a few seeds with my friends who also have gardens. Even a couple plants shared with friends would add a fun pop if color to everyone’s yard!

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  145. Anne James on

    My husband and I love to grow sunflowers in our small backyard garden. We like to try new seed varieties that we find in our local garden stores/seed exchanges. The neighborhood birds and squirrels eat the seeds throughout late summer and fall, so we often have volunteer sunflowers in our garden the following spring. We are always surprised where they turn up and how beautiful they are. We transplant them around the yard, take some to a school garden, and try to give them away to friends. Steve’s adventure with sunflowers really resonated with us , and we would love to plant some of his magnificent seeds in our garden where they would be enjoyed by our neighborhood.

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  146. Kaatea Melo on

    I would love to participate in the activities to promote seeding of special flowers and would love to start with your seeds. Thank you

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  147. Simone on

    We just bought our home last July have just over half an acre. We are starting with a blank slate and I can’t wait to get out there and start planting flowers. I’d love to have a huge section for just sunflowers!

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  148. Erin Grandstrand on

    Wow these are beautiful!! I would love to plant them in my backyard butterfly garden that I share with my neighbors.

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  149. Kaylynn Litersky on

    I live in an apartment and I have ‘taken over’ the little planting beds next to our door. I have a bunch of containers that I plant as well as planting in the ground between the spireas that are original to the beds. I planted some sunflowers there last year that actually got very tall and looked fantastic!

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  150. Jessika on

    I’m enchanted by these. I would plant them along the edges of our yard, and maybe a glorious few at little path to our front door, so that others can see and enjoy them as well. They’re so lovely

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  151. Samantha on

    This brings me back to childhood. We grew sunflowers every year growing up in Florida. It was the start of my journey with gardening. I would share these with my mom and plant them right where we always planted our sunflowers many years ago.

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  152. Samantha Keefer on

    This brings me back to my childhood. We grew sunflowers every year in Florida. It was the start of my long love of gardening. I would share these with my mom and plant them where we planted our sunflowers many years ago at my childhood home.

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  153. Eryn Smith on

    Thank you for sharing this interview with Sunflower Steve! I am so in love with these Van Gogh Fantasy Mix. So gorgeous! I would plant these in my sunflower patch on my small flower farm and I would love to include these beauties in my local flower CSA packages.

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  154. Anna on

    I have followed Steve for years and am glad to see he is attracting more attention with his gorgeous blooms. I would plant a row of these sunflowers along my fence line so folks in cars passing by could enjoy their beauty, and cut plenty of bouquets to share with friends as well.

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  155. Carol on

    Steve is an inspiration! That being curious and doing what you love could grow into something so much bigger! I would grow these in my city garden in Minneapolis and bring them into my salon to share their beauty.

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  156. Jessica Lunsford on

    I’ve seen Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in person; I was 12, and the painting filled me with the most immense joy! I’ve never seen sunflowers that beautiful (typically I’m a tulips and lilies kind of girl). I happened upon this interview, and Steve’s sunflowers are just ethereal and joyful, exactly like Van Gogh’s painting. Flowers that perfect don’t look like they could possibly be real!

    I have a 1710 colonial on a small farm in northwest Rhode Island. It was once of the largest apple orchards in the state. The house is red with a light blue door, and I envisioned planting rows and rows of Steve’s beautiful sunflowers in a patch close to the house so that the rich colors of the sunflowers perfectly complement the earthy colors of my house. It would be pure magic, just like Van Gogh’s painting.

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  157. Jenni Crouse on

    I would plant these amazing sunflowers on my front fence line for the whole county to enjoy in coastal Southport, NC! Praying for continued success for your seed company.

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  158. Judy Tirey on

    I’m so excited about trying these sunflowers in my garden. I’m a 74 year old master gardener who wishes I was 25 so I could flower farm. Thank you for this wonderful article.

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  159. Taylor on

    I would share these with my Nana who inspired me to garden.

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  160. Bonnie Hamid on

    Steve’s sunflowers are amazing!! I would plant the seeds in my flower plot at our community garden, and share the beauty with all my gardening friends!!

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  161. Sue on

    We will plant them in our sunflower garden near our bees. They love them as do so many other pollinators.

    Thanks for the interview. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

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  162. Debby on

    I am inspired by Steve’s commitment to creating beauty in the world. I would plant these cheery little sunbeams in my garden and share them with my neighbors.

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  163. Jessica Taylor on

    Wow, what an incredible read! Thank you for sharing. We recently started planting sunflower seeds around the border of our garden as a way to enjoy the plants while we work the veggie garden. And it’s fun to see the birds, bees, and sometimes a deer enjoy them too! I’ll always cut a few to bring them indoors but we really prefer to enjoy them all summer while in the garden. So gonna have to go see if I can score some of Steve’s seeds to enjoy and reflect on Steven’s passion! Thanks Floret!!!!

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  164. Gwenda Decneut on

    What a lovely interview. I would plant these in my front yard. I live in a new-ish neighborhood where most people do the bare minimum to take care of their gardens. I hope to inspire others to plant seeds and show that it just takes a little bit of attention for a whole lot of love.

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  165. Celia on

    Where wouldn’t I plant these beauties?! Our corner lot faces West toward gorgeous Gig Harbor and Puget Sound, so the back yard enjoys lots of sun all day. We inherited a great yard but it’s all shrubs; I’d plant Steve’s sunflowers along the side walls. We get a lot of birds and I think it’s important to nurture animals and provide for them. We’d get the benefit of seeing the flowers from the dining and kitchen while the birds get to pick some seed. Sounds like a win win to me!

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  166. Danielle Conner on

    I would LOVE planting these amazing flowers in my humble backyard garden. These flowers would make if feel so special.

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  167. Diane on

    I would love to plant these stunning sunflowers next to my birdbath and bird feeder. The birds will sure injoy them as much as I would.

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  168. Mindy Ganze on

    This interview touched my heart, so incredible! Thank you for putting this together for us to enjoy. I’m so excited for Steve and the dream he’s realizing. What a gift to the world! I would plant these seeds in my cutting garden and at my Moms house, because everyone needs some extra sunshine.

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  169. Alexis on

    That Lemon Drop mix looks incredible!! 😍 It will actually be my first time growing sunflowers as a cut flower this summer! They will be a dream for bouquets. I will grow them in my cutting garden here in SW WA Zone 8b!

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  170. Laura Wood on

    Wow Steve, these sunflowers are gorgeous. I moved from the city (Madison, WI) to six acres in the country and my goal is to bring in pollinators and more wildlife. I planted over 100 different sunflowers in a field and only six came up and bloomed. This year I will till the ground before planting to see if that makes a difference. I’m excited to build on my failures. There is a creamery in Fond du Lac, WI,Kelley Country Creamery, that plants a field of sunflowers every year, then sells the bouquets as a benefit to Badger Honor Flight.

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  171. Lynice on

    Thank you for sharing! Beautiful photos!! I would plant them in my backyard. The backdrop is beautiful and these would add such wonderful colors that my neighbor and I could enjoy!!

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  172. Mary Lenker on

    Steve’s sunflowers are stunning!!! If I had those seeds I would plant them in my front yard garden!! I enjoy gardening and people enjoy my garden!! Steve’s sunflowers would be enjoyed by many !!

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  173. Cordin Koch on

    I’d plant them in my new cut flower garden. We bought an old farmhouse in the country, and these would be the perfect addition!

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  174. Janie Carmichael on

    Steve, your sunflower blooms are so alive yet with a moody presence, each individually spectacular, but in arrangements for church, family, and friends would be breathtaking. I am a 76 year old Southern gardener who would plant your seeds in a large garden surrounded by an 8 ft. high fence to protect the plants from herds of white tail deer on our property. Thank you for your work and dedication.

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  175. Stacy Friedrich on

    I would plant them along out road side, so others can enjoy them with us. :)

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  176. Paula Clarkin on

    We lost a beautiful old oak tree during the recent storms in Northern California. While some of its branches have been cut, it lays on the ground, still exhibiting its majesty, yet now in a different way. I would plant the sunflowers all around it as a memorial to the long life it lived and the beauty and joy it gave to us.

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  177. Kimberly Dykman on

    I would grow them in my front yard. That way I could share the beauty with the birds and neighbors!

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  178. peter courchene on

    Incredible displays, would hope to replicate here in Massachusetts!

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  179. Lisa Jay on

    I love that all this beauty came from Steve noticing that first flower that was naturally hybridized! What an amazing journey! Would love to experience their beauty in my garden and share with our community!

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  180. Mindy Northrop on

    I’d plant them in The Field of Dreams, of course.
    What a great interview and GORGEOUS arrangement photography.

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  181. Leslie DiCarlo on

    Sunflowers are my mother’s favorite flower. She turns 90 at the end of June and she is still working with me daily at our bed & breakfast in Saratoga Springs New York. I would love to plant one of our raised beds with Steve’s beautiful sunflowers in honor of her 90th birthday!

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  182. DeeDee Jones on

    These are absolutely gorgeous flowers. I would plant Steve’s sunflowers on two empty inner city lots that we recently purchased to bring hope and joy to the neighborhood!

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  183. Anita on

    I’ve always been a fan of sunflowers being raised in the Sunflower state of Kansas!!!
    Steve’s flowers are absolutely amazing!!
    I would want to plant a large grouping by the entrance to my driveway, a lovely welcome to anyone who stops by::)))

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  184. Kara on

    I would plant them near my greenhouse we built last year. It’s has a huge barn quilt painting on the side of a sunflower!

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  185. Kate Bacon on

    Steve your sunflowers are like nothing I’ve ever seen before! Beautiful. I have a Betsy Ross flag mural that covers the side of my shed. My daughters painted it for me and around it are all of my children and grandchildren’s handprints. There is an old Schwinn bike that sits near it . I would love to plant your sunflowers around it, it would be the perfect compliment to the space!

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  186. Kate Rozelle on

    I’d love to plant a swath of sunflowers in a newly cleared section of our property! It would be great to look out the window & see then!!

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  187. Joanie Buettgen on

    I have a south facing garden in Wisconsin. It’s terraced. I’ve tried many different flowers. No luck! I’d love to try your seeds. 🌻

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  188. Crystal H on

    I am underway working on my flower garden which is a smile from my heart and it would be a delight to see these beauties among the other flowers as the golden sunsets dip behind them for a gorgeous sight to behold from my bay window and for my community to smile and enjoy as they go by.

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  189. Meranda on

    I would plant them in my front yard landscape for people passing by and in my backyard landscape to enjoy at from my new patio drinking coffee! Actually I never sit and enjoy my coffee but one can dream 🤣

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  190. Debbie Raggio on

    Steve’s is sunflowers are beautiful. A plus for any garden I would plant them on the side of my house, full sun,next to the street. I think neighbors and passerbys would enjoy them as much as I will! Thanks for sharing your story Steve!

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  191. Trish on

    Here in the midwest native sunflowers grow everywhere on their own, even in my garden (I didn’t plant them!) I would love to see if cultivated sunflowers would grow as well in my garden, in my borders, in my yard, in my empty spaces…..anywhere and everywhere wild ones grow!

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  192. Anita Concilio on

    I would plant these flowers in our new “paddock” garden in Vermont. Our 2 beautiful horses died at the ages of 30 – one in 2018 and the other in 2019. We weren’t sure what to do with this new space. It didn’t seem right to leave it empty, so when the pandemic hit, we decided to invest our time in planting new gardens in the former horse paddock. Our sunflowers and pumpkins flourished last year, so we are looking forward to expanding the “paddock” garden here at Angel’s Rest Farm this year. We cherished our mares, Rosie and Revel who over their lifetimes, contributed to the fertile ground that is alive with the beauty of new small crops and flowers.

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  193. Brian England on

    We would love to plant Steve’s Sunflowers in a bed adjacent to the zinnias. Our garden in the mountains of North Carolina has beds planted with annual flower, perennial flowers, herbs, vegetables, fruit bushes and fruit trees. From the spot where Steve’s flowers would be planted the backdrop would be the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Pisgah.

    Thank you for introducing me to Steve’s Sunflower. What an inspirational story.

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  194. Jen R on

    I would plant these sunflowers in the cut flower beds by the Children’s Garden, where students come to learn about food, farming, and flowers.

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  195. Beckie on

    I would plant in central PA!

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  196. Eric Allan on

    My wife and I have cultivated our garden over the past 5 years to include so many items we love, and last year we started giving some bouquets to family/friends. This year we plan to test out selling small quantities for the first time. We love having company over to wander our gardens, and would love to showcase these incredible sunflowers as well!

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  197. Dana Bergman on

    I would plant Steve’s magical sunflower seeds right behind my new row of peonies, so I have something extraordinary to look at for the summer. The peonies have the front row and would be finished blooming by the time the sunflowers steal the show. I’m in a small town in Cameron, NC. I am sure all of the ladies in the flower group would love to see them as well.

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  198. Carrie Throckmorton on

    I would plant in my bed outside of our huge picture window where I could see our kids playing around the beautiful blooms. Love this journey and beautiful outcomes of it, thank you for sharing!

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  199. Chandra McLaughlin on

    I have two spots in my Denver Colorado garden, one on the south side of the house and one in the bed next to my veggies where they would get good sun and I can see them through my kitchen door. 😃🌻💛

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  200. Marcaret on

    I live on the bluff near Penn Cove facing Camano island. The sunset rise on our non-cloudy day are spectacular. I have a point where dahlias live in the summer, with spring & summer sunrises lighting up their petals. I know these gorgeous sunflowers would also look stunning flanked by the sunrise too.

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  201. VJ on

    I would plant these beautiful sunflowers in my new cut flower garden. Then I can see them everyday when I walk past them on the way to the barn.

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  202. Ariel McGowan on

    These sunflowers are gorgeous! I would plant them in my tiny flower garden where my children and I could enjoy them every day!

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  203. Petra on

    Your sunflowers, Steve, are about to become the hit no. 1 for the next few seasons! And rightly so, they are absolutely stunning. I would love to plant some on my front yard garden in Portland, OR suburbs to tell everyone interested in the story behind them.

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  204. Alyssa on

    His sunflowers are just stunning!! Last year I was thinking about how amazing it would be to discover/create a new plant variety as a legacy of some sort and it’s so amazing to read about people who have actually done it! I hope to grow his flowers someday. I would definitely want to plant them where I could see them from a window.

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  205. Jenny Quaglino on

    I’d plant these beauties next to my driveway to see them everyday!

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  206. Nichole Heinlein on

    I would gather a group of friends and their children to plant them at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, DC in support of those incredibly brave people. Steve’s beautiful flowers could symbolize hope of the freedom they seek. Their national flower is the SUNFLOWER!

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  207. Erin on

    My mom grew sunflowers and had a beautiful strain of her own that she grew years ago. She was known in the neighborhood as Sunflower Sally! My mom passed over 30 years ago. Today, I grow flowers to make beautiful market bouquets for aging neighbors, those who live in our local memory care facility, and those who no longer live in a home. My mom’s legacy of growing flowers lives on with me. Flowers always bring a smile to everyone’s faces, and it’s a wonderful way to connect with each other! I’d love to share these smiling beauties – Steve’s sunflowers – with the people I share my bouquets with.

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  208. Roxann Hadley on

    Greetings from Paris, Texas,
    Thank you for the inspiring interview and for collaborating with so many people who – like you – inspire and invite us all to do better. If I win, I will plant them all throughout our yard as we live on a corner lot. That way, all our neighbors can enjoy them with us.
    All the love,
    Roxann

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  209. Allyson on

    I love these sunnies!!!! Beautiful flowers and beautiful story. One day soon these flowers will grace the fields of my farm in Southeastern Ohio 🌻

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  210. Nancy Harris on

    When my 4 children were young we planted an acre of our farm in sunflowers every year. Each year as the kids grew we had beautiful documentation of their height amongst the flowers. They are all grown now but I would plant the sunflowers in our field and start our tradition again with my grandchildren.

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  211. Peri on

    Love Steve’s passion and his relentless pursuit! Thank you for sharing his story. You both bring so much beauty to the world. Looking forward to 2023 growing season!

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  212. Dee Dee Acquisto on

    Wow…..so beautiful! I would plant them all over my 3 acres!!!

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  213. Jennifer on

    I would be planting them in my backyard cut flower garden that I have been using to learn all I can about growing flowers so I can start a flower farm for my family to grow with. I am also a huge fan of Sunflower Steve and so happy he is sharing his seeds !! I have 6 children and have gone through the Floret Workshop which has been such a blessing even now a year later! Thank you Erin , Jill, and Chris for inspiring me helping me find my passion and purpose.

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  214. Preethy on

    I would be planting them in my small home garden. I am grateful for Floret and Sunflower Steve for working hard to make the world have more and more beauty. I would love to give away the fabulous flowers as part of the growing kindness project.

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  215. Loretta Stamps on

    Love,Love the paths each of you took with a leap of faith to follow. Due to tornados on December 2021 my granddaughters yard was destroyed. Their house had minor damage but received far less home damage than others. New fence and lawn has been restored but their trees, flowers and shrubs have yet to be. I would be so excited to plant some of Steve’s sunshine (Sunflowers) for them. It takes a good while to restore a mature yard. So, in the meantime some of Steve’s Sunflowers would definitely be a boost to the morale and sunshine for the soul. Our community here in Bowling Green Ky have really come together for each other. So I hope you will join them by sending some spectacular sunflowers to cheer on all the great work that has been going on in the community. Grandma is an avid gardener. I would sow and care for them if given the chance. They would appreciate it so much. Thanks for making this opportunity available to 4 lucky Gardners. BTW, we follow both of you and enjoy your journey. Thanks so much!

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  216. Mandy Randleman on

    My 12 year old daughter has a passion for gardens and flowers. My husband farms rice in the northeast corner of Arkansas. We are in the process of putting up a high tunnel green house for my daughter to start her gardening dream. We have also taken part in a soil conservation program and have dedicated 5 acres of our ground to plant wildflowers on to help the butterfly habitat. We have about 2 acres that my husband wants to set aside for her to grow sunflowers, zinnias, and dahlias on. She is so excited to start this process and has done a ton of research. I hope her passion continues to grow and that every year her dream gets bigger. She would love to plant these flowers in her greenhouse and on the 2 acres.

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  217. Bernie Butler on

    Just east of Yellowstone National Park in Cody, WY at the base of Carter Mountain sits my flower farm. Sunflowers are my main flower, along with zinnias and cosmos What started as a surprise from my husband in our 4500 square foot garden when he planted 2 -30 foot rows of sunflowers for me. Each year I added more sunflowers, plus the volunteers, along with a variety of other flowers. I started giving flowers away and the request from friends grew into a flower farm business. I would be delighted to add some of Steve’s amazing sunflowers to my farm, I love learning about flowers and have enjoyed the books from Floret Flower.

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  218. Debra Whitesel on

    I admire both Floret and Sunflower Steve and their passion for making the world a more beautiful place!
    In the Fall we prepared three long rows next to our small orchard with the intention of planting some kind of flowers. I’d like to make my corner of the world a more beautiful place by planting Sunflower Steve’s specialty Sunflowers.
    All the pollinators would be happy, as well as our grandchildren; they would love having a new variety of flowers to add to their giving bouquets, and my mother with dementia would immensely enjoy the beauty! And I would be honored and blessed to plant and nurture Steve’s sunflower seeds!

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  219. Amanda Lovell on

    I love bespoke and unusual flowers. Unique petals and form that remind you of endless possibilities. My little green space is a haven that reconnects me to what matters. I would treasure the honor of these labor of love. 🌻

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  220. Lynn Paron on

    I would love to plant these gorgeous sunflowers in my garden down here in New Glarus, WI. They would look amazing in front of our big red barn, catching the sun all day long!

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  221. Katrina on

    Wow! These sunflowers are absolutely stunning! I also love the creative murals- how fun! I already have a few packets of sunflower seeds that I will plant in May. I would love to add some of Steve’s unique sunflowers to the mix! I plan to plant some sunflowers in my front yard (so the people driving by can enjoy their beauty), as well as along a fence line in the backyard. Sunflowers have always brought me happiness :)

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  222. Becca Osborne on

    Oh, my. These sunflowers are gorgeous. The question is where would I NOT want to plant them ?
    My five sons would just love to watch these beauties grow.

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  223. Megan on

    We’ve had one of the rainiest and snowiest winter seasons the Santa Cruz mountains have seen in decades. My community has lost a massive amount of trees which changed our landscape and left holes in our hearts. I would love to plant these magical sunflowers to brighten up the spaces this past winter has created and bring sun back to the mountains!

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  224. Katie Hughes on

    I love that Steve wants to leave a legacy of beauty, what a wonderful thing to think about and follow through with! I would love to plant these beauties along the edges of my raised bed veggie gardens that sit in a small courtyard of homes at the camp where we live.

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  225. susie marglin on

    The fields of Turkey are full of beautiful sunflowers for oil production. Trader Joe’s has the best price for a bunch of wide faced sunflowers that people buy because they are a flower that makes you smile and believe that happy places are still in existence. Every time I see sunflowers in a field or in a vase I look twice. I arrange flowers for the Events committee of my Botanical Garden and always looking for a new “color spot and shape” that would keep the viewer staying longer to look. I would certainly try these sunflowers for my arrangements.
    Cheers,
    Susie Marglin

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  226. Melissa on

    We are just getting ready to move onto a new parcel of land. Our home faces southwest and I want to plant them down the hill so I look out to see all their faces pointing east! Lovely!

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  227. Michelle on

    these are some of the most beautiful sunflowers I have ever seen, those who win a packet they will be the luckiest people ever. I can think of so many spots to plant them, outside any window just to see their smiling faces every time you look out, or along the roadside so everyone who drove by could have a look and see these beauties. I live in Ontario, Canada, so for those who win congrats and enjoy.

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  228. Cindy on

    Sadly, I live in a condo… but I have the entire back of it in which to plant. I ordered Floret seeds this year and they just sprouted. I will plant them back there for cutting beauty all summer. If I won some treasured sunflower seeds, they would join Floret and grow happily ever after.

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  229. Michelle Carson on

    I just started working at a senior living community in the resident engagement department. We just revitalized the “Green Thumb Garden Club“ and I would love to plant Steve’s seeds with my residents. There’s a beautiful sitting area out front with benches and the sunflowers would look so great there!

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  230. Roxanne Bohman on

    Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!
    I am redesigning a garden on my family’s 100 year farm.
    The sunflowers would be lovely among the old farm equipment we use as decorations in the garden.
    The sunflowers would be the first thing people would see as they drive up to the house.
    Nothing says farm, than a beautiful sunflower!

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  231. Ellie Kuzinski on

    These flowers are so beautiful and, best of all, they make me smile. I would love to have them in our little backyard along the white fence near the koi pond so family, friends & neighbors would smile, too. Oh, and I love to take pictures also. Thank you.

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  232. Stephanie Waltz on

    I would love to plant these along the garden fence, near our chicken coop. Sunflowers of all shapes and sizes are my favorite. We used them in our wedding and my family and friends definitely think of me when they think of sunflowers.

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  233. Rosie on

    We have native sunflowers that pop up in our 1/2 acre back pasture… they are the type that get big lateral branches and lots of tiny heads. The soil was scraped bare when we moved in 8 yrs ago and we’ve been slowly trying to build it up. I would love to plant these beauties to add more variety!

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  234. Cathy on

    I would give them to my Daughter-in-law to plant at her farm and home. She loves sunflowers!!

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  235. Laura Flanders on

    I’d love to grow your sunflowers. And since they are my daughter’s favorite, I’d grow them in the garden we’ve started together in her new backyard. She’s due with her firstborn (a girl) in May. It would be such a delight to grow these beautiful vay you are making availability at a time her new baby is arriving.

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  236. Jean Stringfellow on

    These flowers would look amazing planted along my new fence that is lonely for something to smile about.

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  237. Teresa Karr on

    These flowers are stunning! Sunflowers are some of my all time favorites. We would adore some of these unique varieties in our gardens, which lay alongside a field behind our house (a parsonage) and church. The quintessential “little white country church” that’s plopped down near the city’s downtown, sunflowers around the church & property would be the picture of whimsical and welcoming beauty. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos!

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  238. Doreena Chase on

    Honestly, I wasn’t sure I was interested, but so glad I clicked. This interview brought tears to my eyes. (I’ll admit, so did the first season of Growing Floret.) I believe my emotions are brought on by knowing of the years of passion in growers like yourselves to give the world something beautiful. Us gardeners are truly thankful for those of you out there!
    I live on a quarter acre in Connecticut. I have small garden areas all around the property. Last year, we opened up an area in the backyard for a new garden shed which now gets full sun, so of course, that means more little gardens. I can envision the entrance to the shed being flanked by Steve’s extraordinary sunflowers!

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  239. Kelly Tsutsui on

    I would love to plant them next to our barn! There beautiful colors would break up the expansive side and could be seen from anywhere on the property! I love Steve’s story of becoming a flower farmer, very inspiring!

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  240. Pete Fredrick on

    I have a small cut flower garden that I sell 20-30 bouquets weekly. I use sunflowers in most of my summer bouquets and this would bring me joy to plant them in my field.

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  241. Kristina on

    I would love to win these beautiful and unique sunflowers! I would plant them in our large backyard flower field, where they could also be seen and enjoyed from inside our home.

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  242. Cindi Elbrecht on

    I would plant them a long my back fence next to the black eye Susans and zinnias. The past few years my husband’s health has declined which requires a lot of care. So for sanity sake I planted a few seeds and they grew! Gives me something to smile about!

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  243. Carly on

    I would plant them in the cutting garden my mom and I started a couple years ago! They are so beautiful!

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  244. Jill Ruskamp on

    I would plant them in my cut flower garden which lies just outside of my “tank garden” which is a raised bed garden from old cattle tanks. These flowers are amazing!

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  245. Gloria Sizemore on

    I would love to grow these different varieties is sunflowers, I’m trying to put flowers in my front yard. It’s more visible to neighbors so they can enjoy them .

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  246. Mary Carrigan on

    I have a long narrow backyard in the city. One side is annuals and one side is perennials. I have always just interspersed sunflowers in corners and random spaces on both sides.
    I would plant Steve’s in those places.
    They will peek over the fence and greet the neighbors.

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  247. Cynthia Cronkhite on

    I created a rose garden in my back yard last summer and am looking for other flowers to mix in so that I have a vibrant cutting garden. These amazing sunflowers would be a perfect addition!

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  248. Karin on

    I work at a Museum and would plant them in our Meadow. Thank you for always introducing other wonderful people. Thank you for all you do!

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  249. Terri Russick on

    I have two raised beds at a community garden at a local church and I have small areas in the backyard and I would love to plant some of thoes beauties. Each summer I plant a handful of different varieties of flowers and filler and cram as many in my spaces as possible. All summer and into the fall I harvest and make small bouquets out of them then give them away. Most of them go to Meals on Wheels drivers (ready logistics) and they deliver each one, others go to senior living facilities. I would love to add sunflowers!

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  250. Kayla Malsom on

    I am just getting started in the cut flower world. I had really bad PPD with my first born and I’m due in May with my second. Flowers bring me so much joy that I wanted to start growing them to spread and share that joy with others! Would love to plant some of these stunning sunflowers.

    Also, thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge with us! It has been so helpful just getting started and has given me so much confidence to get started.

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  251. Megan Clinch on

    We would love to start planting these varieties all around our garden shed, & along the borders of the driveway leading to the meadow out back. The boys & I are also working on a “ditch meadow” along the front border, where it’s too steep to mow & the power transformer is an eyesore.

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  252. E on

    I have a flower bed in front of my townhome in which I purposely plant bee- and butterfly-attracting flowers. I’d love to add sunflowers to it, and if I received more seeds than I can use, I’d share with friends who have sunny flower beds/gardens.

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  253. Diane on

    I have a small city lot, but love to share my garden with others. I love trying new and unique flowers in my garden. I also want to surprise my brother Steve :) who grew his first sunflower last year (just one) but was so thrilled with it! Love the interview and so excited for Steve!

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  254. Carolyn Wilson on

    I would plant them along the fence by my elderly neighbor. It gets the most sun and she loves flowers and can’t garden anymore so I try to plant things over by her that she can enjoy without having to walk far.

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  255. Laurie Worthy on

    I am currently living on property that is being developed for an intentional inter generational community. We have a small market garden that we are using for purposeful dinners creating deeper connections with each other and are now growing flowers to add to the beauty as well as edible garnish. As beauty is one of the nourishing elements in deeper connections, these flowers grown with such care and love would only enhance the experiences we are cultivating.

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  256. Dede Ledford on

    I will plant these incredible beauties in between my Hornbeam, Carpinus Betula fastigata, trained in two curves an upper and lower, which forms a fence between my garden and the vineyard.

    Also along the back of my cutting garden by my new greenhouse !

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  257. Katie on

    I am creating a new area in my little garden exactly for sunflowers! I haven’t chosen the variety/varieties I want yet but these would be perfect! Thank you Erin, for always posting such beautifully written and inspiring posts on the blog!

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  258. Sabrina on

    Along my fence line! The only spot left in my suburban backyard that I’ve filled with flowerbeds!

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  259. Erin on

    My son loves sunflowers, so we plant them along with a huge vegetable garden every year. These are so beautiful!

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  260. Terry Ortiz on

    I would grow them in my front yard to share them with my whole neighborhood! I’ve had a backyard garden for 3 years since we moved into our home. The kids were so young that having a backyard garden felt safer. Now that they are old enough to stay out of the road I’d love to add sunflowers in front to brighten up the whole neighborhood! I think our world needs more front yard gardens so we can share some beauty with anyone who happens upon our little place.

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  261. Autumn Salter on

    The impact your having on the world is explosive, you even inspired Sunflower Steve who will now be making the world a more beautiful place by sharing his seeds with us. This is my second year flower farming and I am delighted to be growing and continuously learning. What a gift to be able to share these lovely blooms. If I had Steve’s sunflowers, they would be planted in front of our grey barn here in Brooklyn MI, photographed and then cut to be shared with my community

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  262. Lynn on

    I’m just a beginner but I would love to grow some of Steve’s Sunflowers here in Kansas, the sunflower state.

    I have always loved Vincent Van Gogh and his paintings. Please sell the photographs of your sunflower arrangements!! I would love to buy them. Thank you!

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  263. Deb Paulzine on

    Would love some of your Sunflowers. I have a huge garden that everyone in the neighborhood can see. Sunflowers are the next best thing to a smile. In the wintertime we have a huge walk-through Christmas display where we collect for our local foodshelf. So summer I decorate with flowers.

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  264. Elizabeth on

    Along my fence so everyone could see their beauty

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  265. Ally on

    I would grow them in my garden

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  266. Sheree Hughes-Irwin on

    I like to plant my sunflowers on our property near our old dairy barn. They love the sunshine and the soil. Makes for a great photo op! Our barn was built in 1933 and was home to Weiser, Idaho’s Sunnyside Dairy which bottled and delivered milk to the community.

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  267. Shannon on

    Absolutely beautiful! I love sunflowers and these are so unique!

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  268. Lauren on

    Sunflowers are the one wild flower that is still going strong in Texas around my birthday, so they have always had a dear place in my heart. I have a dream of starting a flower farms in countries (such as Turkey) for those who have experienced such deep loss from natural disasters. If I received these seeds, I would probably start in my own garden but then begin the plans for an international one.

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  269. Maryrose on

    I have a small vegetable and cut flower garden in my yard. Which is one of my favorite places to be! I always share my produce and flowers with family and friends.

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  270. Heather on

    I’m starting a new garden bed.. in a fenced area to keep my friendly deer away. I’d love to be a able to edge one side of it with Steve’s beautiful sunflowers!

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  271. Caryn on

    A friend of my daughter shared this story with me and it touched my heart as a Godwink of sorts. My daughter loved sunflowers and chose them for her bridal bouquet. Tragically, just nine months after her wedding, we lost her to cancer. It seems quite the coincidence that Steve felt his nudge from God to plant his sunflower seeds that same year, 2016.
    Since my daughter’s passing, her friends and family have chosen sunflowers to brighten their days and to share with others in her memory. I would be grateful to include Steve’s breathtaking sunflowers in the butterfly garden I am planting this spring at our lake house in Wisconsin and in our gardens at home. Steve’s sunflower varieties are spectacular
    and the love and patience that helped spur their development makes them even more so.

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  272. Ann Everett on

    Planting a sunflower seed in a Dixie cup for my Mom in my 1958 Kindergarten class began my fondness for these beauties. My Mom so often “showed off “ her Mother’s Day gift to the many passersby as we lived next to an elementary school & church. Later in life I grew to be a tall woman who was compared to a sunflower 🌻 Thus a variety of sunflowers have bloomed in our garden & now in our adult children’s gardens. I would appreciate these seeds & like to plant them so my dear friend & neighbor can enjoy them in her dwindling days. Thank you for promoting “sunnies” & offering these seeds to us.

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  273. Patti Thomas on

    These are absolutely gorgeous and I have many places I would love to plant your seeds. Thank you for sharing, looking forward to the day when we all can buy them.

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  274. Georgina on

    I’ve always loved sunflowers and these are just magical! I’ve never seen sunflowers like these and would love to grow some in my little pollinator garden in Lutz Florida. Thank you for sharing Sunflower Steve’s story.

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  275. John F McMillen on

    I have a mini flower farm and sell bouquets to benefit a church college scholarship fund and also for the Discovery Shop which benefits the American Cancer Society. These sunflowers would surely be a wow factor!

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  276. Elisabeth Bond on

    Our small rural island has a non-profit farm co-operative that was set up to support primarily women-run farms and youth getting access to arable land. We have been gifted a plot of land where we can grow more crops. This year we will only have enough resources to fence and irrigate a small portion of the area. The only stipulation of the land owner was that she would like to some beautiful flowers from her window and especially those that will feed birds and bees. We had an idea of growing somewhat of a 3 sisters blend of corn, pumpkin and beans all backed by sunflowers. This would be beautiful and the extra food grown would go to the new seniors ready-made meal program launching in the summer. Any extra produce or plant matter will help feed the 12 pigs the co-op members are raising in another field next door.

    We would be so proud to grow these beautiful sunflowers in our field so thanks for the opportunity. The field is in a very visible place, right on a corner lot where most people walking or driving by can see. It is also adjacent to the People’s Apothecary Garden which is a volunteer run medicinal and edible herb garden developed by and for the community.

    While our farm coop is located in Canada in the Southern Gulf Islands, we have a friend and seasonal island resident from the USA who would be willing to receive seeds on our behalf.

    Thank you for considering us.
    Thetis Island Farm Co-operative
    http://www.habitatfarm.ca

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  277. Ashley on

    These are all beautiful! It has me rethinking the acres of land we own and how we could plant fields of flowers!!

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  278. Brie Murphy on

    I wish!!! I would love to plant them in my mother in laws garden and totally suprise her. I could have asked for a better mother in law.

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  279. Clarice on

    I’d plant in my 10b garden to absorb all the sunshine it could.
    Thank you.

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  280. Mary Taylor on

    Love the interview and the FLOWERS! I’m on my second year of flower gardening and actually working part of our land with wild grasses and flowers too. Last I had success with a small section of sunflowers. I’m adding to that section and it would be awesome to add those to the mix!

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  281. Martha Boswell on

    These are ridiculously gorgeous! I am excited to get my hands on some and plant them in my garden at the Lake of the Ozarks inside a fenced area because the deer eat literally everything! I am super excited for Steve’s future! That is how to make lemonade out of lemons for sure.

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  282. Jan Sutter on

    I love sunflowers, I try to grow all different colors and enjoy what blooms. I’ll have a new area this year when we take down an old shed. Can’t wait! Would really like to try Steve’s seeds.

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  283. Patti K on

    Your flowers are beautiful and striking. Isn’t it crazy the way life leads us down a path we never imagined. And the path turns out to be better than we ever could imagine?!

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  284. Susan on

    Beautiful sunflowers! I’m looking forward to ordering from Steve.

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  285. Linda Hovgaard on

    Oh the photo you posted of Steve’s Sunflowers looks amazing! I also think his falcon is one of the most beautiful birds I’ve ever seen! I’m so glad he reached out to you and that you are reaching out to us about his sunflowers! I’ve been growing a sunflower patch for years. This year I moved my potato patch to another location and have lots of room to plant sunflowers in the corner of my yard. I am especially excited about the sunflower garden this year because my two sister-in-laws surprised me with a giant metal sunflower yard sculpture that a friend of theirs made. The metal stem is about 7′ tall (part of the stem goes into the ground) and the sunflower on top is another 2′ so it’s a total of 9′ tall. There are metal leaves on the sides and the middle of the sunflower is a corn husker. It is so cool! That metal sunflower is going right in the middle of my sunflower patch front and center! I would absolutely love to surround it with some of Steve’s beautiful sunflowers! Thank you for all the wonderful posts and flower fun!

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  286. Ann Hoffman on

    In my magical south of the city garden I am excited about the possibility of being able to look out at these towers of optimism. New to gardening due to the destruction of trees that took a densely dark area into a bright sunny patch, I am forever in search of new sun loving flowers. While not a pro I am an enthusiast. The pandemic made me appreciate brown earth, green leaves and blue sky. Sunflowers are a smile amidst it all.

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  287. Jenn on

    Last year we changed the size of our chicken run because the hill we had put it on was being slowly pulled apart by our chickens. So we cut it to half the size and it still has plenty of room for our 7 girls to run. But now we have a clear of weeds and vine, (little bit rocky), fresh slate hill to cover.
    Since our girl like to eat sunflower seeds, I thought it would be great to line the back edge (which is also the bottom of the hill) of the length of the run with sunflowers. Close to the girl’s incase seeds fall from the goldfinch having at them, but also a way to beautify the hill and edge of the coop till the seeds are ready to harvest. I’d love to put some of these pretty sunflowers either in the mix or maybe along the sides of the run to prevent to much cross pollination. But either way, it would be awesome to have something a little different to add to the chickens home and my space. CHEERS!

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  288. Kayla on

    Steve’s sunflowers are beautiful! I would love to plant some in my yard, where they could be enjoyed by my family and passersby alike!

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  289. Nancy on

    I will plant them in my flower garden in memory of my dear cousin who passed away suddenly last month. I named my flower garden after her when she helped me create it a few years ago. She hauled flowers from her garden a state away, used a pick ax to remove the grass, dug and amended the soil and the following year we were blessed with a beautiful flower garden!

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  290. Gaye Alverson on

    I’m building a memorial garden in honor of my parents & father-in-law. These would be amazing to plant as part of my garden in their memories. Mr. Kaufer, thank you for noticing & believing in the “oddities” of our world.

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  291. Charlotte Stephens on

    How beautiful! Sunflowers have such personality and I would love to add these beauties to my flower garden!! I would look forward to picking bouquets of them for my family and friends!

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  292. Meg on

    Just beautiful sunflowers. I’ve been planting sunflowers in my vegetable garden for years. When my kids were little I grew a sunflower house for them. This year I am planning on planting them all along the south and west side of my garden. I grow flowers around my vegetable beds. I love to make bouquets for church and to share with people.

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  293. Jennifer on

    My answer is: I would plant them EVERYWHERE!!! So beautiful. My garden is on the beautiful West Coast of Canada – and I’d bring some seeds to my family’s home in lakeland Ontario.

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  294. Jennifer on

    I just turned the ground for my new cutting flower garden. I’m trying zinnias and dahlias this year! By following your seed sowing videos–my little dahlia seeds (from my book order) have sprouted and hope to be planted in the next couple of weeks! I have beds of daffodils that I started during the pandemic with 1000 bulbs I ordered, and they are great and easy so I’m building my confidence and would love to try sunflowers too!

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  295. Tiffany Eastley on

    Just gorgeous! I would love to plant them up against my wood fence for full impact! I would also like to plant some in my 2 large cement pots at the bottom of my deck stairs. That way as they grow, I will be able to see them while sitting on my elevated deck. So lovely!!

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  296. Elizabeth Perkins on

    These phots are gorgeous! This is my very 1st year of a cut flower garden, I am encouraged that Steve did not know what he was doing at first….because that is me. My thought process is just to try – that is what we tell our kids, right? I am just trying. I would have to rework my plan for my garden for these seeds…I will order regardless of winning – they are stunning! Well Done! – Elizabeth

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  297. Michele G. on

    Although I am not always successful : ), I adore growing sunflowers from seed. To watch the strong stalk form and grow, then see the flower emerge, and finally the seeds which are adored by wild animals, birds, and insects alike in our back yard is amazing. The strength and beauty of sunflowers have always brought me hope and joy. I have passed this love onto my twin 9 year old boys, so together we plant a small sunflower garden every year. This year we are adding them to a raised flower bed, while also growing them again in a space we know they love. The colors in your flowers are stunning and we’d love to be part of your inspiring story! Thank you for sharing them with us!

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  298. Rachel H on

    I have always dreamed of having a cut flower garden. My husband and I bought our first house in November. While the yard is small, this Spring I have been working on creating this dream. Your blogs are such a great inspiration!

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  299. Tricia Zeitler on

    I live in the lower Hudson Valley & work full time in NJ. After long work days, my garden is where I find solace. Every year I’ve gotten more enthusiastic about planting seeds. This year I’m breaking out into sunflowers for the first time. I just can’t believe the variety you can get by planting your own seeds! So excited about this year in the garden 🌻

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  300. Sarah on

    We always are referred to as the “sunflower house” on our busy little city corner of a historic residential district. People love the warm welcome as they walk into town or drive by. I would love to see their reactions with these beautiful lemony colors, and share seeds with some of our neighbors to brighten some other corners too!

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  301. Meloney on

    Beautiful sunflowers. I would plant them around my vegetable garden and in my med size dalhia garden.

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  302. Terry on

    Steve’s sunflowers are beautiful, so unique! I would love to grow them. I have an 8 foot tall fence around my veggie garden (sorry deer!) and I think it would be beautiful to plant them along the fence.

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  303. Pattie on

    I am so amazed by the commitment and passion Steve has for everything he does! I love the spectacular uniqueness of his sunflowers and how he attributes the magnificence of his life to God.

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  304. Amber Lawrence on

    I’ve always loved sunflowers but never had enough room to grow too many. We are looking for land and I would have so much more room to grow flowers and these would be amazing!!

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  305. Millie Funk on

    I will be planting them on the farm that has been in our family for nearly 100 years. The flower garden is along the road so everyone who passes by will be able to enjoy them.

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  306. Kathryn Eldred on

    I’m known as the sunflower lover, ever since I was a kid. I ended up getting a lot of things with sunflowers on them throughout the years. My love of sunflowers has never faltered. I now have land that I can plant them on and this is the year I hope to do so. I would love to plant some of Steve’s sunflowers! Thanks!

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  307. Mary McMullen on

    I would plant some in the lower field at our home. I want to create a beautiful area that my family can enjoy walking and spending more time outdoors with beauty all around us. I’m sure our neighbor will enjoy the view as well. We are trying to transform our 5 acres into a garden/flower wonderland, it will take time but these beauties will be the stand out!

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  308. Kelly on

    I am planting sunflowers in front of the hedge outlining my garden, as well as outside. I’ve hung a Ukrainian flag on the fence surrounding our garden, and will surround the beautiful blue and yellow flag with every sunflower variety I own so that people walking or driving by can enjoy.

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  309. Heidi Swanson on

    My plan this year is to make a beautiful wall of sunflowers for a privacy screen between my neighbor and I. I would love the most awesome colors or a little bit of variety. These are amazing! Please choose Me:)

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  310. Liana on

    I would love to plant them along our fence line for everyone to enjoy as they drive past our house.

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  311. Terah on

    I love how God gave him the rogue sunflower that led to even more abundance. It would have been easy for him to ignore it or pull it up and throw it out. We just need to stay open and let God lead! Bravo, Steve, and thank you, Erin, for helping him spread the word!

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  312. Sally G Douglas on

    Sun flowers are like bottled sunshine! Bringing warmth and happiness to those whose eyes fall upon them. Sally G Douglas

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  313. Carol on

    Steve’s sunflowers would be an awesome addition to our brand new cut flower farm. We are just starting our farm this year and are looking for unique flowers to share in our little corner of Iowa. Can’t wait to start growing them!!

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  314. Deena on

    What an incredible story. I’m new to planting sunflowers. My neighbor just put up a new fence and I would love to have sunflowers growing all along the 120 feet of fencing. They would be spectacular.

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  315. Grammie Pam on

    Thank you for the breath spring on this grey day.

    I will plant some in my front garden for people walk in the neighborhood and some in my back yard vegetable garden.
    I will also share a couple seeds with my neighbor who loves gardening also.
    Just think what I can do next year if I save some seeds!

    Thanks for all your hard work

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  316. Anna Gamble on

    What a lovely interview and story. These flowers are stunning. I live just on the edge of our town and our yard borders a farmer’s field. There is a strip of land 6-8 feet between the two. Currently it grows a mix of invasive weeds, and as I have been slowly transforming our other flower beds into beautiful little areas I have been dreaming of what to plant there. These sun flowers are perfect for that. I would love a chance to grow some.

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  317. Sarah Hawkey on

    Hi all! I’d plant Steve’s seeds in my new flower garden! Sunflowers are one of the only varieties I don’t have yet! I took the Floret workshop this year and can’t wait to dive in!

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  318. Doris Gossett on

    I would love to plant a packet of these in my garden. I can see my garden from the kitchen window which I look out of often. My garden is also visible from my street and they would welcome me home every time I turned onto my street.

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  319. Loni on

    I have a children’s sensory garden at the public’s library I work for. I would love to have these sunflowers planted there!

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  320. Nancy M. on

    Since most of my garden space this year will be devoted to growing flowers for my son’s wedding, I would plant them along the side of our faded red barn. They would add so much color there.

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  321. Brannon on

    How stunning! The love of flower stories continues! I love how this comes from one awkward (and beautiful) outcast that was nurtured for years. This year is my first year of “big garden.” We have been on our off grid, forested property for four years now and this is the first year I have enough water to grow more than a tiny patch in front of the cabin. I have been trying to decide what to put next to big gardens entrance and I think these are the right fit! Bravo Steve, thank you for sharing these beauties!

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  322. Elsa on

    I’ve been trying to grow sunflowers my entire life and have never been successful. Last year I bought some seeds from Erin at Floret and finally had a modicum of success. I would dig up my ENTIRE garden and plant these seeds. I believe I’m destined to see my own Van Gogh field in my garden! Thank you for sharing this ethereal beauty!

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  323. Sarah Beaves Lewis on

    On the hill between a corn field and my perennial garden beds. Beautiful!!

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  324. Linda White on

    As a retired Navy Veteran I would plant my in the veteran garden at my local VA hospital for Veterans to enjoy.

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  325. Lindsay on

    Beautiful! I dont have a lot of space in North Jersey but I have plenty of sun in my yard. These would look great along my side yard and create the backdrop i’m looking for. I look forward to following him on IG, thanks for sharing his story.

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  326. Loretta Heard on

    I love sunflowers and these are beyond amazing! My husband and I have a sunflower plot we plant for our own enjoyment each year. Would love to fill our plot with Steve’s sunflowers!

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  327. Janet Liberatore on

    Would love to grow these beautiful sunflowers around my pool enclosure! Talk about dressing up a fence-line! Have always loved sunflowers since we lived in South Dakota and would drive past miles and miles of sunflower fields! Just something magical about them! Shades of Jack and The Beanstalk!!

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  328. Lisa Row-Taylor on

    Steve, you are such an inspiring individual. Your sunflowers are just beautiful. I would put these along my drive entering our venue where all my couples go to take photographs. I would also put some in my garden that the guests walk thru and sit to admire all the plants and watch the sunset. Plus my glamping cabin would have direct view of both areas.

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  329. Laura Himes on

    Wow! These flowers are what dreams are made of! What an amazing story! For me, I’d LOVE to win these seeds because the last 5 years, my husband and I have been building our dream homestead on 27 acres of land. I dream of my luscious flower and herb gardens, with the bees buzzing happily every single day… these would be the cherry on top for when we finally move in this May!

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  330. Jennifer Crafton on

    These are incredible! If I was lucky enough to win a packet I would carve out beautiful spot right in front of my house – I have a micro farm. These would go right in front of my dining room table so that I could look out and see them when I’m eating!

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  331. Laura Brunk on

    I have a tiny flower garden supplemented with many pots. 3rd year overall and last year was my first for sunflowers! Only had procut plum, but fell in love and have dedicated a whole row and a smaller side area to sunflowers this year. Started following Steve and love what he is creating and now he shares his faith in the process. Can’t wait to be able to grow SfS flowers soon!!

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  332. Joanne VanDyne on

    I have a spot at the front of our property that would allow us to enjoy them as well as the neighbors and anyone else driving passed our property!

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  333. Kirsten D on

    I am absolutely in awe of these sunflowers! I have a spot near my kitchen garden where I love to grow sunflowers — once I had stems that were as tall as the roof of my house! It’s a great location as I can see them from all over my garden, my deck where I eat meals in the summertime, and my neighbors enjoy them too. I cut a few stems for myself, friends and family, but mostly leave them for the pollinators and birds!

    Thank you for introducing us to Sunflower Steve!

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  334. Martha on

    What a beautiful post! My mom and aunt grew fancy sunflowers for my wedding flowers,but these are next level!

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  335. Kim Kay on

    There are no words that can describe the beauty in Sunflower Steve’s amazing blooms. Sunflowers are my very favorite flowers, to me they are happy flowers. I’m from NM, as a child I remember seeing the wild sunflowers grow along the main road in Corrales NM. We moved to Southern CA, but always visited my grandparents in Corrales. I moved back to NM as an adult and the memories of the wild sunflowers are now an experience I get to take in again when they are in bloom, bringing memories of my grandparents back. Our home is on just an acre at the foot of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, NM. I left my profession to care for my mother so I am just starting to learn about growing flowers, I have planted Dahlias in my container/pots inspired by Discovering Dahlias and would love to grow “happy” Sunflowers. Not wanting to win as I am not experienced enough to grow these beautiful flowers but wanted to share and thank you and Sunflower Steve for the beauty you share and to say flowers are so impactful. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Flowers are a part of God’s beautiful artwork. Looking forward to Sunflowers Steve’s book.

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  336. Ashley B on

    I would plant Steve’s Sunflowers in my sunflower patch in our backyard! My husband and I grow a large garden.. enough to feed ourselves, our immediate family on each side, close friends, and I even take produce to share/swap with my co-workers. Each year we add on to the garden and over the last 3 years the additions have been flowers. I love to grow dahlias, zinnias, cosmos, ranunculus, coneflowers, sunflowers, and I even have a patch of Michigan native wildflowers.

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  337. Gayla on

    I have a Sunflower garden in my backyard. I would love some seeds to plant this year.

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  338. Andrea Z on

    I would plant them under my kitchen window. I have done this often. Some I cut for the house and some I leave go to seed for the birds so that even when the flower season is over, I get the lasting benefit of watching the birds right outside my kitchen window.

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  339. Connie King on

    These are the most beautiful sunflowers I’ve ever seen. Right now we grew Procut sunflowers along with other cut flowers on what we call the East coast of Iowa, 20 miles from the Mississippi. I’ve been following Steve for some time now, since Nichol from Flower Hill Farm named him Sunflower Steve.

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  340. Jean ONeill on

    These sunflowers are truly gorgeous and unique. My garden plan this year is to have a hedge of sunflowers as I rejuvenated the forsythia hedge between my neighbor and our yard.My thought was that sunflowers would help turn his frown around and provide some privacy between yards.

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  341. Jill Tinius on

    Hi there! I would LOVE to plant these in my cut flower garden at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, KY. They would captivate a lot of flower loving gardeners. :)

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  342. Lisa E Brown on

    I am pretty new to planting and growing flowers. My love for them has grown in the last several years. I have a large backyard and would plant them along my back fence row. I always have fresh flowers in my house. My girls always giggle that I buy my own flowers but I love them so much! How nice would it be to pick them from my own garden to have in my home??

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  343. Sheila on

    What a special story and an amazing guy! Very inspirational!
    I have a regular city-sized lot in Seattle. Last year I removed the last of our front lawn, in the sunniest part, for my first cutting garden, inspired by Erin and Floret. I will soon plant it and would love to include Steve’s fabulous sunflowers. The rest of the front is mostly a native wildflower meadow (small but lovely!), framed with some edibles and shrubs; adding some roses this year, too- my newest obsession!

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  344. Kelly on

    Such unique sunflowers! I would love to plants these in my mother’s garden alongside her peonies and poppies.

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  345. T Norton on

    These are fantastic! I am a small Gardner and just began gardening 4 years ago after my retirement. I grow both vegetables and flowers for personal consumption but I also give all my extras to my neighbors and friends. In the first year my flowers especially sunflowers were so abundant. I had people stopping by and looking at my sunflowers. So I decided to share them and i put them in a bucket (along with my abundance of zinnias) and put them on a busier street adjacent to my house with a free sign. I noticed people stopped by and only took a few and nicely left some for others. I plan on continuing this as everyone should be able to share in the beauty of flowers . I would love to have access to flower seeds that are not your typical garden store variety.

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  346. Yolande Lemire on

    How I wish I would be 20 years younger. This Is a very inspiring story. Thank you Erin

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  347. Evelyn J. Gonzalez on

    I’ve heard about Sunflower Steve before but didn’t know how he got started in building that wonderful reputation. We absolutely adore sunflowers and always plant them in our front, back and side gardens where they can be seen by us and our neighbors. I’m really excited to plant the Van Gogh seeds!

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  348. Larissa on

    Just. Breathtaking. Fine art. Leaves me in awe.

    I can envision such beauty along the sunny retaining wall I see outside my kitchen window. Sunflowers there would resemble heaven to me.

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  349. Marilyn McCallie Morgan on

    At age 72, I am working towards fulfilling a dream that has drifted through my life for decades: I want to grow fields and fields of flowers for the enjoyment of visitors to my farm. Through the years, I have grown varieties of sunflowers on a small scale to use in personal arrangements, but I am ready now to plunge into the world of mass growing. Steve’s sunflowers are inspiring me to try varieties new to the sunflower world.

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  350. Susan Camp on

    This is a beautiful story. The flowers are amazing and the dedication to family and work an inspiration.

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  351. Kim Scholting on

    I would plant the seeds in our (mine & my daughter’s) ever-expanding flower bed! We love flowers & trying something new, different & rare here in east central Nebraska. These sunflowers would be an exciting addition!

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  352. Morgan K on

    Wow these are amazing! My Dad and I grew sunflowers for the first time last year in our back raised bed garden to help with pollination of our zinnias and dahlias. We have a 6 bed hobby garden that we use for cut flowers just for ourselves. Our neighbors love the opportunity to watch them all grow as well. We loved getting to see the amount of bees, birds and butterflies that stopped by to enjoy them too. This year we’ve gotten several more new to us varieties to try and these would be a great addition.

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  353. Michelle Lesher on

    My husband and I grow flowers and produce for a living! We would love to incorporate his flower varieties into our sunflower section of the farm. We grow about 1800 in a season give or take. I absolutely love the Van Gogh variety!

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  354. Christina Cross on

    I would love to plant some on our path just outside our pasture for our walks. I am far from a flower expert but we have been learning the last couple years.

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  355. Dee Buzbee on

    What beautiful flowers! Lastyear we moved from being a few miles away from the Floret Farm, back home to the deep south to care for ailing parents. We have prepared a new garden plot for veggies , but it is not complete without the perimeter being planted in flowers. We have started many seeds from Floret and are adding them now, but these sunflowers would be so lovely and a gift to the bees!

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  356. Mary Ann Sacripanti on

    I get such joy from your blog and now reading about Steve’s sunflower journey. I get such joy in the garden. We have 1,000 seedlings under lights in the basement, our first attempt at planting a cutting garden from seed so we can enjoy and share the flowers with our family and neighbors. What a fun opportunity to add a unique sunflower to the mix. Hopefully I need to extend the garden a bit😊.

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  357. Susan Wadsworth Davis on

    I have about an acre of fenced yard that needs something to beautify that space. I love to garden, however some medical issues keep me limited.
    I have a good friend who has sparked my interest in sunflowers. I would love to share some seeds with her.
    Finally, my 6 year old grandson is showing a lot of interest in gardening and I want to encourage him in a special way.

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  358. Michelle on

    I love sunflowers!!! These are gorgeous!! I’m dreaming of planting a field of sunflowers where everyone driving by can enjoy them. Sunflowers are so rewarding to grow and I love to share flowers with people in the community. Thank you both for the inspiration!

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  359. JoAnne Felchner on

    I’ve been growing flowers as long as I can remember, and I just retired. My fascination began with the seed pods from pansies. Opening those tiny baloons filled with even tinier seeds simply amazed me. I began planting them and a lifetime of gardening began. Two years ago, during covid, I accepted a retirement package which fueled a life long dream. Fixed up my house, sold my house, put everything in storage and bought 73 glorious acres in Central NY. I am starting a flower farm. The land has 25 acres of active farmland. For now, I am carving out about 7 acres for my house and cut flowers. My vision is that the remaining acres will be a sea of sunflowers. One day at a time..one project at a time..I will get there. People always ask themselves, “why am I here on this planet?” I have come to the conclusion that my purpose is simply to make this planet a prettier place. Cheers!

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  360. Natalie Carraher on

    What a fantastic thing you’ve contributed to our world, Steve! I always plant my sunflowers along our back fence line so that our neighbor can enjoy them too!

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  361. Windi Fourdraine on

    Oh my, these are exquisite! I would plant them close to my house so I could see those happy faces.

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  362. Victoria Pyles on

    I live in a small community in North Mississippi.
    Over the last several years, we have seen our farming community taken over by huge concrete warehouses
    . I would like to display Steve sunflowers where our community can be reminded of our roots.
    Maybe we can convince our officials that there is great wealth in enhancing our world with one of Gods beauties, sunflowers!!!

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  363. Brittney on

    We are starting a u-cut flower farm in Eau Claire, WI. I’d love to have fun varieties from Wisconsin growing in our flower garden!

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  364. Kristina Kurek on

    Oh how I wish to be selected for the Lemon Drop Mix to plant in my mother’s garden…my father, an avid gardener to say the least, passed away in 2020. One of the gifts he passed along to me and my sister had been his love for growing things, but it was only after his death that my mother developed a passion as well, and continued cultivating flowers in his garden of 50 years. She adores sunflowers, and over the past 2 summers, I have helped her learn how to grow them. Her favorite color is lemony yellow and when I had found a somewhat paler yellow sunflower seed called Starburst Lemon Aura, I scooped some up and included them in the planting…unfortunately, in both her garden and mine, the germination rate was awful (we did not get a single bloom) and I’ve not seen those particular seeds available since. My mother is currently in the hospital, recovering from surgery to remove a malignant mass from her lungs…the world almost lost her beautiful light 4 days ago during unexpected profuse bleeding complications during the procedure, but she is now making a strong comeback and I know her strong faith is God is at play during this her current miraculous recovery. I would love so much to plant these seeds along the back wall of her property so she can watch them grow as she heals…There is a famous saying “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” and the hope and promise that there will, indeed, be a tomorrow as she now battles lung cancer, will be central to her resolve to carry on. To me, these seeds would represent an exquisite and divine representation of that hope.

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  365. Lisa on

    We have a little garden behind our apartment, and every year I plant some sunflowers for my husband because he loves them. He thinks they are such happy flowers. I would love to surprise him with some amazing new varieties! Thanks for the chance to win some of Steve’s seeds!

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  366. Elizabeth on

    I would plant them in our new cut flower garden. This summer our family is on a new journey of experimenting with planting & selling cut flowers on a small scale. I’m so excited! I grew up on a dairy farm in WI and now live several states away. These flowers would bring an extra big smile as I remember my childhood.

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  367. Elizabeth Hoefflin on

    I would plant them on the side of my house so that people driving by could see them and enjoy them too!

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  368. Catherine on

    Love Steve’s story, and his sunflowers are beautiful. I would plant his sunflowers in my cut flower garden , but also in my landscape where I could enjoy them the most 🌻

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  369. Susie Hill on

    I would plant these seeds everywhere. Sunflowers make everyone happy!! I live on three acres and in the past two years have started planting native Indiana plants. The increase in pollinators has been astounding. I just love to stand in one of my nine flowerbeds and watch nature do it’s thing. I live on the farmland that I grew up on. I feel so blessed to be able to sit outside and just enjoy what God has made. I also enjoy talking and sharing what I have learned along the way with people who stop and talk to me about my flowers. I think your seeds would be a great addition to my little spot of heaven on earth.

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  370. Bridget perrotta on

    My home abuts conservation land so my husband kindly fenced me a spot for my flowers to stay safe from mother natures critters! I would love to grow some of the beauties with all my other babies in my cut flower garden.

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  371. Kaitlyn on

    We recently moved into a log cabin on some land and are making it out very own. So far we have an ever growing flock of chickens and an outdoor play/living/grilling space and this year will be the year of growth! Fruit trees, berries, veggies and cut flowers galore! I’d plant the flowers in my new garden that surrounds our girls’ coop!

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  372. Brenda on

    My husband and I own and grow Christmas trees. After 40 years of growing our beloved trees we are starting to downsize. We don’t exactly have a detailed plan yet on what we will be planting in those fields. I had thought of a sunflower field. Open the field up for cut flowers as well as mini photo sessions as we have several that photographers that use the farm for family photos. Steve’s sunflowers are beautiful and so unique. This would play directly into what we desire for our farm. Thank you for your offer and consideration.

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  373. Stacey McPhee on

    I would plant Steve’s sunflower seeds in two spots, in front of and behind my house so I could see them no matter where I am outside!
    It is so cool Erin to get an email from you, to read either about what you are doing or other amazing flower people like Steve, and feel the flower connection that you bring to me and others.
    Thank you 🙂

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  374. Faith Bean on

    Along the side of my house. I love Van Gogh! His Sunflowers 🌻 make my heart sing. ❤️

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  375. Jen on

    I am starting over, after losing every thing. But this time, I am doing it with the right person for the right reasons. Our barn is old and crumbling, but we are hoping it can start over too. Until we can afford to fix it, the worn, patinad siding would be the perfect backdrop for Steve’s sunflowers. Both of us are starting anew with a seed, a dream and some faith.

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  376. Erin Riley on

    I will plant them in the front, near the sidewalk, where all the children and dog walkers can enjoy looking at them.

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  377. Elise Fournier on

    I live in Rural Western NC on the road to a tourist destination named Pretty Place Chapel. I would beautify the front of my property so that when people drive-by they would see how beautiful the van Gogh collection has hundreds of people go to watch the sunrise over a giant gap every morning all summer long it would just bring a little more beauty, and love to their day.

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  378. Judy Olson on

    I would plant the sunflowers in my front garden just behind the picket fence. Then they will be visible to myself and my neighbors and anyone passing by.

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  379. Heather on

    I recently moved to a cozy little cottage on a farm in Francestown, NH. This is my first year of many new exciting things, including growing from seeds indoors, establishing two bee colonies, planting a pollinator garden, as well as becoming a grandma. Steve’s beautiful sunflowers would make a stunning addition!

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  380. Mary Drennan on

    I am new to growing flowers I plan on creating a beautiful garden in my backyard. These sunflowers look like a dream.

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  381. Susan on

    I love sunflowers, they are somehow so cheerful! I am converting much of my lawn to vegetable and flower gardens. I want to plant sunflowers along the fence, along with sweet peas, beans, and sugar snaps. I plan to introduce my grandsons to the joy of growing nature’s bounty!

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  382. Lia on

    We created a large garden jus for my 4 girls this year and of course they want sunflowers! They would definitely go there :)

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  383. Jacki on

    We have lots of Sunshine behind our garage which includes a public path, a perfect place for Sunflowers to thrive.

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  384. Nita Gibbs on

    We downsized 5 years sgo and moved to a Senior Mobile Park home. We are on 1 of the 2 pathways that run through the park. Our park has lots of very tall pine trees, palm trees, eucalyptus trees and many shorter trees but not much color. My front yard is on the path. I planted 16 red geraniums in the front and 12 different colored roses behind them on the path. I asked if i could plant and care for the 2 to 4 feet that is owned by park. I had neighbors give me succulent cuttings and I added wild flower seeds. A granddaughter is painting big flowers on 1 section of fence I painted white. How awesome it would be to add these beautiful sunflowers that could be added all along the path and give seeds to neighbors to plant everywhere! I can vision more path walkers and people driving by as news spreads of the beautiful colored sunflowers seen only in our park.

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  385. Rebekah Barzee Denti on

    This summer, I am moving to Texas, and leaving everything I know back in Idaho. I think I can grow sunflowers in Texas… At least I really hope so. It would be absolutely lovely to plant them at my new place to make it feel more like home.
    I adore the lemon drop mix, as lemons have always been a favorite of mine. The lemon-lime maranta (prayer plant) is my favorite houseplant! I even drink a glazed lemon loaf tea each day. 💁🏻‍♀️

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  386. Sheri Zaugg on

    I would plant them anywhere I could find room. Not only by our home but up on the lot we own across the street! Yellow is my favorite color so any flower with any bit of yellow is my favorite!

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  387. Holly Badger on

    I am blessed to live in Southern California where the weather is beautiful practically year round. I named my garden Eden Heart, and it is where I can be found when I feel the need to be close to God, which feels like always. Though my yard is small, I try to make it as inviting as possible for God’s creatures when they visit! The area next to the cherub water fountain where the birds and the bees gather to bathe or quench their thirst will be the perfect spot for Steve’s sunflowers! They will be at home next to the roses, plumerias, hibiscus, columbines, and freesias. I am hoping to add Floret’s Breadseed Poppy peonies to the garden once they grow a bit more from the seedling phase! I have the perfect view of the garden from the kitchen window and would be so thrilled to look out and see beautiful sunflowers living in my garden! Thank you so much for giving us an opportunity to win some seeds!

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  388. Elie on

    I’d plant in the bed by the street for passerby and neighbors to enjoy too!

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  389. Danalynn Vanstone on

    Love you Floret folks! have a small house that sits on a 70’x120′ lot in Puyallup and I fill every possible inch with flowers I’ve started from seed. I would be honored to add such a beautiful addition to my garden. The last 2 years I have dedicated a garden against our back fence just for sunflowers.

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  390. Sarah B. on

    As a kid, my siblings and I dug a large hole in our family garden that we loved to play in. One day Mom had the brilliant idea of planting sunflowers around our hole and it lovingly became our sunflower house. We loved our hours playing in the shade of the sunflowers in our hidden nook of the garden. Now, I am starting my own cut flower garden in raised boxes in hopes of bringing some sunshine to people’s homes and tables. Adding some sunflowers to my garden would feel so fitting!

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  391. Danielle Cooper on

    I’m planting sunflowers in a circle in my garden for my two girls. It would be fabulous to add these spectacular sunflowers to their sunflower fort!

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  392. Sharon S on

    My daughter has the perfect spot at her house for sunflowers. She loves having cut flowers in the house. I would gift them to her to add some sunshine to her world.

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  393. Aimee Pearce on

    Every year, I experiment with different types of dried sunflower heads. I grow them to observe which varieties do the best in all natural birdseed wreaths that I make. I am so utterly excited to try a new creation. The beauty alone is amazing.

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  394. Jeanelle Shields on

    Sunflowers are so valued as they are long lasting and creating magnificent bouquets. They’re my favorite and most prolific flower in my garden

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  395. Diane Serda on

    In my new yard at my new house in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have a blank canvas that I will observe and plan out the first year. It is very exciting.

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  396. Janie on

    Steve’s sunflowers are absolutely beautiful. I have been an avid sunflower lover for over 30 years. My children use to laugh at me for wearing my sunflower clothing with earrings to match. :-) I live in Northern California and would love to plant these in my backyard near my pond to enjoy during our warm summer days.

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  397. Anna Witcher on

    I am just a flower nerd. I grow things in the garden just to have flowers. I grow artichokes for their flowers I grow okra for their flowers I got a squash for the flowers I just love flowers I have sunflowers I like poppies I like calendula I like dahlias I like ranunculus basically I like anything that a flower roses whatever it is just brings me joy and I love them.

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  398. Olga Bykov on

    We live in the city and for the last six years I’ve been working on redeeming my land-my humble backyard. I now have 25 roses, 10 hydrangeas, 50+ varieties of dahlias, and many other shrubs, parennials, tons of bulbs have been sprouting up and trying out winter sowing and indoor seed starting for the first time this year. It all somehow eventually finds its perfect spot in our garden and all brings us so much joy! Kids been loving planting different plants and seeds too! 💕

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  399. Sara Rickman on

    I have a small garden in my backyard that I grow dahlias in every year and along one side of it I plant sunflowers for cutting and for the birds and the squirrels. It’s always such a happy place.

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  400. Isabel Moore on

    My church has just installed a new cutting garden…..these would be beautiful for our worship space!

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  401. Catherine on

    I have been gardening since I was a kid. I love all kinds of flowers. Because of the deer in my area ,my flower growing has only been flowers they won’t eat. This year I put a deer fence around my property. I’m so excited to be planting the flowers I’ve always wanted to grow. Sunflowers are one of my all time favorites. I would be so happy to plant Steve’s anazing sunflowers in my new garden.

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  402. Jeri Cleveland on

    We moved to Puyallup a few years ago after retiring and downsized from our home in Edmonds, WA. Our new home is small, and the yard is tiny. Growing space is small, and the soil here is awful. We installed a raised planting area, which is still very small, but we loaded it with good soil, and have pretty good luck growing things. I took my 2 year old granddaughter to a local farm that was growing fields of many varieties of sunflowers. That became our (my granddaughter’s and mine) thing. It’s fun to have her plant her sunflower seeds with the little garden tool set I bought her. She tends to those seeds, watering them when she visited, and I loved to document the growth of her plants with her standing next to the plant. Since my space is small, it’s really nice to grow something that doesn’t take up a lot of room near the ground, but yields so much beauty high up in the sky. Sunflower Steve is creating such beautiful flowers! I’d love to grow some of those beauties with my granddaughter in our little garden.

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  403. Tiffany on

    I would love to line my garden fence with Steve’s sunflowers.

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  404. Kelli on

    We moved to our 5 acre farm from the city a few years ago. It is a 1900 dairy farm we are restoring to share the grounds for events. My dream has been to have a restored farm where I could grow my own flowers, veggies, fruit and raise chickens and sell it all at ky small roadside stand in the summers. So far that dream is slowly coming true. I’m learning so much about flowers and gardening and each year my garden and flowers have been bigger and better. We hope to open our grounds to the public for small events in the next year. These sunflowers would be so dreamy next to our old windmill behind my small greenhouse we renovated. Sunflowers bring the bees to our yard and we hear them buzzing all summer. Thank you for sharing your beautiful flowers!

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  405. Rachel on

    We have a linear bed along our fence that is earmarked for sunflowers. The bees and the birds (and yes, sometimes the squirrels) love them and I love their hardiness and long season for blooming.

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  406. Rachel Starrin on

    We’ve got a sunny community garden growing behind our church. Full of veggies and flowers to cut to bring people joy. Steve’s flowers would be a happy addition to the garden and to our community’s tables here in western Washington. Many thanks.

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  407. Colleen Shannon on

    Cut flowers are my thing. But these sunflowers are so unique and beautiful. They would look smashing in our front gardens. Thank you for sharing these truly special flowers.

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  408. Nancy Wilkerson on

    I have a strip of land at the back of my property that I intentionally keep unmown and generally untouched for the wildlife. I sit on my deck and enjoy this view every morning. It would be a dream come true to add these sunflowers to this picture.

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  409. Nicole Allen on

    My kids help me with our flower garden and this past year we cut bouquets and they sold them door to door in our neighborhood and gifted them to friends and family. It was fun watching them get involved, learn business and sales techniques, make some money, and learn to be generous! They would be so excited to have the variety of sunflowers and tell their story!

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  410. Lizzie Wysong-Schmidt on

    When people ask me my favourite flowers, I tell them: gladioli, peonies, and sunflowers. And wow, these sunflowers! I’m repurposing my old vegetable patch that my neighbour’s cat likes to use as a litter box into a ‘flowers only’ space. I just planted three individual seeds there today, in anticipation of staggering blooms so I can spread out my harvest. But there’s plenty of room for more.

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  411. Jennifer Findlay on

    I am absolutely blown away by Steve’s breathtaking sunflowers. I think you’re absolutely right that he’s on to something incredibly special. The photos of the flower arrangements are stunning, and I never imagined sunflowers could come in all those rich colors. I’d be over the moon to see these beauties in my garden.

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  412. Amy on

    Outside grandma’s window so she can enjoy watching them grow. She lives in a group nursing home. 🌻

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  413. Kimberlee on

    I would gift these to my mom who lives on an acre in the country surrounded by wildlife. My last year living at home, I was all about sunflowers. She would provide for even more birds with a patch of sunshine.

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  414. Ellen Blacketer on

    Thanks for sharing your lovely sunflowers with us. Your beautiful flowers in the photo arrangements are stunning! I would love to have some seeds to plant in our yard in Avon, IN
    I would enjoy a few of them in cut arrangements on my kitchen table and save some for the bees and my neighbors to also enjoy! You should be very proud of your hard work and all you have accomplished over the years and then sharing generously so others can also enjoy their beauty. What a legacy you are creating!!!

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  415. Mary Combs on

    I’ve grown sunflowers for 40+ years. I collect seeds from any unusual sunflowers that I see when I travel. I have a variety I call “Mackinaw Cottage” that was all over the property we stayed at. Another is called “ Rest Area” cuz of, guess where?!!!
    Another called “Vern” was from an older farmer who grew them around the perimeter of his vegetable garden.
    I collect and label seed heads every year to make sure to have my favorites for the next growing season.
    I can’t wait to add your beautiful varieties to my collection!!!

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  416. Patrina Mason on

    I have a long row next to my fence where I grow ranunculus and sweet peas in the spring. They would be a great summer time addition and I think they would be very happy there.

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  417. Denise on

    I would love to plant some of Steve’s sunflowers here in Colorado!

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  418. Ann Morren on

    I have been growing sunflowers, zinnias and snapdragons in a small garden behind our church rectory for use in the church on the altar and other places in the building. This is my labor of love because 6 weekly flower arrangements are not in the parish budget! It would be grand to have some variety in the sunflowers as they are used a lot at the end of the season.

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  419. Laur Hoffman on

    I would line my vegetable garden in Minnesota with the magical sunflowers! 🌻

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  420. Cathy Smith on

    What a great interview. The flowers and photography are amazing. We have a couple acres with bees and chickens. I would love to plant these beauties around the beehives and watch the pollinating begin!!! Keep sharing!!! Fortunately, I keep the chickens away from the bee area because they love to scratch and dust bathe, so I’m constantly rearranging flower beds. The bees would be so happy and productive! So looking forward to planting season!!!

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  421. Isabella on

    In my garden , there’s a special little plot where I have planted sunflowers every year since I started growing flowers. I would love to plant Steve’s beautiful new hybrids there this year!

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  422. Denise Kniss on

    If I had some of these gorgeous sunflower seeds, I’d plant them at my daughters nearby mini farm. She has a great area, in front of her barn, to plant these beauties. Our grandchildren would enjoy these as much as us adults would!

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  423. Tasha Roe on

    I’m in awe of these creations!!
    I know exactly where I’d plant these stunning sunflowers – the edge of my herb garden in memory of my mom!

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  424. Debbie Fortner on

    Hello from Kentucky! I would plant the Sunflowers in my backyard. I had a vegetable garden there but this year I am starting a cut flower garden for myself and my daughter in-law. I am growing Lisianthus for the first time from seeds.Also geraniums, Snapdragons and Ranunculus. Thanks! Debbie

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  425. Peyton White on

    I would plant them along our fence and in my garden beds! I have never grown sunflowers, and I’d be interested in trying! Also, I would be excited to grow varieties that are new! I have a friend who loves sunflowers and I would give some to her!

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  426. Thea on

    What’s kind of funny is I downsized my home a couple years back but, this time, I added a cutting garden to my landscape plan. So, with one packet of sunflower seeds (I think that’s all I need, being realistic) I’d plant some in the cutting garden beds and the rest around the back garden. Hopefully, no critters will bite off the tops before they reach maturity. I’m also into floral design so I’d love to play with some of Steve’s teddy bears. I love his still lifes. Also, I love his mural ideas. I love to meet folks who are following their dreams while feeding their families. Great interview! Thank you!

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  427. Linda Dyer on

    I am part of a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team in Burlington, VT. Our team is called Dragonheart VT Sisters. One of my Sister is an organic farmer in the area and she grows sunflowers that we use in our Flower Ceremony at our community fundraiser each year. I just think it would be so wonderful to have Steve’s stunning flowers growing in our teams memorial garden by our shed in downtown Burlington on Lake Champlain fir our entire community to enjoy! Thanks for sharing this story about Steve. You both are extraordinary!

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  428. Sarah B on

    These are gorgeous! We would plant these in our new small cut flower garden on our homestead we moved to in WA! We love growing flowers to give away and are excited to finally have more room to grow ALL THE FLOWERS we can! Thanks for sharing your gift. Can’t wait to order some seeds and see what grows!

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  429. Jussara Lee on

    I am turning the lawn into a flower field so the plan is to plant flowers everywhere in the property! I’m so excited and hope I can do a good job. I’m in Washington CT.

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  430. Betty Stueve on

    Besides, my zinnia and cosmos gardens, I had grown some sunflowers. They were large, and their faces went to the sun. They made me so happy, but they were very large, and not re-blooming, or even at a place that I could cut them. I would love to try some of these because the faces look as big as my hands. I’m in my late 70s and don’t want to keep bending down to pick things. It looks like it would be just up my alley. Betty Stueve from Germantown Ohio.

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  431. Jamie Porter on

    I would plant these stunners in my backyard cut flower garden. The sunsets on that side of my house, and my favorite flower to see in that pretty light are sunflowers. Steve’s varieties are truly lovely!

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  432. Melissa on

    I love sunflowers! I would plant them on the balcony of my condo!

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  433. Robyn on

    I will be moving to Wisconsin this year to be near family and would plant at my new home.

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  434. Angela on

    This is my first year as a flower farm also in Wisconsin! I would love to plant your seeds on my plan of 1/8 acre this season.

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  435. Jen Jones on

    The sunflowers are absolutely beautiful! I have been growing cut flowers in my backyard for the past couple of years, and giving away all my flowers in Ball jars for free! I love giving flowers to others in my community to bring much needed joy and smiles :) Thank you for bringing more color and joy to the world Steve :)

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  436. Grace Erickson on

    What beautiful flowers! If we had these seeds my kids would call dibs on them and plant them around their fort that is at the back of my veggie garden. We put a raised bed in front of it and they want to plant a wildflower garden. I think these sunflowers would fit right in!

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  437. Sara Scott on

    Wow! These are so very lovely! I’ve been gardening now for about 14 years, my yard is filled with gardens of various sizes and shapes a unique mixture of vegetables and flowers. I plant Okra for their flowers along Zinnias and Yarrow in complimentary colors. Sunflowers along my tomatoes and cucumbers. My daughter says the gardens are her happy place as she munches on cherry tomatoes and watches the flowers blossom. <3

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  438. Lisa Pilz on

    I love Sunflower Steve. I have been following him for over a year. Last year I was able to buy a packet of Van Gogh Fantasy! What a vast array of colors! Simply amazing!! I would be planting them on my flower farm in a special row so they bloom in the fall so I can arrange them in pumpkins! I am located in Penryn, Ca.

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  439. SuzanneP on

    My community garden plot almost always grows a volunteer sunflower or two. They are nice and tall and the birds and bees really enjoy them, but I haven’t seen one as beautiful as Steve’s. It would be great to grow these in my community garden plot.

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  440. Jan Fritz on

    I am the president of a local garden club, and we have installed a pollinator garden at our town’s library.
    Children have an opportunity to visit the garden every time they come to use the library.
    We hold special ceremonies there and have become a part of their activities. I can just imagine the excitement on their young faces to see these wild and crazy sunflowers that look like lion heads! What a great starting point for creating imaginary stories about them coming to life! Wouldn’t that be fun?! I’d love to have a chance to get their take on these crazy flowers and have fun with their ideas. They could even decorate the flowers as their favorite lion! It would be a great way to get kids involved in reading and writing and telling stories in a fun and unique way. Please help us make it happen! Thank you!

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  441. Teresa Greenfield on

    My husband and I love the sunflowers that my neighbor grows each year- they peak over her backyard fence as if they are greeting everyone who walks by. I would love to do the same with some of Steve’s amazing sunflowers along my backyard fence!

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  442. Lisa on

    I would plant Steve’s flowers along the edge of my vegetable garden so I can enjoy them when I’m working in the garden, and people passing by can enjoy them from the street. His flowers are beautiful and my neighbors and I would really enjoy them!

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  443. Angie Stelzer on

    Beautiful masterpiece sunflowers! I would love to add them to my garden, zone 8B, near San Antonio, Texas.

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  444. Travis on

    What a wonderful interview with a truly passionate person who has created the most incredible sunflowers I have ever seen. If I am lucky enough to get some of these they will take over one of the large rows in my dahlia garden. Great job Steve!

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  445. Karen on

    In previous years my sunflower experience has been a product of the many chipmunks that graciously “plant” the sunflower seeds the birds have dropped. I’d love an opportunity to try Steve’s sunflower seeds in my northwestern Pennsylvania garden & show those chipmunks a thing or two!!

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  446. Diane on

    I would plant these beauties in Southlake, Texas in my new cutting garden! I LOVE these colors and interesting textures so
    I would be thrilled to get some seeds! Keep making the world a more beautiful place with flowers!🌻

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  447. Liz on

    I’d plant them behind my shorter sunflowers varieties and corn in front of sunny windows at the back of my home to help naturally cool a hot summer room with shade.

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  448. Chelsea on

    This is so exciting! As a fellow Wisconsinite, I’m excited to learn about Sunflower Steve. I would plant these beauties along our iron fence for our neighbor’s to enjoy when the walk past. Thank you for sharing about Steve!

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  449. Lorelee Christensen on

    Sunflowers are my spirit plant!
    I’d love to plant these alllll along my back fence which enjoys all the sunshine! As a Beekeeper I’d love seeing the “girls” buzzing around the flowers and making some sweet sweet honey!
    These are so unusual and gorgeous! Thank you for you dedication and vision.

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  450. Morgan Graham on

    We moved from land to a neighborhood last year. It was a mistake but a lesson for sure!! If I won I would plant them in my small garden in backyard that I will have veggies and flowers growing in this growing season. Hoping my small garden filled with beauty will help my family adjust as this move has been one for the books.

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  451. Lizanne Fisk on

    I recently moved to a new home in Port Townsend WA, that has a double lot and several raised beds in the side yard. I would love to add these beautiful sunflowers to the seeds I am starting to put in the beds.

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  452. Candace Bailey on

    I would put in the front yard for the whole neighborhood to see and appreciate 🌻

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  453. Diane Gow on

    At the age of 63 we’ve just bought our first house in Massachusetts and I’m looking forward to planting my first garden this summer.

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  454. Lisa Francis on

    I love Sunflower Steve! I would plant the sunflowers along my fence where anyone passing by could enjoy them.

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  455. Leca Moose on

    The colors and textures are glorious! Absolutely GLORIOUS. Thank you, Sunflower Steve, for the love, sweat, and tears you expend to bring such beauty into the world. The photos of your flowers make me so happy! And thanks for sharing him and his creations with us, Erin.
    I’d plant them in my garden just beyond my swimming pool where I’d see them every day from my kitchen window.

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  456. Gwen on

    These sunflowers are beautiful! Sunflowers have not been on my list of favorites but this interview and the photos have changed that. I would love to try some here in Michigan.

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  457. Ashley on

    I would plant them at my flower farm! We just launched this year!

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  458. Madison Rumfelt on

    I would plant them right next to my new greenhouse my husband and I just built out of reclaimed windows and other materials here in Lebanon, MO!

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  459. Ansley Patrum on

    At the beginning of our sunflower patch we started two years ago. These are beyond beautiful and would bring so much joy to all our passersby.

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  460. Alea on

    If I won, I’d plant sunflowers in my “crazy garden”, that’s just a colorful mix of everything. We have plans for a high-tunnel greenhouse next spring and I’m hoping for a cut flower garden in there. Might save some seeds for that too!

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  461. Christa Allen on

    Would love to add these to my gardens in TN and in the north GA mountains!

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  462. Megan Herrick on

    I would love to grow these along my barn and pasture with my cows and chickens in the background!

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  463. Meghan on

    Such a lovely interview with stunning photos! I would love to plant these beautiful sunflowers all around the front of our old wooden red barn and enjoy the mix of colors that appears. My fiance and I are finally planning our wedding (after being engaged for almost 11 years), and I’ve decided to grow our own flowers for the occasion. These would be a stunning addition to the flowers, grasses, and herbs that I am planning!

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  464. Kari on

    Picking a winner on my birthday! Please send me these beauties to South Texas. I will certainly be purchasing bulk packages when available. TY, Sunflower Steve!

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  465. Mary on

    So beautiful! I would plant them in my back yard amongst my many bird feeders and enjoy all the beauty of the birds and flowers together!

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  466. Anne on

    Coastal Delaware! We have six acres six miles from the ocean!

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  467. Marcia on

    These sunflowers are so amazing! I have lots of shade and am running out of full sun space but would certainly find room for these beauties!

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  468. Liz Frisbee on

    What a lovely background and story. These interviews are so amazing and helpful for new flower growers like me. I am so thankful to read these posts and learn about the amazing things the flower growing community is doing and how I can reach for new opportunities and grow/transform within my own business. I would be growing these sunflowers in a garden right along the binnekill that runs behind our farm in the Catskills.

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  469. Karen M. on

    Your sunflowers are absolutely gorgeous and would look amazing along our front yard fence for all of the neighborhood and passers-by to enjoy! Every year we plant sunflowers along this part of fence and vegetables along the other part of the fence. We also have various tulips, peonies, irises and many other annuals & perennials amongst our property.

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  470. Sarah on

    So many gorgeous colors and textures!!! Thank you for doing such incredible work Sunflower Steve!

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  471. Megan Z on

    I’d plant them in my backyard garden that’s fenced in. That way the deer won’t enjoy them too! My neighbors would still be able to enjoy any that peel over the fence.

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  472. Becky scheller on

    I would love to plant sunflower seeds by my 100+year old red barn. They would look stunning. Plus the goldfinches here would love them

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  473. Robin Lines on

    I have been growing flowers in my small yard for 30 years. After following and watching you for a few years I now like to grow cut flowers (I am obsessed). I don’t sell, I just share beautiful bouquets with friends and family. I would love to grow and share these beauties.

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  474. Candace DelMastro on

    I’d be thrilled to see these thrive between the beds of the Sand Hill Community Garden in Buncombe County, NC. It’s a shared garden space, maintained by volunteers, that uses organic gardening practices to grow healthy produce for our neighbors experiencing food insecurities. Steve’s sunflowers would be an uplifting sight while we work and a delightful treat to pack into our donation bins.

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  475. Linda Scheuer on

    Beautiful sunflowers!! For over 40 years I have planted sunflowers across the back of our house. We now have 5 grandchildren who visit and play in our yard and I’d love for them to see and appreciate the Wonder of these new flowers!

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  476. Roberta Schmidt on

    I have a sweet little front yard garden, that used to be a grass lawn for about 30 years…until early 2021. Now, it’s a sweet garden with a few Floret favorites, dahlias, salvias, calendulas, and a haven for pollinators, bees, hummers, and for us humans, and all the neighbors that stop to tell me how much they love our garden. I would plant Steve’s amazing sunflowers here, to watch them sway in the evening breeze, while the bees hummed.

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  477. Samantha on

    I would love to share his beautiful seeds with my best friend in honor of her son Tommy, who passed away shortly after birth in March of 2020. She planted a garden in his honor, and I would love for some of Steve’s sunflowers to add some one-of-a-kind beauty to a garden in honor of a one-of-a-kind little boy.

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  478. Jennifer McKenzie on

    I would love to plant these breathtaking flowers alongside my road side stand where I’ll be selling fresh, organic produce grown in my garden.

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  479. Merri Jones on

    I would love to add some of these stunning and unique sunflowers to my amateur cut flower garden. Each year I am learning more and more about saving and starting seeds and am also experimenting with the new varieties that result. I would love to plant some rows along our fence that lines the driveway and imagine how beautiful the sun will be setting behind them. My husband, kids, and I have all discovered such a love for growing cut flowers. We are so passionate about cutting them and sharing them with neighbors, teachers, the hospitals we work in and really anyone and everyone that needs a smile. A simple bouquet can bring so much joy to someone who is sick or lonely and can be such a special thank you gift to show appreciation too.

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  480. Brenda H. on

    I have recently tried to start a cutting garden on the edge of my vegetable garden. I was able to get a row of tulips that were super pretty & this year I bought some seed from Floret to add more flowers. I also have zinnias next to the house. Steve’s sunflowers would be a gorgeous addition to my other flowers!

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  481. Christine Johnson on

    I’ve would love to grow these sunflowers in the back of my garden along the fence of my chicken run and would love to grow these. These would be a lovely addition!
    I’m in central Minnesota and have been falling in love with growing more flowers in my little homestead garden!

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  482. Sarah Wrigley on

    Gorgeous sunflowers!
    I live in a little rural town called Olalla, just north of Gig Harbor, WA. I have 2.5 acres and have created a new area for just flowers. I create floral arrangements for events and weddings and just love that Washington state grows the greatest flowers, greens and fillers!
    I marvel at the towering stalk of sunflowers and the bright cheery bloom smiling at me. I recently visited the Van Gogh Immersive exhibit in Seattle and feel so inspired by his beautiful work, I would be so pleased to experience your Van Gogh and lemon drop sunflower seeds!

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  483. Amanda Myers on

    I have been expanding my cut flower garden each year for 5 years. I would love to add these to my collection:)

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  484. Cherri on

    This spring will be my first attempt at a Cut Flower Garden.
    I live in Southwest Nebraska and can see Lemon Drop and Van Gogh’s Fantasy dancing in my backyard.

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  485. Danielle Berry on

    It would be such a beautiful sight to have the students at Rucker Elementary plant your seeds to grow into such beautiful flowers in the Rucker Garden.
    We are K-5 and have 16 raised beds to attract pollinators.
    I’m going to tell them your story and show them your beautiful flowers in our spring lessons.
    It’s inspiring!!

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  486. Jolene Lowrey on

    Such beautiful sunflowers! Our 11.5 yr old black lab unexpectedly died early yesterday. We buried him on our property next to his favorite hangout – the wood pile. We had just decided to plant sunflowers, when I opened your post. It would be an honor to plant Steve’s sunflowers atop Colt’s grave. Blessings.
    Jo Lowrey
    Riverton, WY

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  487. sharon marie zimmerman on

    I would love to plant Steve’s flowers in my garden, which is mostly flowers. I love bringing bouquets to work & on my table.

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  488. Farrah Malone on

    🌻 I would plant my sunflowers in my yard and cut them to give to my neighbors 🌻🌻🌻

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  489. carah ronan on

    I would plant these disks of joy on the fence line so grandma and our dear neighbor carol can enjoy the beauty!!

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  490. Kelli Smith on

    My husband just survived a horrible car accident. He’ll be in a wheelchair for a while. I would plant these seeds in a patch of our yard that he could see when sitting in his wheelchair on our side porch. I think it would really brighten his day. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

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  491. Karen on

    Spread a little sunshine….randomly place seeds near public places such as library or town hall so that many can soak up the color and beauty. One year at my workplace a medical building outside near the parking lot I planted sunflower seeds and each day on my lunch break watered them and the whole building got to watch them bloom and grow.! Keep up the spreading sunshine Steve great story!

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  492. Amber on

    In the flower field! Beautiful Sunflower Steve

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  493. Sarah on

    I would plant them in my mother’s garden! Something to bring her joy during a tough point in life.

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  494. Catherine Carbullido on

    I would plant these sunflowers among my front yard foodscape garden. The few mammoth and titan sunflowers I grow every year get a lot of attention from passersby. I’m sure Steve’s varieties will be a showstopper and create more interest in the beauty and possibility of home gardening. I have a small hobby garden/farm and will occasionally have my hens in the fenced-in garden with me while I work in the garden. So, people will stop to talk, see what I’m growing and show kids a chicken. I germinate more seedlings than I transplant into my garden and often share my extra seedlings with neighbors and friends in the local area.

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  495. Ashley Butler on

    These are the most stunning Sunflowers I have ever seen! I would plant some of these out front by our farmstand so all of our customers could share the beauty with us. I would plant a few by the house as well so I can see them out the window.

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  496. Erica Bailey on

    Sunflowers remind me of my son who passed away just 7 days before his due date in 2020. The first time I ever visited a sunflower farm was when I was pregnant with him. I would love to plant some of these in my garden as a special tribute to him.

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  497. Shelly Hashimoto on

    I would love to plant these beautiful seeds in both a shared garden that my neighbor and I have created in front of our homes. Were people who walk by can enjoy them. I would also put some in my backyard. Just outside my bedroom window were I can enjoy them daily.

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  498. Janet Lukas on

    I would love to grow these sunflowers within my vegetable garden! Our property is on a corner lot with the vegetable garden in full view for the whole neighborhood to see. Our neighbors love to watch our garden grow every year and it’s a real conversation starter! It’s been a great opportunity to meet new neighbors and socialize every growing season. I would love to show off Sunflower Steve’s sunflowers!

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  499. Andrea Goldsmith on

    We are getting new neighbors who are building a monster house near us. I would like to plant beautiful sunflowers for the neighborhood to enjoy while screening out the view of their gigantic home.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  500. Katie W on

    These sunflowers are stunning! It would be fun to plant these in the front yard so anyone driving by or coming to the house could enjoy their one-of-a-kind beauty.

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  501. Kaibah Koski on

    Some of my flower rows are right beside our driveway. I would plant them right there so anyone coming up the drive would see them first! Sunflowers are such a happy flower, it’s hard to be in a bad mood around them. I already have sunflowers at the end of all my rows, but I can imagine doing rows of Steve’s sunflowers!

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  502. Karen Gellert on

    I would plant them in my community garden for members and passersby to experience and enjoy, they are good conversation starters!

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  503. Kim Baker on

    Steve’s seeds will be safely planted in the fenced garden. Deer find the unopened heads of sunflowers quite delicious in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where I live.

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  504. Lisa Krzywda on

    I would plant them in my 90 yr old mother’s yard. She has decided not to grow vegetables in the ground any more due to her knees, and I think the spot she has available would be perfect for me to fill with sunflowers. She would absolutely love it.

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  505. Susan Parker Wells on

    We live on Camano Island, WA by the water. The sun and sunsets are amazing. I can see the reflection of that in Steve’s sunflowers.
    We also have all of Floret Farms books to help us along the way always!!

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  506. Sandra Abalos on

    I have many garden areas here at Paradise Pines, but would create a new garden specifically for Sunflower Steve’s seeds if I win. I name all my various gardens so when I make notes in my gardening journal, I can record where specific plants have found a home. “Sunflower Steve’s Spot” (or 3S for short) is what I would call this new garden.

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  507. Margaret S on

    Hi! What an amazing story Steve has to share! I would plant Steve’s magical sunflower seeds in my backyard garden in Indiana. I would plant them in memory of my sister Alice, who loved sunflowers. Their sunny faces would remind me of the fun and smiles she brought to life and how dearly she is missed. I would share the blooms with others who are missing someone they love. Thanks for considering me as a recipient of this generous gift!

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  508. Kris B on

    I would plant them in my garden in MN!
    Sunflower Steve doesn’t live that far from me!

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  509. Gloria Wilder on

    My tiny postage stamp of a backyard is a piece of paradise thanks to my ten lovely heritage hens, the koi pond my husband and I created and my love of growing a rainbow of flowers and vegetables. This year I thought I might try growing a cut flower garden and maybe generate some business by selling to local restaurants and at farmers markets…we will see. It will be more a trial this year I think. So I’m growing seedlings in my basement “laboratory” of a wide variety of annuals, perennials and tubers/Ranunculas. Every year I grow a hedge of sunflowers between my neighbor’s yard and mine because they are her favorites; so this year I would love to try some of Steve’s beautiful wonders go really give her a thrill. What an endeavor to breed a flower!

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  510. Rebecca R on

    Wow, I’ve never seen such beautiful sunflowers before. Thank you for educating me and sharing Sunflower Steve’s story. These beauties definitely deserve a front yard bed to stun and delight the neighbors. Cheers!

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  511. Brenda on

    I would plant these flowers outside my best friends kitchen window in a pattern of 60 so she could love them all the time and remember her 60th bday year. (after planting a couple for myself in my flower patch). Sunflower is her absolute favorite and and we have been friends for 54 years. Thank you!

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  512. Candace Hassinger on

    Delightful. You all make the magic of seed breeding seem possible. Maybe I’d plant these beauties out slide of the window of my office so my whole work community could move on them.

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  513. Liz Boyce on

    I would love to grow these sunflowers along the stone wall in front of our house and milk house.
    As people drive by our farm they could smile and enjoy the beauty of these rare beauties.
    We are fortunate to have taken care of this property which has been in the family for 59 years and
    hope to grow many varieties of flowers this year.

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  514. Itzia on

    I love sunflowers and would plant in my cut flower garden in my backyard. My goal is to grow as many sunflowers as I can this summer!

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  515. Barbara J Torrence on

    I’d plant in my little garden outside my kitchen window so I can watch them grow. I love sunflowers!

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  516. Glenda Seiders on

    I live on my family’s century plus farm in the lush (lots of rain snd, hopefully, summer sunshine) Willamette valley of western Oregon. Over the years everything from a huge eating garden for my growing family to flowers for the soul have blessed our ground. Now in my elder years I mainly grow zinnias and sunflowers. I am developing a cutting garden (long and narrow) to enjoy from my kitchen window. Your sunflowers would be absolutely perfect for the back of this garden. From gazing on them, to cutting and sharing with friends and then watching my birds enjoy them throughout the fall they would be a blessing. Keep up your most excellent work!

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  517. Hannah Thompson-Welch on

    I would plant them adjacent to the front of my high tunnel about 20 feet away. This way they woul be visible from my front porch and as cars pull in the driveway, they would be front and center. These sunflowers should be shared, for sure!🌻

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  518. Constance on

    Watching the different varieties of these flowers emerge under Steve’s care for the last few years has been so interesting. I hope to get some and plant them in my cut flower garden! 🌼

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  519. Amanda on

    I’m in Southern Oregon and would plant them in my home garden!! We have a large vegetable and flower garden that includes sunflowers every single year! They are our families favorite!! 💛🧡 And these are just sooo insane 😍😍

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  520. Vannessa Osbourn on

    I would plant them in my backyard sun garden. The pollinators just love sunflowers!!

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  521. janet hall on

    Your sunflowers are so wonderful!!! I have a small fenced in garden where I grow different flowers, and I always line the back of the bed with sunflowers.I make bouquets to take to our 2 local nursing homes and I know the residents would be overjoyed with these beautiful blooms. So would I!!!!

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  522. stephanie on

    Thankyou. I just want to say Thankyou for getting me hooked on Dahlias! I try very hard to find spots with enough sunshine for them! I think they would get along with sunflowers and I have already signed up for the newsletter. Those Sunflowers look amazing. How lucky to have the nickname of Sunflower Steve. All my blessings for the inspired work you do. Van Gogh would love you!

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  523. gcharker on

    These sunflowers are stunning. I’d share them with my son and daughter in law who live across the street from me and are dedicated gardeners, then plant the rest on the South side of our house near the chimney — the sunniest place in the yard.

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  524. Alison Bremer on

    When we were first dating 4 years ago my husband Jordan and I started a u-Pick half-acre of sunflowers on his Grampa’s farm in West Michigan, just as a fun hobby to do together, to share the abundance and beauty of flowers with friends and the community. Now, 4 years later we have expanded to two acres and have a thriving and fun u-pick flower farm of all kinds of sunflower varieties as well as other cut flowers! We would love to add Steve’s Van Gogh collection to our field!! (Bremerproduce.com)

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  525. Penny Dominici on

    You have such beautiful sunflowers. I especially like the reddish ones. They look so dramatic in the photos.

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  526. Kathleen Jackson on

    This will be my first year growing flowers with a serious backbone and real netting rows! I’ve tried for 3 years now to grow sunflowers outside my veggie garden but the slugs and critters enjoyed them more. The one single tall beauty became a tangled web in my wind spinner while I gazed with envy at my neighbor’s humungous county fair prize.

    We enjoy our neighbors, each dragging the other’s trash cans back from the road and although they built a beautiful matching pole barn it’s still a pole barn and not the gorgeous heritage tree that once stood between us. So we planted a nice hedge and some trees…but this year…I’m praying the 3 packets of Ruby Eclipse I’ve started indoors will survive nature’s challenges and grow to be my first row of jaw dropping glory!

    I can’t tell you how excited I was to secure these ruby sunflower seeds as I had never caught the sunflower bug until this ’23 workshop purchase. So, yes, “YAY!!” I have the sale noted on my calendar for Saturday and am hoping to purchase Steve’s personal journey seed collection and will plant them by our front gate so everyone may enjoy them.

    “Let the 🔆 flower shine on!” Keep sowing the love. 🦋

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  527. Linda Archibald on

    I would plant them in the bed outside my kitchen window so I could see their beauty through out the day.

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  528. Marie Mueller on

    When my mom passed away in May of 2020, I was really struggling. My husband could see that too. We had talked about planting sunflowers but every year we never bought any. We decided to pick some seeds up after she passed away to plant on the back edge of our yard. We had some volunteers come up from bird seed that year too, which I always say come from up above. The first sunflower opened on my birthday that year, felt like it was my mom giving me a happy birthday message. Now we are looking to expand and grow more of them. They bring such joy. I turned 40 this past year and instead of one flower, I had a whole bouquet in bloom on my birthday, another God wink from my mom.

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  529. Iris Shreve Garrott on

    I would love to share your glorious sunflowers with niece in Nashville. She loves sunflowers with a passion and her husband has the greenest thumb for a fact! I know he’ll tend your sunflowers for her in their garden of their new first home together.
    Thanks you for the joy you are bringing to the world!

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  530. Tanya Rasmussen on

    Oh the beauty of flowers! Thank you for connecting the dots and reaching out to Steve!

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  531. Kayla on

    I would plant some in my flower field behind my house and give some to each of my neighbors to plant so that the whole road could be beautiful. Love this story of God’s leading Steve to create beauty.

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  532. Samantha on

    We bought a home in the fall with 5 acres of plain, bare land that I can’t wait to fill. Sunflowers on a fence line is one of my favorite things.

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  533. Karen Meyerholz on

    I would plant them in my garden in Iowa and share some with Anna’s Cutting Garden across the county – because she is a better gardener than I am and these seeds deserve a pro.

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  534. Kathryn O’Brien on

    I would plant the sunflowers all throughout my vegetable and flower gardens! They are gorgeous!

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  535. Karen on

    I would plant them on my fence row. I’ve built a house on land that has been in my family for almost 100 years. These are beautiful!! I will be ordering some on the 1st but would love to win some as well.

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  536. Frauke Facchini on

    I have only a very small plot that I have used for cut flowers beginning last season because flowers give me and my circle of family and friends so much joy. I used to plant mostly vegetables with some flowers for the pollinators integrated into the beds and I use a mix of vegetables and flowers in several raised beds near our house. I would succession plant the sunflowers in the garden plot, close together to keep them from getting taller than our rules allow, and also plant them on the side of the house near the windows to enjoy them from inside the house. I have been following “Sunflower Steve” since Nicole from Flower Hill Farms introduced us to him, and I love his murals on Instagram.

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  537. Kate Shields on

    I moved from a farm in June 2020 to a small stone cottage overgrown withTree of Heaven and invasives. After back breaking clearing and liberal amounts of compost I replanted perennials and shrubs from my old garden but they lingered or died.Seeds would not germinate ,in desperation I scattered Sunflower seeds from the previous year and to my joy I had a forest of Sunflowers and beauty in my garden.It is still an ongoing project with raised beds for seeds and small areas still struggling but some natives are persistent.Steve’s collection are quite beautiful in form and color and I would love to grow them.

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  538. DebA on

    We have a couple of spots in our yard that host sunflowers in the summer. We enjoy the multi stemmed types, that attract birds to eat their leaves, as well as their seeds. I add them to bouquets of zinnias and dahlias, as well.
    These are gorgeous!

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  539. Josephine Blasi on

    I am a retiring, special ed assistant teacher, and have a teeny tiny flower farm on the side in Oregon City. My daughter, Sarah, of Selva Floral designs, uses most of the flowers that I grow for her wedding work. But she and I together have planted a wild flower garden, and a Cutting garden. I would plant the sunflowers in the cutting garden, where my grandchildren run through and freely pick flowers and my daughter and I dream about what could be…

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  540. Claudia Previn Stasny on

    I recently moved to the mountains above San Diego (Julian) and my yard is naturalized and a bit wild—these would fit right in. I’m developing both a beautiful rustic seating area in the “clearing” and also hope to map out a small labyrinth; these would be sentinels with the most perfect feel and vibe.

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  541. Velga Adamsons on

    I used to be an avid gardner, along with my mom. She inspired me to get out there each spring to turn over the earth in my planting areas and renew the area with flowers. Once she became unable to participate, my enthusiasm wore off, and I have been negligent in keeping the flowers growing for quite a few years now. Reading this interview is so inspiring and I can just visualize these amazing flowers along the fence separating my yard from my neighbor’s. A chance to share such beauty.

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  542. Cassandra on

    Last week I lost a dear friend. We had plans to grow flowers on her family farm. I would plant these on her farm for her children to enjoy.

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  543. Andrea - Fallen Tree Acres on

    This is so exciting! Sunflowers have always been my absolute favorite. I’m going into my first year as a cut flower farmer, and am inspired daily by you both. I will be growing 15 varieties of sunflowers for my customers, and some for just me. Having some of Sunflower Steve’s in this mix would be a dream! Im growing on a 62 acre regenerative farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains in Cleveland, GA. We have an on site market barn we plan to re-open this year where I will have both pre-made bouquets and a bouquet bar for people to create their own, with a selection of unique vases they have the option to purchase as well. I hope to also offer bundles and bucket loads to local florists. Thank you Steve for sharing your journey!! 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

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  544. Catherine Fulbright on

    I would plant them in my cutting garden and make beautiful arrangements for all to enjoy.

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  545. Lisa Majed on

    This is so generous of Sunflower Steve! I live in Texas and had some luck with Mexican sunflowers in my small backyard cut flower garden. This is my second year to garden and I would love the opportunity to try to grow these beautiful sunflowers.

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  546. Stephanie Gleeson on

    I would plant them on my sons property that completely burned in the 2020 wildfire in Sonoma county. they would bring something pretty to look at instead of the standing dead burned trees.

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  547. Kathie Brinkman on

    I have large mixed perennial gardens and a raised bed vegetable garden – I would plant Steve’s sunflower seeds along the fence, so that their heads lift up behind my dahlias and roses and other lovely flowers. Good luck with your seed business Steve! I’ll be following you

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  548. A Romualdo on

    My grandmother had a golden thumb. On the family dairy farm, her vegetable garden was beautiful, but her flowers were legendary. And yellow was her favorite color. In her later years she was unable to get out and upkeep and garden like she used to and her gardens fell into disrepair. Ten years me and my black thumb purchased the old family farm. I really really wanted to restore some of her beautiful flower gardens. It’s taken lots of work but it turns out I CAN grow sunflowers. I would love a chance to add your variety in her honor.

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  549. Ashley b on

    We just moved from California to Kentucky. We now have 6 acres where we have been clearing and seed starting to plant a large garden! My goal would be to do a ln organic market garden for our small town!

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  550. Jamie McMahon on

    I’d plant these amazing sunflowers in the front yard where they could be enjoyed by everyone walking by. These rare beauties are stunning! Thank you for introducing us to this hardworking farmer from Wisconsin.

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  551. Lara Manuela Austin Shoop on

    Due to my unpredictable health over the years my gardens have become almost nonexistent.
    But, sunflowers I know I can do. It always thrills me when a random sunflowers pop up from plantings in previous years
    I would love some of these 🌻

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  552. Susan Wehner on

    Last year, due to foot surgery for me, and a bicycle accident resulting in multiple neck fractures for my husband, there was virtually no gardening for us. Ok, I weeded from my walker when no one was looking, but for the most part we were prohibited from all outdoor projects. We sat every afternoon outside, overlooking my main flower bed, musing on flowers, garden pests, our first-ever dahlias, (inspired by Floret!) pesky weeds and what changes we would make for the summer of 2023. I would plant Steve’s sunflower seeds against the house, next to the bee balm. And this year, they and their garden companions would receive out utmost attention!

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  553. Sondra Warren on

    I started a cut flower garden two years ago and would love to add these beautiful sunflowers to my garden.😊

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  554. Carol Moore on

    What gorgeous flowers! I’ve got what is the very beginnings of a small cut flower garden in eastern Washington state. I retired a few years ago and gardening has become a wonderful hobby. I’m looking forward to planting some of Steve’s sunflowers!

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  555. Emily on

    We live in Atlanta and would plant these in our sunny backyard where our two little boys can watch them grow! Thank you for sharing this inspiring interview!

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  556. Connie Klingaman on

    I would plant them in my gardens I call The Flowery on Floweree, since I live on Floweree Drive, which couldn’t be a better address for me! I fell in love with sunflowers when I realized I could grow them way over my head even here in Montana. Pretty cool here with our short seasons. They’re a hit when garden tours and parties roll around.

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  557. Dede Petre on

    These sun flowers are exquisite! I always grow Sunflowers in my adobe courtyard here in New Mexico. They love the warmth and sunshine and do so well here. Thank you for sharing Steve’s story- so inspiring!

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  558. Kay on

    We have a magical Blueberry farm in central Illinois. Also Chestnuts, Pecans, Gooseberries, Figs and Paw Paws live in our little orchard. I’ve added peonies, and fingers crossed some cut flower production, thanks to Erin’s great guidance. I’m heading straight over to your site. I need your sunflowers here… Thank you Sunflower Steve, and mentor Erin for all you’ve done and shared.

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  559. Cheryl Wright on

    I have grown sunflowers for over 10 years. My neighbors and I have enjoyed them. Sunflowers always make me smile. I have used them in bouquets, as well as natural bird feeders. I would love to plant some of Sunflower Steve’s seeds in my garden.

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  560. Sherry B on

    Amazing colors in these beautiful flowers. If I were lucky enough to win these seeds, my husband would plant them along our fence in a border garden. We are a great pair, I am good at inspiration, research, acquisition and he does the implementation! Thank for introducing us to Steve.

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  561. Joanne Harrelson on

    I love these sunflowers. I would plant them in my front yard flower bed so everyone could enjoy them.

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  562. Caryn Weir on

    I would love to plant these gorgeous sunflowers in my garden in Bumpass Virginia. We love having sunflowers all summer. I love to do succession planting. It’s great for the birds and butterflies. I like to bring sunflowers to people at work for birthdays and to church for alter flowers. These sunflowers are spectacular! I would be honored to be chosen!

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  563. Diane on

    It is so generous of Sunflower Steve to share some seeds! I would plant mine amongst the other flowers I use to make flower bouquets that I share with my neighbors for free at a stand at the end of my driveway.

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  564. Stephanie on

    I’d love to plant these in my backyard!

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  565. Carol Luehring on

    I would love to plant them at our school with the children in my class, grades K- 2. Many are here at our learning center during the summer so they would be taken care of. It would be amazing and fun to watch them see all the different ways sunflowers can look

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  566. Jennifer on

    I would plant them in our front yard and create a sunflower forest for my children to play in!

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  567. Lynn Carlson on

    I’m in awe of the beautiful colors and form of the sunflowers and to know it was with a nudge from above that has all now enjoying their beauty! Love your story! Thank you!

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  568. Anna Hayden on

    I live in SE MN and would love to see that beauty everyday in my small flower garden in the backyard 🌻

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  569. Hillary E on

    We live in a family-filled neighborhood next to a small forested park with a beloved duck pond and long summer days. Neighbors constantly walk by, asking about flowers as the beds change throughout the seasons. I often give away jar arrangements to neighbors and cut flowers for neighborhood kids, so Steve’s sunflowers would be a beautiful addition to the mix. In a few years time, I plan to start a backyard garden coaching business using my own polycultural approach and I would love to encourage home gardeners to grow Steve’s blooms.

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  570. Katie Lorden on

    Where to plant these exquisite beauties? In my garden, along the fence that faces the west, towards Puget Sound; also, in our family’s garden where all four grandchildren can watch them grow (just like we are watching them grow); also, in my neighbor’s garden, where the sunflowers would nod toward the chickens who are providing the entire neighborhood with the best eggs on Whidbey Island!

    What a wonderful story, wonderful man. Thanks for the introduction.

    katieonwhidbey

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  571. Megan Bakken on

    I would love to plant Steve’s sunflower seeds in my little garden in N. Idaho. It’s not a big flower garden, as I mostly use the small garden I have for vegetables. But I have a space for flowers every year, and the sunflowers would look beautiful , and be lovely as cut arrangements in my home!

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  572. Jon Nash on

    Hi I would plant them along my drive so that they were the first thing people see as they come around the bend. It would be a huge impact set against the green of my eucalyptus trees that line the drive of my small farm and of course under the mostly blue Australian sky.

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  573. Breanne P. on

    I’m a high school floral arts teacher in the central valley of CA and have the pleasure of teaching roughly 130 students about the joys of flowers every day. I would have my advanced students plant the seeds at our small school farm where we have FINALLY started planning our own little flower farm to provide cut flowers for our program. This would be a great opportunity to show my students the process of growing the cut flowers from seed and provide flowers for them to enjoy and use in their own floral design projects.

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  574. Cara Vainish on

    These beauties would be in my front yard for the world to see!

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  575. Teresa Gill on

    I have a small, 250 square foot raised bed garden, where I plant both flowers and veggies. I would love to plant some of Steve’s flowers there. Every year I always devote a couple of those raised beds to sunflowers because I love them so much. Last year was the only exception, because I planted all the beds with Dahlias (Thank you Floret!) for my son’s October wedding here in Michigan.

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  576. Sarah on

    I would be honored to plant Steve’s special sunflowers in my home garden and share with my community!

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  577. Mara Poole on

    I would plant Steve’s beautiful sunflowers in the back of our main garden, wich will show from all angles of our house, street and kitchen. They would look especially stunning and gorgeous near our blue chicken coop, which is why I usually put our sunflowers there.
    I am totally floored by his sunflowers and cannot wait to try them.
    Thank you Floret for introducing us to our fellow neighbor!
    (we are in MN)

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  578. Sue C on

    I used to have a very private back yard, enclosed by mature oaks and birch trees. That changed last year in June when my area was hit with straight line winds. After having the trees removed I realized I had a brand new growing space! I am working on the layout of the 32′ x 48′ space (with much help from your resource section) while waiting for the snow to melt. The exposure is brilliant for growing flowers and veggies and I’m hoping my neighbors will enjoy all the color I’m about to add to our little postage stamp on planet earth. I would plant those lovely sunflowers at the back of the space and impatiently wait for their sunny faces to appear.

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  579. Jill Peterson on

    I would plant them in the field that is on the west side of our home! I tried to convince hubby to plant all sunflowers there two summers ago, but Covid hit…

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  580. Eileen Johnson on

    I live high on a hill in Northern Idaho surrounded by the forest with a view that is constantly changing with the seasons. Everyday is filled with natural green and blue landscape. Just that extra pop of the yellow and rust sunflowers in my garden would be living art!

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  581. Jana Bendawald on

    My garage collapsed under the snow we had this winter and we had to put up an ugly chain link fence temporarily until we can replace it and to keep my 4 legged pal in the yard. I would plant those flowers along that fence to provide beauty to me and my neighbors! Already have a bed there just waiting to be planted! Thanks!

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  582. Sessy Hazzard on

    We will plant them along with the other sunflower varieties that we grow for Farmers Markets this season. Very excited for summer weather and sunflowers!

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  583. Rhiannon Le Fay on

    I would plant them along with some Floret sunflower seeds I got earlier this year to really fill out the sunflower section of my small farm!

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  584. Jill den Hertog on

    How delightful. I can’t wait for his seeds to be available in Canada…BUT if I win I’d like them to go to my daughter, Vicki Bryson, who has a wonderful garden in Port St Lucie , Florida. The birds around her feeders would appreciate these flowers as well as the neighbours & family as they would go in both the front and back of the house. Since her stroke, gardening has become more important than ever. It’s a hobby as well as a challenge, and I believe she would be excited about these new sun flowers.
    Just in case her address is 2974 S.W. Collins Drive, Port St Lucie Fla.34953
    Thank you for your tireless & fascinating output for we hopeful green thumbs.
    Jill den Hertog

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  585. Kim Bowling on

    I would love to plant them at my micro suburban flower farm, even if it’s just to look at them myself! However I know my customers and florist would go crazy for them, and I would not be able to keep any for myself.

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  586. S. Leigh on

    I have not been successful with sunflowers due to squirrels digging the seeds and eating them. I hope to plant them in the metal water trough in front of the house by the picture windows facing west protected from birds and squirrels

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  587. Joyce Davidson on

    I would plant them around the back of my patio in the raised rock garden wall that my husband constructed. We also have bird feeders there and the birds and bees would love them too!

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  588. Robin Guy on

    We had a five acre horse pasture between our house and the road. We are converted the pasture into flower gardens, with beehives and birdhouses, to help pollinate it. I would love to add Steve’s sunflowers to the garden as a vocal point.

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  589. Joyce O on

    I’m going to be a first time grandma and I would love to plant some of your sunflower seeds in my backyard garden to show my new grandson how beautiful sunflowers are!

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  590. Stephanie Depina on

    Can I just say WOW …… I mean those sunflower pictures made my heart skip a beat !!! Completely inlove and I applaud your hard work and talent ! I am just starting my own cut flower garden this year (with my 4 year old daughter as my garden apprentice🤗), and I would be over the moon to add them and share them with my community I am certain everyone will fall in love with those beauties

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  591. Amanda Reid on

    My stepfather is a former farmer and an avid Sunflower lover. He currently is having problems with his eyesight (detached retina he’s had three surgeries for). I would plant these sunflowers under his kitchen window in hopes that this surgery takes and that he can see these beautiful sunflowers this Fall. These are absolutely stunning sunflowers Steve. It’s wonderful to see and hear someone walking in what God has laid before them as their path in life.

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  592. Cori Halterman on

    I live near Lake Powell, in Church Wells, Utah. I‘ve already started Autumn Glory and Teddy Bear sunflowers for our fence line and would be thrilled to see if I can create a cutting garden with your flowers.

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  593. Tracy Ruhs on

    I would plant them along the fence between my neighbors llamas and my cutting garden that I can see from my kitchen and living room windows!

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  594. Meredith Brown on

    I would plant Steve’s sunflowers in our sunny backyard outside my office window! They are so cheerful!

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  595. Becky on

    These sunflowers are so beautiful! I would plant them in front of my bow window and along the front porch so I could sit and enjoy them with my family.

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  596. Cherie Myers on

    My business, re: generations, offers Creative Arts & Wellness Workshops, primarily for youth in underserved areas. Through yoga, meditation and creative arts we find strategies for mindfulness and finding our calm in challenging situations. These gorgeous sunflowers would be a welcoming smile at each of the program sites. A reminder to find the beauty around us – what an awesome gift to share!

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  597. Teddi Koch on

    Last year we lost our over 200 year old burr oak. I would plant your beautiful sunflower seeds in her magnificent stump.

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  598. Liz on

    I love Sunflower Steve’s flowers. So gorgeous and graceful! I would plant them in my first cut flower garden along my driveway. And gift some to a dear friend who loves sunflowers!! Happy spring😘

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  599. Shari D on

    I would plant them next to my rose garden!

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  600. Susie Wantulok on

    My mom, Janet, turns 82 on April 10th! We live in rural Idaho. On the south side of our home (which is my Mom’s side), she has bird feeders. As a result of wild bird seed, she has volunteer sunflowers that cover a slight sloping yard. We think they are beautiful but can only imagine how beautiful Steve’s sunflowers would be gracing that area!

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  601. Tracy Duncan on

    I would plant Steve’s Sunflowers right outside our kitchen window. The birds will love them as much as I will.

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  602. Sally on

    When I built my house 5 years ago on a steep hillside above the McKenzie River, the lot was nothing but rock. Landscaping is very expensive in Oregon, and I came here from Oklahoma where gardening is very different. So I worked with a landscape architect to create a plan, and divided it into stages to spread out the expense. In the first stage we needed to hold the sunny south slope on the side of my house to prevent erosion, so he planted cotoneaster. It did the job, but I’ve grown to hate it. It’s gone crazy, and the birds don’t even like the berries. So I once again divided a project into stages, and the last 2 spring seasons I have removed 2/3 of the dastardly cotoneaster, replacing it with a variety of pollinator and bird friendly shrubs and flowers. This spring I have added a Golden Currant and a Saskatchewan Serviceberry for the birds, and I have started trays of your California Poppies and Cosmos inside to add to Love-In-The-Mist I will sow outside when it warms up (eventually!). I’ve never grown sunflowers before, but Steve’s beautiful double sunflowers are stunning, and I think they would make a spectacular addition to my replacement garden, and would be loved by pollinators and my neighbors alike.

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  603. Lorna Jones on

    Gorgeous! I love sunflowers & for the past several years have planted a couple of long rows (~150 ft) along the back of our property – we share a border with our church building. We have 2 6X6 planters in our front yard that I have spring bulbs in, but if I had Steve’s sunflower seeds, I would put them in those front beds for the world to see!

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  604. Paul on

    They would be beautiful in our walkway next to the house

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  605. Debi on

    Oh my Goodness!!!! What a beautiful read on a semi-cloudy day here in Illinois! Thank you Steve and Erin. WOW

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  606. Jeanine on

    I work in a daycare where my 3 and 4 year olds have their own vegetable and flower garden that they plant and care for themselves. They will be so amazed when they see these beautiful specimens!

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  607. Rose-Ann Gerdon on

    I would plant them in my back garden.my daughter would love them.

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  608. Kelly Nelson on

    I live in Kansas so naturally sunflowers are my favorite flower. I love all the varieties that have become available recently. I would plant them near my vegetable garden so I can see them from my kitchen windows.

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  609. Desiree Dean on

    These sunflowers are AMAZING and I would be honored to plant them on my small farm. I planted thousands of sunflowers last year along with my first ever dahlias and can’t wait to see how big of a section I can grow this year. I would love to start growing your varieties here in Northern Indiana!

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  610. Julie W on

    Sunflower Steve’s sunflowers are really something special! I would love to grow them here in rural western Kentucky. I live on a couple hundred acres of land that’s been in the family for decades and this is the first year that I’m dipping my toes into growing cut flowers. These sunflowers would be stunning in a plot I have that overlooks a pond.

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  611. Nancy A. Welch on

    I am in my 3rd year of flower farming. I live just outside of Billings, MT. Growing anything in Montana is a challenge so passion, patience and not fearing to fail are handy attributes for a flower farmer in this part of the world. We have a beautiful one-of-a-kind zoo in Billings that I am fortunate enough to take my bouquets to for the public and our local community to enjoy. I am also a volunteer at Yellowstone Arboretum located on the grounds of Zoo MT. I raise Sunflowers every year as part of my cut flower bouquet offerings. I plan to do the same this year. I hope to acquire these amazing seeds from Sunflower Steve. I plan to plant them in our many arboretum gardens for the visitors to enjoy. Also plant them in my farm for bouquets to be purchased through the zoo. Everyone loves the chocolate varieties. Seeing these beauties in a Teddy Bear type flower will blow people away.

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  612. Kelly Beach on

    These are beautiful! I would plant them outside our bedroom window for my husband.

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  613. Andrea on

    First, I would share some of the seeds with friends, who I know would be supportive stewards of the seeds and get them in the ground. This helps to spread their goodness to more people, places and pollinators that much faster. That would be about half the seeds (lol!) — why keep these beauties all to myself? I would then plant an assortment at a community garden that donates freshly grown produce to organizations assisting with local food insecurity. I always plant sunflowers every year to support wildlife and our irreplaceable pollinators, plus they make me smile! I enjoy blending vegetables with flowers and herbs. I view garden areas much like a multi-dimensional puzzle, growing beneath the soil, at the surface, and above with trellising… and the sunflowers would crown the top to attract beautiful bees and birds. Nature connect so much of our world. I couldn’t imagine a summer space without pollinators and sunflowers. Happy harvesting everyone!

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  614. Cheryl on

    This was so incredible to read! Thank you! I would plant the seeds in my front yard near the street. The sunflowers would do beautifully between my autumn sages and California bush sunflowers.

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  615. Valeria on

    I loved hearing about Steve’s journey to growing sunflowers! I would plant these seeds in my front yard to cheer up the neighborhood :)

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  616. Thomas Seale on

    Absolutely floe all the varieties of sunflowers Steve has created. All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.

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  617. Lacey on

    Thank you for sharing such beauty!
    I would plant these at my 95 year old grandma’s house so we could sit on the deck and enjoy them together.

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  618. Cathy Ouellette on

    I would plant the sunflowers next to our greenhouse in full sun and by the back porch to enjoy every day. My husband loves sunflowers.

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  619. Tiffany Borsch on

    Oh I’m in love! I would grow these flowers with 1st/2nd graders in our school garden. I am the science teacher/farm manager and have recently added cut flowers to our growing season! These would add to our eastern Pennsylvania magic!

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  620. Nancy G on

    I have a 1900s A-Frame swing. It sits in the sunniest part of my yard. What a striking show those sunflowers would be.

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  621. Kathy on

    I only have a small backyard garden but would love to plant sunflowers there. My daughter also has a beautiful garden area so I’m sure she wouldn’t mind if I shared some seeds with her.

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  622. Betsy Coppinger on

    I would plant Steve’s sunflowers in my apiary. The bees love sunflowers and I believe the sunflowers will love the bees! We have a large vegetable garden and share the bounty with our neighbors in our little community in central Arizona. We almost always have cut flowers to share as well. We plant sunflowers and zinnias, and having Steve’s sunflowers would be amazing!

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  623. Daren Blake on

    Under the snow covering our back bank lie many Floret seeds. To care for my husband (early onset Alzheimer’s Disease is taking its toll), we picked up and moved to Idaho. Instead of the standard rock filled landscape that all neighbors have, our back bank was left as bare dirt, a canvas for the wildflower meadow in my mind. It took some frustrating hours and sometimes lonely tears to amend that rock-hard soil and get the seeds in, but oh the wonder, how great the joy to see that wave of sunflowers and cosmos covering our 60 foot bank last year–glorious and bold. My husband and I have learned that there is great grace and beauty strewn along paths of sorrow. Steve’s seeds, by the grace of God, will be a living reminder of what we already know.

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  624. Robin Avenmarg on

    I would plant them in my veggie garden next to the corn.

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  625. Angela on

    I’ve always just planted a few sunflowers with not much thought. This just may have put the more thought in my head as to which ones I plant! I would love to win some of Steve’s seeds!

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  626. Anne on

    Ohhhhh myyyyy! Gorgeous! Can’t wait to buy some seeds!

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  627. Giselle on

    What a God given gift! Such rich beauty. I’d love the seeds to donate to Simple Promise farms, a rehab center that grows beautiful flowers to raise scholarship money. The local homeschool, church and music school enjoy a visual feast as they drive by the Farm🙏

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  628. Christina Verrette on

    I would put several on each side of my dooryard, and then guerilla plant the rest at my local library garden!
    (And I will def save the seeds for next year)

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  629. Kathleen Archer on

    These really are so different from most sunflowers – very striking! I have a new garden area, fenced to protect it from deer, where I will be growing vegetables and flowers for cutting. I plan to plant tall flowers along the inside of the fence to block deer from viewing the luscious vegies inside and sunflowers are on my list. Steve’s sunflowers would be a nice accent!

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  630. Monica on

    These are simply stunning! As for where I’d plant them, it would be wherever my kids popped them in the ground. Every year I hand over packets of sunflower seeds and let them go wild. Definitely not uniform, but such fun surprises to find when they pop up.

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  631. Susan Johnson on

    I love Sunflower Steve’s story! We bought a 21 acre farm last year in Indiana and used half of large garden to experiment growing a variety of vegetables and flowers including Erin’s Benary’s Giant Deep Red zinnias which were a big hit with family and friends. I also enjoyed the one variety of sunflowers and plan to add more varieties this year and hope to fill entire garden this year. I would plant Steve’s seeds in the garden which is located in plain view of the historic Nickel Plate Express train that runs fun excursions on weekends so that the passengers can enjoy them in addition to family and friends who come to visit.

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  632. Beth on

    I volunteer at the gardens of an agricultural heritage center. These beautiful flowers would be enjoyed by many visitors.

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  633. Terry Mckay on

    I would plant up against my 4’ white picket fence. I would enjoy them and so would my neighbors.

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  634. Theresa Camp on

    I love the beauty and cheerfulness that are sunflowers, I have a picture of a field of sunflowers as the screensaver on my phone. ( I took the pic at a local sunflower maze) If I win some seeds I would find a sunny spot in my front yard for Steve’s special sunflowers.

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  635. Kathy on

    I would plant them in a sunny field filled with bees, butterflies and birds where we plant sunflowers, zinnias, gladiolus and fall pumpkins. Sunflowers are such a happy flower that brings joy to so many. I’d be thankful to have the opportunity to plant some seeds and share these gorgeous sunflowers with others.

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  636. Lane Crabtree on

    Steve’s sunflowers are incredible and I’d plant them everywhere. 😂😂😂 Actually, my daughter’s backyard backs up to a senior care facility and several of their patios pare on that side of the facility. I’d plant them along her fence so my grandkids and the seniors could enjoy them. I’m over there a ton so I’d get to enjoy them too!

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  637. Jo L. on

    My son is to be married at the end of the summer and I hope to provide some of the flowers, combining my love for my son with my joy of gardening. These special sunflowers would grow beautifully in my father’s country garden.

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  638. Karen Behr on

    Karen
    What amazing color and texture variations, they would look lovely on the south side of my house that flower just love. They would also look amazing next to my lofted gardens. Great job!

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  639. Sophia on

    Wow, these sunflowers are truly unique and stunning! I would love to add them to my ever growing flower garden! It would bring so much beauty, and absolutely brighten each day… thank you so very much for the opportunity! 🌻

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  640. Renata on

    I would plant on my sunny borders so they can bring me joy everyday!

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  641. Cathy Kuhlman on

    I have a spot in my backyard where our pool used to be. My family had many happy memories in that pool as we watched our son’s and their friends play the summer away. The boys are long gone and the pool too, but I’d love to fill that space with flowers that I could share with others, as well as give that area a new special meaning.

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  642. Whitney KS on

    Wow! These are stunning! Thank you for the opportunity to win a couple of packages. I live on a corner lot on a moderately busy street near a city park. Since we moved here I have been working on planting gorgeous flowers in the area between the grass in my yard and the house. It gets full sun and sunflowers have thrived there. The best part about having flowers to tend to is that it brings birds, pollinators, and people to my yard. I have met so many of my neighbors and people out on walks because they stop to admire the flowers. It truly has been a wonderful way for me to grow my community and get to know the people around me. This was especially important to me during the pandemic. Now I grow enough flowers to give away a few bouquets per week. It is such a joy!

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  643. Beth McDermott on

    I would plant them in our flat field to make a fort for the kids in the neighborhood to enjoy while they grow, and then harvest them to give away to local businesses when they flower. 😍🌻

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  644. Beth Snively on

    I would plant them in my backyard right outside my kitchen window!

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  645. Dana on

    My garden has gravel pathways that roam throughout the yard. Deep maroon is a color I use as a contrast color throughout. Steve’s gorgeous dark sunflower mix would be the perfect contrast to the pale grey stones and purple and white flowers that accent my sunniest garden areas. I’ve used combinations of Floret sunflowers in the past and refer to this area as my bird buffet–though chipmunks tend to “crash” the party too. All are welcome!

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  646. Colleen on

    These would be planted in a small flower garden in Milwaukee, WI!

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  647. Lynn Hicks on

    I’m a community garden gardener and have been using sunflowers to hide a giant 5 ft high cement compost bin. People comment how lovely this is. I am excited to up the ante in the beautiful sunflower department!!

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  648. Robin Parsons on

    I would plant them along our back fence, close to where we buried our beloved lab in the fall. She loved coming outside to see the dahlias with me. I’ve been thinking about what I’d plant near her burial site. Steve’s sunflowers would be perfect.

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  649. sherry on

    Those beauties would be within our fenced area for our floret dahlias and vegetable garden. They would be the show of the neighborhood for sure. Our small garden has been slowly growing each year as I learn more about sustaining , pollinating, growing, and companion planting . I try to learn each time I have a flower survive or not. Teaching myself has been quit the challenge but I am taking it with much appreciation from our earth and current climate.

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  650. Nancy L Forsyth on

    I retired in November of 2022. For the first time in 40 plus years I will be able to spend the whole summer nurturing my garden, learning new skills and sharing them with the neighborhood. I plan on repurposing my front yard as a Sun Garden – to go with the rest of my garden that is shade based – lots of hostas. A center space is being reserved for sunflowers and others that are tall and bright – Steves flowers are an inspiration! And Dahlias – my new favorite from last year will surround them.

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  651. Lauren Christiansen on

    I live in a lovely community of townhomes and carriages homes filled with a variety of trees and shrubs, a pond and wildlife sharing our addresses. The homes are a light tan stucco and each has a matching, custom made fence
    topped with a charming circle on every picket that give the fences a brand of there own. The sunflowers will be planted all along the inside of my fence and grow above it looking out on a lush green common area for everyone to enjoy.

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  652. Julie Richey on

    My brother passed away unexpectedly in 1998. He was 22 and I was 19. We were just transitioning from siblings to friends. Sunflowers were his favorite flower because their faces always followed the sun. If I was lucky enough to win some of Steve’s seeds, I would plant them right outside my bedroom window so I could see them every day and be reminded to “face the sun”.

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  653. Aubree Heller on

    If I was lucky enough to have some of these exceptional sunflowers, I would plant them in the garden between our house and stable, in honor of my daughter who is graduating in May. One of my fondest memories is watching my kids play under the sunflowers in our yard when they were young; having tea parties and reading books in the shade of these amazing plants! My daughter has been growing flowers since she was quite young and loves giving bouquets to people and selling them at our roadside stand. Thank you for an interesting article and inspiring story!

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  654. Joan B. on

    My church is going to experiment with a small community garden this spring. I would plant them along one edge of the garden, then use the flowers in arrangements for our church building or share with the other gardeners.

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  655. Karen on

    I would love to add these sunflowers in my backyard flower garden. The variety of colors and height would add interest and texture to the garden.

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  656. Wendy Holmes on

    I live in upstate NY and love to plant Sunflowers! I start mine outdoors in the beginning of May. We live in a suburban neighborhood and I love when I can hear kids talking to their parents on their walks about my flowers. This is how I began my love for flowers, talking with my mom and Grandpa. I feel planting them and the process in general brings all these memories present. I feel like my flowers are a gift to others. Last year we took down our pool as my own kids are now adults. We spent the summer hauling 22 yards of dirt and compost by hand to fill in the space. I have now an amazing vegetable garden in the pools place. Even though we have technically reached the Spring season, in NY we still are having occasional snow fall. On the warm days I cant wait to get out to the garden after work and add mulch and compost. Dreaming of what will be grown in just a few short weeks. I plan to plant Sunflowers and Zinnia’s around the garden boarder to encourage the pollinators. I will grow them from seeds I saved from the last few years harvest. I have even given my Sunflower seeds as Christmas gifts to help others enjoy the joy and beauty at their home. My mom is a big seed saver and has helped me learn the value of saving my own seeds. The addition of these new seeds would be a great addition and bring happiness to many.

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  657. Nancy Thomsen on

    I would plant Steve’s beautiful sunflowers along a fence that separates our home from the Napa River. We eat dinner outside in the summer, and the flowers and the water would look so pretty together!

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  658. Diana on

    I live in a 1940 red cottage. I would plant them on the side of the garage and to the patio. This is where we sit and watch the hummingbirds and other wild life that come to visit the garden.

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  659. Mary Berg Lass on

    These sunflowers are gorgeous & so unique. This year will be my first year selling flowers & I would love to add these sunflowers to my garden. I am a Minnesota master gardener & was raised in a family that loved playing & planting in the dirt. I have passed this love of gardening on to both my daughters & recently to my 5 year old grandson – he’s my best helper! ( the bigger the seed the better!) 😊 Thank you for considering my request for seeds!

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  660. Katherine Ball on

    I would plant them in my mother’s African garden in memory of my brother and her loving son who so loved our natural world. I would also plant some randomly at my flower farm in Bozeman Montana. I call them the guardians of the farm. They bring me luck and happiness.

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  661. Heather Short on

    I live in a suburban home in Southern California. My lot is small and the backyard has too much shade, but the front of my house gets all the sun, thus all of my flowers. I can wait for Steve to release his seeds. I’m excited have all of my neighbors see these beautiful sunflowers.

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  662. Jan Taylor on

    Sometimes life surprises us with new beginnings. I find myself at 69 years old to grow my first cutting flower garden. I stumbled across Floret Flowers and her wonderful journey. I have learned so much from Erin. Her books are my inspiration and my dream. When I read this article on Steve and his Sunflowers I felt touched by something up above. The photographs are incredible. Plus what a wonderful man to find a way to support his family when times were not the best. . If I win great.. if not those seeds are coming home to Oregon. Bless you all, Jan taylor

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  663. Stacy Lamountain on

    We just removed some old/dying trees in our front yard. I would plant them there as I am going to no-till that area and just continue the flower beauty I have started. We also have a community garden I would donate some of the seeds to as well.

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  664. Claire Deibert on

    I’d plant them right in front of my parents’ east facing windows so they can see the sunflowers follow the sun West every day!

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  665. Betsy on

    Just started a cutting garden in my side yard after traveling to a site for a few years. I am so excited to get started. I would plant them and share with my community🌻❤️ They are gorgeous!

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  666. Jenni Stuart on

    I’d love to plant them in our sunny backyard! My daughter and I just love watching our sunflowers grow all summer long.

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  667. Sarah Brooks on

    My 6 year old grand daughter has her own raised bed in the back yard just for flowers to cut and enjoy… I would give them to her to add to her beautiful collection that I will get to enjoy as well.

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  668. Mary Foster on

    Thank you, Steve and Erin. I had no idea there was such a variety of sunflowers. I live in a 55+ community and we own our home but else the land. However, our land owner is a landscape architect and allows us common gardeners to do whatever want. There were a lot of established shrubbery on our lot but I have been able to make beds around then and other places as well. My front yard gets the most sun, so that is where I would plant them and they would also been seen by all my neighbors.
    Thank You
    Mary Foster

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  669. Sharilyn on

    I would plant Steve’s sunflowers in the area designated as Grand Children’s Garden.
    Increasing numbers of precious moments are spent in that area as the kids create bokays for their Mothers, Teachers and even for them selves. Problems seem to fade away in the garden. Best time out location ever. Keep Planting!

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  670. Joni Springer on

    I ve never seen such beautiful flower arrangements.
    I live across the street from a small town golf course in Forest Lake, Mn. I love to plant them in a bed that I now have hostas in.
    Thank you

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  671. Imee Ritchie on

    As an Asian Flower fan I am in awe with all the beautiful Sun Flower varieties! ❤️ These are all new and amazing to me. Words cannot express how thankful I am just by admiring the photos of all the Flowers. Thank you!

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  672. Tori on

    I live I a rental that has some lovely landscaping but very little room to grow flowers for cutting. I can’t add additional growing space in the yard as it’s not my property. Most things I have grown are cut flowers that can handle being in large pots on my porch. BUT there is one little patch of ground that gets beautiful sunlight and can support a little veggie garden. I’d plant these lovelies along the back of the garden against the fence where they can tower above the tomatoes and attract all kinds of beneficial friends!

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  673. Karin Gehrke on

    I currently let sunflowers grow wherever they want to as it took me years to get any going at all! I would plant Steve’s seeds in the front garden so all the passers-by could enjoy them. And I would plant them next to the garage, which is an old horse barn of sorts and painted blue. Thanks for this amazing opportunity. Since the drawing isn’t until the 10th, I’m going to go ahead and purchase some on the 1st when they are available!

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  674. Coryne Legare on

    My baby boy is due any day now. I have visions of planting these incredible sunflowers along the window just under his crib. In the sweet July air, we’ll see dancing sunfowers outside his window, and together we’ll thank Sunflower Steve!

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  675. Debra H on

    I would plant these in my orchard meadow near my bees nestled at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range in Sonoma, California.

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  676. Mary on

    Such GORGEOUS blooms!! If I won, I’d plant them in my yard (may need to remove even more grass for them though haha) I’m a Newborn Photographer, so I’d definitely have to use SOME of the beautiful blooms with a fresh squishy baby or two. The rest I’d bring indoors for my family to enjoy, nothing beats fresh cut flowers 🌼❤️🌼

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  677. Debbie on

    I would plant these along the driveway for cheery, beautiful daily greetings! =)

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  678. Deb Delaney on

    Our place, Talahi Ranch, is in the sunny foothills of central California. It is a beautiful 22-acre ranch where I have a small cut flower garden and I grow my favorite flower, “SUNFLOWERS” just for myself to enjoy and share with my neighbors and the local community senior center. Steve’s Van Gough mix will be a wonderful addition to my garden and throughout my front yard where I have a pollinator and wildflower garden!

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  679. Susan T. on

    What a wonderful story! My daughter-in- law and I love sunflowers! Years ago, my kids and I planted a ‘sunflower house’ after reading the book The Sunflower House. I would plant Steve’s sunflowers in my flower bed!

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  680. Angel Taylor on

    I have the perfect spot in front of a broken fence in my backyard. Someone once told me I was lazy for not fixing it in a comment I made about it, but I just love the uniqueness of it, and lol, I said, “maybe I am.” The beauty and unique qualities of these flowers would pair perfectly together with the love of my fence.

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  681. Liz Murphy on

    During the pandemic my husband and I became porch sitters like Ma and Pa Kettle. We enjoy the weather and greeting the people passing by. Sunflowers would add so much joy to the scene and these are spectacular.

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  682. Mara Atherton on

    I would plant these in a terrace community garden at my University’s Clinic for the patients to enjoy. It just seems like a beautiful way to add light to someone’s day.

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  683. Melanie on

    Growing these gorgeous flowers would be a dream! My birthday is on April 10th and having a chance to grow Sunflower Steve’s would be the best present.
    My garden is focused on tomatoes; I grow rare heirloom varieties for eating and sharing seeds. Nearby flowers really help with boosting the garden yields, so I would plant them right next to them! Thanks for the chance!

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  684. Debbie Kennedy on

    What amazing sunflowers Steve has developed.! We recently retired and moved from Missouri to Oklahoma to be closer to our children and grandchildren. We have had to start all flowers and gardens over after 43 years of establishing our previous yard, garden and acreage. When we bought this property there was not one tree or bush. We didn’t even see any birds until we started feeding them. We now have several trees, bushes, flowers and birds! I would love to add Steve’s beautiful sunflowers to my yard! Happy planting season to all my fellow flower lovers!!

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  685. Meg on

    Definitely in my backyard where I can enjoy them all season long!

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  686. Muiread on

    I’d love to plant these along the fence in my front yard. It’s a perfect sunny spot! These sunflowers are magical!

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  687. Patricia Burton on

    I have just recently fallen in love with sunflowers!! I’m not sure where they’d been all my life lol. I would plant them in my backyard, in my late mother’s garden, to remind me of all the sunshine she brought into our lives. And yes neighbors would be able to enjoy them🥰

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  688. Meg on

    I first heard about sunflower Steve and another podcast called flower Hill Farm. I thought his sunflower looked amazing! It would be awesome to plant some of his seeds in my cut flower garden in my little town in Virginia.
    God bless you all!

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  689. Linda Zbarcha on

    I would plant those beauties in my cut garden which I am planning for this summer. I have several small gardens and a dahlia patch and decided to go for it and plant a cut flower garden this year. These sunflowers would look awesome with some of my cut flower seeds from Floret as well as my dahlias. Happy planting to the winner!

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  690. Alison on

    I would plant them all in front of my house where people would see them when they drive by. If they asked about them I would tell them about Steve a flower farmer and how they could get them.

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  691. Kristin on

    How beautiful! I would squeeze them in somewhere in my front yard veggie garden. :) I always mix flowers in everywhere I can fit them and these are just stunning.

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  692. Crissy on

    I’ve been following Steve on IG for some time and always thoroughly enjoy his stories. I would love to plants Steve’s seeds in my cut flower garden to share with my customers. They are gorgeous!

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  693. Erin on

    I’d love to plant some on the back side of my garage, and maybe the side of my house as well – they are so cheery!!

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  694. Joy Collazzi on

    Thank you for featuring Steve and his flowers, I love reading and hearing about people who are doing wonderful new things in gardening – and of course, Caroline – her photography is beautiful!! I have herbs and different flowers in my garden, and planning a vegie garden area right now. There is a 1/2 acre of bare land right outside our windows, and have been planning to make it all Sunflowers to look at each day, and sell bouquets – so hopefully, Steve’s flowers will be the 1st settlers on this land in Texas.! :)

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  695. Stephanie on

    These are stunning, thank you for sharing Steve! (: I would plant these on the back edge of our yard, where we have a small waterfall-style fountain.

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  696. Tina Keegstra on

    I will be growing them in my backyard and enjoy them on my patio w sunshine and warmer temperatures 🌞🌻

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  697. Harley Brown on

    These are so stunning! I would clear out some of our trees just to be able to plant a row or two of these gorgeous sunflowers! And just far enough apart so the kids can run through them and enjoy beautiful sunflowers over their heads like I got to fo while I was younger:)

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  698. Kristin on

    I’d love to plant some sunflowers in my front yard. I live by a school and there are always families walking up and down the sidewalk and sunflowers do so much to bring a smile and beauty to people.

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  699. Arm3235 on

    We have a small city garden. Raspberries line the street—always stopping passersby. Wouldn’t these gorgeous sunflowers do the same!

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  700. Holly on

    These sunflowers are absolutely stunning! I have a bird friendly front yard flower garden with plants that provide seeds and nesting materials–chemical free! I would plant these gorgeous flowers next to my birdbath for all to enjoy–birds, pollinators, lizards, and neighbors!

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  701. Jordan on

    Oh my gosh!! What an incredible mix! I would plant them all along the back fence of our 1-acre property. They would give a bit of privacy as well as some shared beauty for us and anyone driving by. I had already planned to plant sunflowers there and I can’t imagine anything more perfect than a crazy mix of all of these gorgeous varieties!

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  702. Janice Roberts on

    Walking around my property (in upstate NY which is about 5 1/2 acres) with my grandchildren (ages 6, 6 and 2 1/2) is like winning the lottery everyday! To watch their expressions when they see flowers growing from the ground in all colors, makes them really appreciate nature. Especially all the butterflies and honey bees around them! It’s also a great way of teaching them about what it takes to grow these beautiful flowers. My grandchildren would be THRILLED (and so would I!) if they received some of Sunflower Steve’s sunflowers!!!!! They would have so much fun planting them and watching them grow!

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  703. Susan Supranowicz on

    I would plant them near my vegetable garden. I am expanding my garden so that I can bring extra produce and flowers to a local food bank.
    I have been following sunflower Steve from learning about Steve from Nicole from flower hill farm.

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  704. Megan on

    These flowers are beautiful! I am also from Wisconsin and my girls and I would love to grow these in our cutting garden we are adding this year. They started making bouquets last year from the flowers we grow around our 30×50 veggie garden, they loved to bring them in and to give them to people. I think these would make a great addition to their requested cutting garden this year!

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  705. Robin Mendoza on

    After 31 years as a rural letter carrier I am about to embark on retirement. I am turning “yard” into garden as I anticipate spending time in nature, enjoying native wildlife, and being a better steward of the land. I would be honored to plant your sunflower seeds in my new garden.

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  706. Shaun on

    I’ve enjoyed following Steve’s story and really LOVE that he’s Wisconsin! I live on the Lake Michigan side of the state and would love to grow some of his sunflowers in one of the wildflower/prairie areas of our woods property in Door County.

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  707. Mary Dondlinger on

    I started growing annuals last year after completing the Floret workshop. I live at the bottom of a hill in a residential neighborhood that used to be farmland when I was a kid. I would plant them along my back lot line so that I and a good portion of my neighborhood could enjoy them. They are stunning!!

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  708. Cindy Hildenbrand on

    Love the beautiful sunflowers that Steve has. I would plant them on our garden edge for all the neighbors to see.

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  709. ToryG on

    I’ve followed along with Steve’s journey for a while and I’m so excited for the chance to grow these beauties in my garden. They are so dreamy!

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  710. Vivian S on

    We have an above-ground garden consisting of 6 colorfully-painted water troughs. We plant vegies, flowers, including sunflowers, etc. These would be perfect for your sunflowers! I hope to be able to purchase some of your seeds. They sound wonderful! We live in northern California.

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  711. Julia Burnett on

    I would plant the seeds in a field near my parents house where my Dad was always growing something.
    Thank you for finding and sharing these real-life examples.

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  712. Neel inJesus on

    That’s a wonderful journey with mesmerizing output. Well done ‘Steve the Sunflower man!’

    I’m from Mumbai- India. A enthusiast gardner- nature lover. Don’t know much about sunflower gardening but surely want to give a try.

    I’m in Love with those beautiful- never seen before sunflowers!!

    Great Steve! Keep the great work going!! God Bless!!! 👌👍💐🙌🙏😇

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  713. Susan Wright-Miller on

    Caroline’s arrangements with complimentary flowers on the tables are amazing!! I would love to plant some gorgeous sunflower seeds in my west garden in Ada, Michigan, where all our neighbors could appreciate them on their evening strolls.

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  714. Julia Burnett on

    Sunflower Steve’s story inspires me to never give up on planting my seeds. Every little sprout gives me hope, not just for the beauty of the flowers but hope for the future.
    Thank you for finding and sharing these real-life examples.

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  715. Keli W on

    I would plant them in my back yard and watch the goldfinches snack on their seeds in the fall!

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  716. Marge Davey on

    I live in a community where there are tons of people who walk the neighborhood and my garden is “out there” for all to see. I get many questions and comments about my garden and would love to add some sunflowers to the mix. It’s a small garden but I love it and enjoy seeing and hearing comments from neighbors as they pass by.

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  717. Rosie Penning on

    Oh my, what beautiful sunflowers! We recently moved into a much bigger space with 3/4 of an acre. I am cultivating my first real cutting garden (which has many sprouting seeds from Floret!). These sunflowers would make a great addition to that and the bouquets I look forward to making. I’m also an oil painter and I often take photographs of my flowers for a painting.

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  718. Julia Burnett on

    Sunflower Steve’s story inspires me to never give up on planting my seeds. Every little sprout gives me hope, not just for the beauty of the flowers but hope for the future.

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  719. Elaine Phillips on

    We have a back yard that is ideal for sunflowers…. I would plant them there!

    Here’s a little history with sunflowers: More than a decade ago (could be almost 20 years ago now that i think about it) my husband who at the time was into vegetable gardening grew some deep dark red sunflowers (Moulin Rouge) that were unusual at the time and quite the envy of the garden expert next door. She wanted those sunflowers so badly! But we had no more of the ‘Moulin Rouge’ seeds to share. We had meant to save some from the flowers but our daughter took the cut flowers to school for show & tell and her teacher loved them so they stayed at school and we didn’t get to harvest any seeds.

    We never planted them again but I have been thinking about them recently and then this article showed up in my mail! I think it is meant to be!!! :)

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  720. Brooke Clapp on

    I would love to plant some sunflowers in a maze like pattern for my daughter to play in this summer 🥰

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  721. Lacey on

    I would plant the sunflowers in my pollinator garden in
    my backyard! Loved this interview!

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  722. Laura K. on

    i’ve followed steve’s journey for a few years myself, and missed out on his fundraiser sale a few years back. i was so bummed & had to come to the realization that it would be many years before i had the opportunity to grow his sunflowers. it has been exciting watching him “bloom” from his role at his cut flower farm, to where he is now.

    if i had the opportunity to plant his lemon drop mix & van gogh’s fantasy mix for pleasure, i’d plant the lemon drop mix on either sides of my front door, which is a deep royal blue. i feel it would contrast their feathery lemon petals just enough. i would plant the van gogh’s fantasy mix in my backyard along my fence, as they’d get the most sun there and attract tons of pollinators—just inside the fence line, i have a huge native/pollinator garden, and my zinnia isolation breeding field is just beyond that.

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  723. Lindsay on

    Those are really special! I have a 7 ft tall squash tunnel/trellis and I like to plant sunflowers at the tunnel entrance.

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  724. Marie Eulensen on

    Steve’s sunflowers deserve a prominent place in my garden – of course near my swimming pool in my cottage garden, and also in my cut flower patch. I will start them out in my greenhouse and baby them along.

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  725. Jill Wittig on

    These sunflowers are such a party! I would plant them among the dahlias

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  726. Annie Ensz on

    Steve’s sunflowers would be planted on the slope where I dream of having cozy backyard picnics. From my back door I would be able to look over their vibrant blooms to see the sunrise gleam on the river reflected in their glowing hearts.

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  727. Tori on

    How beautiful and unusual! I’d love to see these sunflowers greet me and my neighbors each morning scattered through my front yard. Thanks for sharing!

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  728. Keri Alexander on

    I first caught onto Sunflower Steve when I started following Nicole at Flower Hill Farm a couple years ago. Last year, I retired from a thirty-one year newspaper career and started my own cut flower business, Sunshine Flower Farm in North Idaho. I am a graduate of the Floret Online Workshop 2022. After watching Growing Floret numerous times, purchasing and reading all of Erin’s books…I felt a nudge from God to register and learn more about growing cut flowers as a business. I have been container gardening for decades and it’s brought so much joy to our family. My farm started with three 50′ long raised beds and this season it will grow to seven 50′ long beds. It would be a divine opportunity to grow Steve’s gorgeous and unique sunflowers for my florists, but also to incorporate them into our own garden landscape for family, friends and neighbors to enjoy.

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  729. Luann Summers on

    I would love to plant some of these beauties !! And they would look gorgeous near our old 19th century red barn😍

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  730. Joanna Guglielmino on

    Since I live in south Puget sound on an island, I would start the sunflower seeds under lights, harden them off, and then plant them as far from the shoreline chilly breezes as possible. Behind our garden shed and near the street is a protected area that is about 5 degrees warmer than the opposite side of our 1 acre lot.

    Our garden has good bones of trellises and fences, old rhododendrons, lots of hydrangeas, grasses and perennials. We alos have a vegetable lot and a small plot of cutting flowers.

    Thanks for introducing Steve to us!
    Joanna

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  731. Tiko on

    Are those pink sunflowers?! So fun! My garden still has three feet of snow on it, so I’m thinking we’ll be late getting sunflowers planted this year. These would go into my greenhouse to make sure they get enough days to bloom in my short summer.

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  732. Marcy on

    This is why I love Floret! You are always so eager to share your knowledge with the up-and-comer. With many thanks to you, I have “grown” my own knowledge of flower growing and this year I’m planning several wildflower gardens – I just have a bag of seed and will throw them out in a couple of places to see what comes up. I have an “artsy” side so love, love, LOVE arranging – and I’m a photographer so I’ve posted a few of them for friends who seem to appreciate them. I hope my wildflowers will afford me many more arrangements this summer! Thank you for your inspiration and also to Steve for sharing his very interesting and beautiful discoveries!

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  733. Laura Stone on

    I would plant these beautiful sunflowers in the bed just outside of my back door so every morning, it would be the first beautiful flower I would see.

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  734. Mimi Parr on

    At 72, I am relatively new to flower farming. Nearby, at my daughter’s flower cart, I sell tulips in bunches during April through mid-May to benefit my grandson’s college education fund. That leaves my raised beds unfilled from June1st through the end of summer. That’s where I would love to plant Steve’s VanGogh Fantasy Mix and Lemon Drop Mix – some for pollinators, some for sale on the cart and some for my own pleasure!

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  735. Jeanne Nation on

    I would plant the sunflowers right by my garden house so everyone that comes over would see them as they stroll through the garden.🌻❤️

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  736. Luke McGlynn on

    Simply gorgeous. Will plan to import some of these sunflowers to Kansas to show locals how it is done in Wisconsin.

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  737. Sarah on

    Wow! These are GREAT! Way to go Steve! I’d plant these out near our barn.

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  738. Heather Polcin on

    These flowers are absolutely stunning and I’d love to plant them in our yard here in WI not only for their beauty, but to help my husband’s honey bees!

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  739. Christy Knights on

    I have loved sunflowers for as long as I can remember. I just recently discovered Erin and Floret and I am humbled to know people such as her and Steve want to help others and nature with complete selflessness. I am now 45, I have been there for my children and for my husband and his military career. Now, I hope my turn is almost here. I would be incredibly excited to receive any of Steve’s sunflowers to help in this journey. This spring we will be tilling some new flower beds on the acre that lay behind our house. I’m not sure where my journey will go but I have a good feeling about it. I will make sure sunflowers are in this garden no matter what. I’m sure my daughter will make sure the chipmunks and birds are happy this fall when we leave some seeds behind as well. Thank you for the stories, and the information about all the beauty blooms have to offer.
    Christy Knights
    Winterport, Maine

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  740. Pat DeForest on

    The sunflower is the flower that I can grow successfully, some reach a height of over 12 feet! It’s so exciting to see beautiful, new varieties soon to be available.

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  741. Cheryl Loper on

    What an incredible story that shows not only live of flowers, but tenaciousness. What one person can do when they put their mind to it! I’m a farmers daughter and so lucky that just a tiny bit of dad rubbed off on me as he grew beautiful vegetable gardens. Mom first and then I later would join her in putting up that produce by the hundreds of jars and containers. He was especially known for his sweet corn! I live in a log home way out in the country and at my happiest when my hands are in the dirt! Wouldn’t these gorgeous sunflowers be a wonderful addition?🥰

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  742. Tiffany Mentzer on

    Our family farm in Ohio would love this addition. We host farm camp for 6-12 year olds, sunflowers are a big hit in the garden each year with campers. These would be extra special!

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  743. Linda Boblett on

    I would plant Steve’s wonderful sunflower seeds at Hovander Homestead park, our Whatcom County master gardener’s demonstration garden. The park is visited by thousands of people who could enjoy Steve’s beautiful flowers!

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  744. Sarah on

    Beautiful story. I would plant my sunflowers, together with my kids, in the yard of our new home in the UP. We are really looking forward to gardening and landscaping this year, and would love to try some of these sunflowers.

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  745. Ann ONeill on

    Thanks for posting this article on Steve and his beautiful sunflowers 🌻. We have a small farm in Washington State. We grow fruit and veggies for a local Farmers Market. Pollinators are a big deal to us, so big in fact, we give away mammoth sunflower seeds every Spring to bring awareness to the plight of pollinators and how important they are to growing the food we eat. I would love to try a row in our veggie garden. I think these special flowers will help bring awareness to a cause we hold near and dear to us here on the farm.
    Ann/Cottage Gardens

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  746. Cathy on

    I would plant them with my kiddos both in our main garden as well as in our prairie fields 🌻❤️

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  747. Tina Luz on

    I am one of the volunteers at the Gering Community Ever Green House in Gering, NE. Last year we had three amazing local metal artists design and build a large art piece that had to be about pollinators, either the plant or the insect. They made amazing, beautiful, huge statuary which were permanently added to our space. This year we are completing the south side of the greenhouse property, where the art is, to include numerous raised beds with native perennials. We have some space there that I would love to plant Steve’s sunflowers! They are so beautiful and would add so much to our space. Thank you for sharing his sunflowers! Steve’s Sunflowers have such amazing color!

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  748. Gabrielle on

    I would plant them in an area behind my poultry coop here in NW Montana.

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  749. Lisa R Richey on

    Thank you for sharing Steve’s exquisite sunflowers! I thoroughly enjoyed hearing his flower-filled story. We purchased our first home in the past year, and I am having a lot of fun making the flower beds, vegetable garden and other landscaping aspects our family’s vision of urban gardening abundance. These sunflowers would be welcomed with joy to join all the other visual and edible beauty that we call home.

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  750. Erin Lien on

    We just moved into a new home that needs some personality! I would plant these in our back yard along a shared fence to beautify the space as well as drawn in pollinators for our vegetable garden :)

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  751. Robin Duggins on

    So cool! I would plant them with all the other seeds I’ve started…… it won’t be long before they’re ready for the garden! Hoping to sell some flower bouquets this summer!!

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  752. Leslie Otto on

    We are in our second year of growing cut flowers for market. Right now they are mainly bouquets at some retail stores and a farmer’s market. We had many failures our first year but our sunflowers where a big success both in growing them successfully and our customers loving them. We grew about 25 different varieties, both single and branching and people were excited to see something besides the big yellow/orange sunflowers that are mostly available.. We our increasing the number we are going to plant this year by about 5xs. If we were to win some of Steve’s amazing seeds I would plant them in out sunflower field and because there would not be a lot of flowers they would be whisked away into a beautiful vase and onto my dining room table!

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  753. Christof Bernau on

    What an amazing collection of Sunflowers and incredible labor of love. I would love to plant Sunflower Steve’s sunflowers here on the UCSC Farm and Garden where they would be seen and enjoyed by the campus community, our partner organizatons (and their audiencecs) Food What?! and Life Lab, and the wider Monterey Bay community who come to visit the farm.

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  754. Kim Broshes on

    I would grow them in front of our house. My husband gave me part of a field to grow sunflowers. I do a small cut flower business and love the sunflowers! Would love these varieties, to add to our patch!

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  755. Mardell Gunn on

    Here in Southeast Alaska we do not get enough heat and sun to make all sunflower thrive, however some years are better than others and some varieties do better. Climate change so far has been advantageous to sunflower growing here Last year I had several plants that grew 15 ft tall AND had a flower on top. My personal favorite sunflower are the Teddy Bear varieties. I love the color variety in Steves sunflowers and I look forward to trying to get them to flower here.

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  756. Gail on

    I would plant them along the borders of my garden! Really, anywhere & everywhere I could!

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  757. Angela on

    My son discovered a love for sunflowers a couple of years before he went into the military at age 19 year old. I’ve planted them as often as I can since then. We have a neat old windmill and I plant the sunflowers under it.
    Your sunflowers are beautiful, Steve! So glad God led you do this…what a blessing!

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  758. Michelle Tallon on

    Our church was built on an old dairy farm so all of our buildings are rustic – think corrugated metal, bits of rust and heavy timbers. We have a morning service outside and these would be outstanding planted next to the creek and barns that we pass by on our way to ‘The Grove’. We also have our ‘Eden Garden’ on the property where we grow food for the food insecure, these would we an excellent addition not only for us to enjoy as we work but for cut flowers that we grow for local nursing homes and the VA.
    Thank you Steve for your hard work to bring these to fruition, they are beautiful!

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  759. Sarah on

    My family and I recently moved from our family’s farm into the city in order to start up a community center. I miss raising my boys out in the country and spend a lot of time being intentional in how my boys interact with nature. I also have been educating neighbors in our community on gardening while I’m teaching my boys. Soon I hope to start a gardening program at the community center! I would love to use the seeds to help create an eco friendly backyard space for my boys as well as use some seeds around the patio of our community center so our neighborhood can enjoy them too!

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  760. Linda on

    I would plant Steve’s sunflowers throughout my garden beds. One bed is along my front porch. It is planted with a variety of spring bulbs, oriental lilies, poppies, lavender, larkspur, nicotiana, and major wheeler honeysuckle. Neighbors strolling by would be captivated by Steve’s magical sunflowers, and I would get to enjoy their beauty while daydreaming on my porch swing! The sunflowers would also provide inspiration for my watercolor paintings.

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  761. Diane K Bemus on

    I would plant these beautiful flowers in my annual bed, I change it every year so it is always something special!!!

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  762. Sharon Sweet on

    I live in rural Vermont. The garden is right next to the road in clear view of passing cars. I would plant the sunflowers here with a sign asking all to support Reinbow Riding, a local therapeutic riding center. When the sunflowers are ready to pick, I would ask for donations to support this worthy organization in exchange for the flowers.

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  763. Jackie on

    Stunning! Would be awesome to have in our yard!

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  764. Lara on

    Beautiful example of how one moment where someone follows God’s nudging through the Holy Spirit, can take a small seed and change so many peoples lives. I love hearing how Steve reached out in so many different ways to his community, while serving and loving his family well.
    Our family was given a small patch of dirt during Covid, and we have used it as a victory garden ever since. Sunflowers have been in it every year. I surely hope I have a chance to grow some of his sunflowers soon, and could set them out on the path for people that just need a ray of sunshine in their lives. Thanks for the example Steve.

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  765. Paula on

    We have developed a beautiful garden on the edge of a rock outcropping. Last year we planted sunflower seeds provided by a friend. We were so surprised by how well they did. It was our first experience planting sunflowers and it was a resounding success. These beautiful flowers provide joy every morning as they tilt their heads to the morning sun. As an added bonus, because of they rocky access to the garden, the deer leave them alone.

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  766. Nan Britton on

    I volunteer at a horse rescue in Georgia called Save The Horses. We are always coming up with ideas to promote our organization. I showed other volunteers the pictures of my previous years’ small sunflower and cosmos gardens. The volunteers have decided to plant their own sunflower and cosmos gardens are the entrance of the rescue farm this year. It will be used as a photographic opportunity to attract people to the farm. We would so dearly love some of Steve’s sunflowers!!!! 🐎🌻

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  767. Tracey Sherman on

    Years ago, when my daughter was a teenager and we lived in military housing, I dreamed of planting a sunflower border just outside her bedroom window so she could wake up every morning to the sight of her favorite flowers. The military relocated us before I could ever make that happen. My daughter is grown now, with an 11-year-old daughter of her own. I would plant these seeds and grow these gorgeous flowers just outside the bedroom window of the room that is their room when they come home to visit.

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  768. Elizabeth Mefford on

    As a 4-H volunteer here in Kentucky, I sincerely hope to get my hands on some seeds from Sunflower Steve! In Carroll County, we are a very rural community. Our 4-H kiddos are beginning a legacy project garden with the help of our wonderful 4-H agent. We are enlisting the help of all kinds of different local folks to make sure our kids have the best opportunity for success and then get to reap the rewards by selling their homegrown produce and flowers at our local Farmer’s Market! If I’m so lucky to obtain some of these beauties, we’re gonna make the most of them and put them in our project garden! Our vision for this project is to teach these kids how to grow their own food alongside beauty! Several 4-H project areas are interlaced with this garden, from photography (students entering photos they take in the county and state fair), to entrepreneurship (putting in the work-prep, plant, harvest, sell) and putting back the money spent before profits are divided to ensure sufficient starting funds for next year’s garden, to natural resources (insect collections and pollinator education). There are endless educational opportunities to be seized. We are excited beyond words!!

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  769. Samantha on

    I would plant them along the fence in my garden!

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  770. Liz H on

    I love Sunflower Steve and his mission with his sunflowers! I would grow some for bouquets, some for seed, and I’d need to share a few with a friend.

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  771. Erica Pegg on

    Our family would plant his beautiful sunflowers in our raised kitchen garden bed. My 4 year old and I sow herb, veggie, and flower seeds throughout the year together!

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  772. Michelle Vara on

    Thanks, Erin, and ‘Sunflower’ Steve for this kind gift. If I was lucky and blessed enough to win, I think I would plant some in our garden, where we focus loads on encouraging pollinators to stay and overwinter every year. We like the idea of our home being a sanctuary for all these wonderful and oh-so-essential creatures. My neighbor was asking me if I had seen any hummingbirds lately, last year. I told her, “sure, loads, why?” She said, she hadn’t seen many so she was wondering about them. I think we ended up hoarding them, because of all the plants we grow, lol. We grow so much stuff to feed beneficial insects, pollinators, birds, and more. We’ve noticed the garden’s health has improved, and we even have endangered bumble bees multiplying yearly. We feel our goal has been getting closer each time. Anyways, these beautiful sunflowers would also be shared with our community garden. I’m sure they would love to see them and have pollinators around for the rest of the plants, and it only makes sense, because if you guys have been so kind as to share them with your readers and followers, it’s only logical to share a bit of the magic in the community as well. So thank you for the opportunity. Even if we don’t win, we know that eventually, we will get to enjoy them in our garden/micro urban farm, and with our wonderful neighbors. Many blessings, and much success in the upcoming growing season.

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  773. Kristen on

    So much joy in the pictures, paintings and sunflowers, the energy brought tears to my eyes. We need more sunflowers and light now! I would plant and share with others…. Amazing light you all have! Plant on! xo

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  774. Elizabeth on

    I have a big “L” shaped border with native prairie plants and grasses. I already grow my tall yellow sunflowers that seem to come up like crazy on their own in the spring. I would love to plant some of these in that border to add the rich reds and oranges!

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  775. Linda on

    The extraordinary sunflowers would be planted in northeast Ohio. I have a small, fenced area that I can see from my office when I work from home. The burst of sunshine colors would make my workday so much brighter. I would share the cut flowers with my 92-year-old Mom who lives in an assisted care facility. The caregivers and residents always appreciate the beauty and memories flowers provide.

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  776. Carol Stewart on

    Thanks for sharing Steve. I would put these beauties on my patio in some awesome planters. My backyard patio always gets some compliments from neighbors.

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  777. Baltazar on

    I would plant them in backyard or by the side of my fence. I love those sunflowers.

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  778. Sarah King on

    I’d love to grow these in my backyard! I grew my first rows of sunflowers last year and I’m hooked!!

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  779. Stephanie Galarza on

    I would grow these beauties in just about every flower bed I have in my backyard! Sunflowers grow wonderfully here in the southwest ☀️🌻🌻

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  780. Gretchen Mitchell on

    I would love to plant these sunflowers in my flower and vegetable garden in southeastern Georgia. Sunflowers (along with zinnias) were some of the first flowers I can remember growing with my grandmother who gave me my love for gardening.

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  781. Lena on

    I have been following Steve’s story for a few years now and I have only ever found him to be a genuinely kind spirit. I’m hoping to get an order in on the first but, if I were to be so lucky as to win here, I would plant as many rows of these as I could along the north side of my community garden plot. Our community garden is in back of our town’s graveyard. I like to plant my tallest, sunniest sunflowers along the north side that faces the graveyard. Often, I will be out there weeding and people will wander through the plots after a service. It is an odd mix of life and beauty and the transitions that each stage of life, plant and humans, go through. Thank you so much for offering up these precious seeds.

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  782. Amber Kunz on

    Hello, I am an RN, that works for St. Luke’s in Treasure Valley idaho as well as a busy, always on the go mother of seven Little kids!! Growing flowers gives me the freedom to step away from the business of life and just have some peace and solitude to grow seeds into amazing and majestic flowers in my large front yard which I have transformed into my personal cut flower garden! I knew I needed a hobby of my own, considering I usually am either busy working or playing chauffeur to my kids and their hobbies. I always have had a love of sunflowers in particular, and love the varieties sold by the Floret Flowers shop. I would love to try, Steve’s amazing and beautiful colored varieties! This will be my second year at growing a cut flower garden, and I am very much in learning mode, but last year, I had sunflowers from Floret Flowers and they were an amazing success!

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  783. Heather Carlson on

    Sunflowers are a selling point for my husband Mike and I. We own an event venue in Anacortes, WA, not far from Floret, and every year we do our best to cultivate sunflowers, dahlias, zinnias and more, in our garden boxes as a backdrop option for the wedding ceremonies we host, but also to add visual richness and joy to our guests at non-wedding events. I hear all the time how sunflowers and/or dahlias are “my favorite” from brides who tour our property. We feel the pressure to perform each year at the mercy of the weather and our little (although growing) knowledge of cut flowers. But we’ve done ok. 2022 was not a kind spring so we are hopeful for a better season this year and I thought Steve’s sunflowers might be a great option to create even more excitement and pleasure for all who visit here.

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and resources Erin. I read your posts for inspiration and help knowing we live in the same county and climate. :)

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  784. Jenny Juffs on

    Second year growing. They would go in the front of my suburban garden!

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  785. Brenda Rosario on

    I’d love to plant some of these beauties behind my waterfall in my backyard. ❤️ 🌻

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  786. Amy Smith on

    I’m in my 4th year flower farming in Minnesota (turns out I don’t live that far from Steve) and took Erin’s flower farming class in 2021. I’d most definitely put these in my field and share them with my customers! They would go absolutely nuts over them!

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  787. Cindy H on

    I would plant those gorgeous sunflowers on the end of my driveway so I could see them everyday, coming and going and from the back of the house. They are so cheery and like a ball of sunshine. Good job Steve, keep up the good work. Can’t wait to see what happens in the world of sunflowers.

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  788. Shannon Baker on

    So happy sunflower Steve pushed forward to give the world these unique beauties!
    I would plant them in my flower/vegetable garden combo! Let’s bring in the pollinators with some added beauty!

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  789. Kim D on

    My husband and I are passionate gardeners located in the Pacific Northwest. When we bought our home 21 years ago, our backyard hosted three small garden boxes. For years we cultivated these beds growing and teaching our children how to start our tomatoes, beans & kale from seed. Every year we planted sunflowers. They are our absolute favorite. I treasure capturing them in photographs to look back on for years to come. We created a small cutting flower bed and shared bouquets to brighten our neighbors’ spirits during the height of the pandemic. We placed mason jars in neighbors’ doorways full of Cosmos & Zinnias. A year ago, my husband lost his father suddenly. His dad was his true touchstone. The gentlest sole who treasured spending time with his son in our backyard. The way my husband best worked through his and our family’s grief was to rebuild our garden. Receiving this new variety of sunflower seeds would truly bring joy to our hearts. Sunflowers offer us the opportunity to always find the sun even in the harder, darker days. Thank you for sharing Sunflower Steve’s story. We love learning from Floret via your books, social media and television series.

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  790. Miranda Suri on

    I would plant these gorgeous sunflowers in my herbaceous border in the sunny front yard where all the neighbors could enjoy them too!

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  791. Tiffany N on

    I would grow the sunflowers here in my SE Michigan cut flower garden. After years asa vegetable gardener, I’m just recently discovering the whole new world of flowers. 🙂

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  792. Mariesa A on

    Last year I got married in October. My goal was to grow my own flowers. I had only ever grown 5 sunflowers in my life. I ended up falling in love with flowers through the process and the sunflowers were the star of the show. I must have grown over 50 in a patch and some scattered around our property. I began following Erin and Steve during this process. We got pregnant right away and just found out we are having a boy in June. I can’t wait to raise him with a garden out his back door. The theme of our baby shower is going to be “Son”flower. They hold such a beautiful significance to me. Always aiming towards the sunshine. I plan to grow a bunch right outside my son’s window and would be honored to have some of Steve’s to add to the mix! I love following people who find the magic within them as well.

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  793. Amy on

    The Van Gogh Fantasy mix is the perfect name for these flowers! Extraordinary!!!

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  794. Leah on

    I would add sunflowers to my cut flower garden in my backyard.

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  795. Leah on

    I started a cut flower garden in my back yard about 5 years ago. I still have much to learn and love all the info I find on Floret Flowers. Please keep it up.

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  796. Ashley O’Rourke on

    I bought my grandparents house which they lived in for 60 years. My grandfather always loved gardening. He had a small vegetable garden behind the house which I have turned into a dahlia garden. I expanded the garden to include raised beds in which I had great success with sunflowers and zinnias last year. I have been following sunflower Steve and would love the opportunity to grow some of my own beautiful sunflowers! My grandfather is still alive at 103 years old and I would love to share these sunflowers with him!

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  797. Sherry Harrell on

    Sunflowers make me happy. I have a dream of having a cut garden one day. I would plant these at the 1830’s log cabin I inherited. God speed Sunflower Steve. I’ve enjoyed your interview.

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  798. colleen on

    Oooooooooooh I would love to plant them in my garden for all of the pollinators & gold finches!!!!

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  799. Lydia Mulliken on

    Living in a neighborhood with a small yard, we don’t have an abundance of growing space however have learned how to pack every nook and cranny of soil full with blooms over the last few years. Designing and gifting flower arrangements is a love language that fills me with immense joy. Now that my three and a half year old son, Maverick shares the same love we often have little to no blooms visible in our yard because we enjoy sharing them with neighbors, family and friends as soon as they are ready to be cut. During Maverick’s first summer, I planted a row of sunflowers along the corner of our backyard fence. Mav and I were in awe watching them grow. The beautiful blooms were visible from our backyard, from inside our house through the windows, our neighborhood street and the street behind us. They were our constant bouquet that spread happiness to us and our neighbors, becoming a beloved annual tradition. We would be honored to grow Steve’s stunning sunflowers to enjoy and share with our community.

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  800. LoneWillowCreekFarm on

    These are stunningly gorgeous. I would plant these along the tall raised bed at the back of my garden, to be seen towering above the whole space!

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  801. Teresa on

    This Kansas girl would love to grow some beautiful sunflowers! I have grown them by my fenced garden but find they do really well in the flower garden by the house as it’s a bit more protected from wind. I also want to grow some in the entry of our property (5 acres).

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  802. Karen Lenore Davidson on

    They would go on the east side of our tiny farm, behind my honesty stand. We live in flower heaven so I assume I would get some great seeds to play with next year also.
    By flower heaven, I mean a huge commercial grower west of us in the Arcata, CA river bottom and the lily capitol to the north in Crescent City.

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  803. Annisa Mackprang on

    Hello!

    Thank you for sharing this interview! I would love to grow these beautiful sunflowers in my backyard here in zone 10b. They would light up my life as well as my children who love to adventure around every flowerbed of ours for imaginative play.

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  804. Cory on

    What a delight this all this! This is my first year growing a cut flower garden in the back of our property in Northern California – a 25×25 ft plot. When I get derailed thinking this might not work, I go back to your photos for inspiration and “my why”. Thanks Floret and Sunflower Steve for being true to who you were made to be and bringing attention to such beauty!

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  805. Mary Beth Hunt on

    I have 12 raised beds in our front yard…and I grow flowers just for cutting and arranging. These would get their own bed.

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  806. Cindy Tamas on

    We moved from California to Ohio last year to be closer to family. This past February we finally found and moved into our new home with a 1-acre backyard. Steve’s beautifully unique sunflowers would be a great way to start this season’s gardening in our newly located cut flower garden. :)

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  807. Cecilia Lawrence on

    I would plant these beauties in my gardens here in Maine! My sons favorite flowers are sunflowers. I grow them every year specifically for him and his enjoyment.

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  808. Mary C on

    Gorgeous!!! I would love to try these seeds up in west central Montana. I’m putting in new beds just for cut flowers this year. One of my favorite times traveling back to Minnesota was going through North Dakota and seeing the fields and fields of sunflowers

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  809. Mimi Johnson on

    These sunflowers are so unique and beautiful! I would love to plant some in my small scale flower farm and share it with my customers. I always try to offer something special and out of the ordinary and these beauties fit the bill!

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  810. Jennifer on

    I would plant them in front of my gray, 100 year old barn. I think the contrast and height would be amazing.

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  811. Anna on

    I would plant these gorgeous sunflowers in my garden beds that are out at the edge of my yard along the road. We live on a busy street and lots of people pass by in the summer walking their dogs or taking an afternoon stroll. I think they would bring a lot of smiles and joy to our community.

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  812. corrie rausch on

    Wow! I’m a fan! I plant sunflowers every year, but these are so amazing!!

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  813. Charrie VanVleet on

    Love sunflowers, have grown them every year for most of my life, even as a child, Mom and Dad had many times planted sunflowers amongst the veggies and other flower.
    I live on an organic farm and have large gardens of veggies and flowers, I would love to grow some of these seeds. Gardening is one of my highest passions!

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  814. Janine Baker on

    Thank you so much for introducing Sunflower Steve to us. I am just a homegrower who loves to share bouquets. I would be planting the sunflowers in a tall raised bed with my Floret seeds on the shores of Gig Harbor.

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  815. Cherisse Webb on

    I am a single Christian mama with two little boys and working on starting a small flower farm in WA. Growing on under 1/4 acre. Would love to get my littles more involved & sunflowers are an excellent choice for little fingers. 🤍

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  816. Melinda Rathmell on

    Sunflowers are so special to our family! My daughters wedding was done all in sunflowers!
    I would plant them in my raised cut flower garden I have placed in my front yard for all to see and love on. Many neighbors come by and take pictures with their kids posing in front! How I love to share the beauty of flowers with others!!🌻❤️🌻❤️🌻

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  817. Kelly Zerhusen on

    These are so beautiful and like nothing I have ever seen before. This is my first year growing a cut garden. I plan to grow and give away to others. Gardening for me is a way to give back to others and also is very exciting! I live on a small property of about an acre. I plan to plant them in my side yard if I were to win.

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  818. Ruth Ensor on

    I love Steve’s sunflowers. I would plant them in my field of flowers.

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  819. Pamela Carroll on

    Last year I made a dream of a lifetime come true by moving onto my own property! I bought 8 acres in Northern California zone 9b. I have a little old house, a barn, pastures and NO landscaping or gardens. Well, the property didn’t have any gardens until I moved in. I have already planted two garden borders with perennials and bulbs and if it will ever stop raining long enough, I will add self sown annuals! I have a succulent garden and the beginnings of a vegetable garden…garlic and shallots are the only thing planted in the veg garden so far. And I have plans to start a cut flower garden after reading Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden. My other plan is to plant LOTS of sunflowers all over the farm!! If I am lucky enough to win some of Sunflower Steve’s seeds, they will have pride of place in my first ever cut flower garden!!

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  820. Tammie on

    I would love to plant them in my small home garden! And share these beauties w/others! I stumbled upon Steve just recently and so excited to learn more from him!

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  821. Lynda on

    I would plant these amazing sunflowers in my front yard, where I have been farming flowers for 4 years now. I started a urban cut flower garden in 2018 and this year I can call myself a cut flower farmer as I have joined a collective of cut flower growers and we market through Root Farmers. Floret class of 2018

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  822. Cory on

    I’d plant the sunflowers in a tight circle on our farm in the Snoqualmie Valley and create a secret sunflower space for my daughter to hide and play in.

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  823. Jacky on

    I would plant the gorgeous sunflowers at our little flower farm here in Bishop, California. We have a really sunny, hot dry climate and sunflowers thrive here!

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  824. Jeanne Taylor on

    I would love the opportunity to grow Sunflower Steve’s sunflowers! I have a small cut flower farm in north Georgia, and would love to include his in my bouquets. Thank you.

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  825. Jennifer on

    I would plant them in the new cut flower area of my yard! Last year a friend gave me a bunch of starts of cut flowers and I fell in love. So this year we’re making a whole section on our property to start growing a variety. I already bought a bunch of seeds from Floret, and these sunflowers would be such a joy to add.

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  826. Margaret Stefanik on

    Hi! I would plant Steve’s magical sunflower seeds in my backyard garden in Indiana! I would plant them in memory of my sister Alice, who loved sunflowers. Their sunny faces would remind me of the fun she brought to life and how dearly she is missed. I would share the blooms with others who are missing someone they love. Thanks for considering me as a recipient of this generous gift!

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  827. Kyle Cable on

    Oh my… these are stunning and I had no idea that they came in such a variety of colors! I have a section in my garden that I am developing… it is the only section of the garden that gets full sun, when we have it, that these would be such a welcome addition… they would be nestled in with my Floret Flower poppies and seed dahlias! Everyone visiting this summer will be thrilled to see the cluster that will be there!… in the meantime, be well and keep on gardening!

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  828. Susan Corrieri on

    What a magical and wonderful story! Thank you for sharing on every level. As a passionate but less-experienced gardener from northern WI, I would plant these glorious seeds on the sunny side of my garage – a space that vertically screams for something special against the wall.

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  829. Marie Dudley-Kidwell on

    I would plant these along each side of perennial flower beds…2 – 3 rows deep. It is visible from the street and would be such a thrill for people driving or walking by.

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  830. Laurie Shaw on

    I would like to plant Steve’s sunflowers in my front yard, so that everyone passing by can admire them.

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  831. Mary Wilhelmus on

    I would share them with nursing home residents. In the summer I take flowers to a nursing home one day a week and the residents make their own bouquet. Sunflowers bring back a lot of memories. They also like bright colors.

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  832. Andrea on

    If I were to win one of these seed varieties, I’d plant them here at home in the PNW near the redwood trees in my backyard where my boys play and can enjoy them as well. I’d also probably plant a few in my garden too to attract pollinators and have them near other flowers I plan on cutting from 😍

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  833. Bonnie Braunius on

    Probably in my front pasture, so everyone going by can see them in all of their glory!

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  834. Kelsey H on

    In my 2000 sq ft flower garden. I have been following Steve for awhile now and I am so thrilled to hear he is looking at doing a book! I can’t wait to see it one day. Those photos are gorgeous!!

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  835. Chelsea on

    What an incredible and inspiring story! These sunflowers are beyond gorgeous. If I won, I would plant these seeds in my tiny little cut flower garden. I own just under five acres and haven’t used the land for much. But I have grown some vegetables and a cut flower garden. I dream of turning our entire pasture into a cut flower farm. I just haven’t had the time or courage to jump in 100%.

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  836. Tammy Kittle on

    I would plant the seeds in my cut flower garden. My daughter has been asking me to grow sunflowers in memory of one of her best friends who died from cancer a few years ago. Her very favorite flowers were sunflowers. 🌻. The drawing is on my birthday, so hopefully it’s a lucky day for me!!

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  837. Brooke Hoffman on

    I have a bouquet business called “Petal2Pedal”, have been growing Sunflowers for years and know my customers would go bonkers over Steve’s Sunflowers. I would have a blast designing with them. They truly are out of this world spectacular!

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  838. Heather Millet on

    I have always loved sunflowers, and a few years ago, at age 46, I was finally able to buy my first home. The first thing I did was create a plot for sunflowers, and had huge success! Most of them got to 12-15 ft! I now have that plot (front yard), and another plot in my back yard, and am known in my neighborhood as the sunflower lady. My neighbors always ask if I’m doing it again this year. Yes & yes!!! I love trying new varieties, so even if I don’t win, I’ll probably be placing an order with Steve!

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  839. Kelly Hanson on

    I’m an at home mom of 2 littles who loves filling my garden, yard and home with flowers and plants. I plant dahlias in my garden and would love to add these beautiful sunflowers. Most unique I’ve ever seen. I love to pay it forward and surprise my neighbors with bouquets of my beautiful flowers and hope to buy some of these on April 1 to add to my collection and share the beauty.

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  840. Paulynn Schaff on

    I hope God keeps “nudging” Steve! When you have great partners, great things happen. I recently moved to the Coeur d’Alene area and my husband and I found ourselves retired on 20 acres. The first thing I did was plant a 3600 sq foot fenced garden (we have deer and moose!). For medical reasons my husband is now on an all meat diet and I cannot eat 3600 sq feet of vegetables, so last year I started “The Happiness Garden.” Like the 2 of you, I have found amazing people along my path that have shared their dahlia tubers, donated 100’s of small vases and hopefully, if the snow will ever go away, we will have 3600 sq feet of flowers that will go to nursing homes in our area every week. The plan is to provide a small bedside/room bouquet with fresh flowers each week. We will come and get the old and replace them with fresh ones. I have over 200 sunflowers ready to transplant as soon as it warms up, but NOTHING as beautiful as yours!

    I hope your adventures continue to bloom and your partners continue to grow!

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  841. Clare on

    I think I’d plant heart stopping blooms in my front yard. We live across the street from my children’s elementary school. Friday I volunteered with my daughters K/1 class to plant mammouth sunflowers. Her class is challenging with high energy at times but each child calmed and focused on the planting of 1 seed when it was their turn. It was beautiful. I want to have people stop when I’m in the garden or sitting on the front porch and ask me about the flowers, about how to connect to our earth and how we can grow a new world with plants and children and us living in harmony.

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  842. Colleen on

    Oh sunflowers! They are magnificent! My dear sister suddenly passed away in 1995. She did not have a green thumb whatsoever! We always joked about that. The weekend before she passed, she invited me over because she had something to show me. Well to my surprise she had planted a garden of sunflowers and they were thriving! She was so happy! So since then, every year I plant sunflowers to keep her memory close to me. I am now living in upstate NY and plant sunflowers along the old corals and surrounding electrical poles. They add so much life to this old farmstead. Imagine how much beauty Steve’s unique colors would look!

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  843. Tamara Schaffert on

    My mother’s 70th birthday is April 10th! I would gift her Steve’s fabulous sunflower seeds and know she would be ecstatic! She lives on 17 acres and can grow anything -an amazing green thumb. Nothing makes her happier than trying new plants, flowers, seeds and watching them grow.

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  844. Terry Acree on

    I live in St. Louis, MO. I would plant Sunflower Steve’s collection in two places. First at the edge of my backyard that backs up to a main drag where people walking by could enjoy them (in Glendale, MO). Second on my land (32 acres) in rural Missouri – Vichy, MO. Would love to help out trialing any new flowers as well. Thank you for sharing all this beauty!

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  845. Krystal on

    I’d love to plant Steve’s amazing sunflowers in my backyard cutting garden! They’re stunning!

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  846. Ling on

    OMG, this is the most beautiful sunflowers I have ever seen!! Steve is a genius. If i win the seeds, I would plant them in my driveway, so all my neighbors and guests can enjoy Steve’s masterpiece too!

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  847. Sharlene Piscitelli on

    Farmers here in my town of North Branford Ct have a program called The Sunflower Project where they plant a huge field of sunflowers to attract pollinators in order to help farmers with their crops. I have always loved sunflowers since I was a kid and would really like to plant some of these special sunflowers in my yard to do my part to save bees and other pollinators while growing such unique and stunning flowers. I would also save some to share with my grandsons in Minnesota .

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  848. Linda on

    I enjoyed learning about steve and his sunflowers.
    I’ve had some bloom and were different colors . I bought the standard yellow and brown centers giant ones
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    I thought it was unusual that I got other colors.
    I let the bees and finches enjoy them and should have saved some of the seeds for next year.

    From now on, I’ll dry some blooms and replant, see what comes up next year.
    Thanks for the hints.
    Linda

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  849. Marisol Andrades on

    I have been anxiously awaiting these flowers so excited that they will be available soon. I have well water and where it’s located is in the middles of my yard. Every year I plant sunflowers so that area doesn’t look bad so that’s where I’d plant them if I win.

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  850. Jennifer on

    I would plant them anywhere that I had a place. The first place would be along my Russian sage bed and next would be my zinnia and cosmos cut flower bed that is new this year. Sunflowers make me happy!

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  851. Britiney Slaughter on

    I have a very small (5×10′) raised bed in my yard that I fill with flowers every spring. I used to try to grow vegetables, but they weren’t sparking joy. Since converting my garden to flowers (and also taking over a couple of other beds in my yard for dahlias, zinnias, cosmos, etc.) it brings me SO MUCH JOY! I’d love to add some of these beautiful sunflowers!

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  852. Lorelea on

    All I can say is PHENOMENAL WORK Steve! Impressed by your adaptability to the pandemic and for following your sunflower passion while walking in Faith. Your sunflowers will be planted in two of my happiest places: in my elementary classroom garden that my students and I care for AND in my garden at home. I won’t just plant the sunflowers in my back yard where my family can enjoy them the most; I will also plant your exquisite sunflowers out front as I know my neighbors (and some lovely birds) would love to see your sunflowers smiling at them. I will plant your special sunflowers everywhere I want to share a sunny sunflower smile with someone. Thank you for sharing your seeds with all of us!

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  853. V N on

    These are gorgeous! I would plant some in our front so that all the kids can watch them grow while they play in our yard. Then I would share with three neighbors that have encouraged me as I start my gardening journey.

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  854. Cheryl Decker on

    I am expanding my cut flower business in 2023 as I was honored to receive a grant through NCAg Options to help build a greenhouse on our property. We will be growing flowers in raised beds in the greenhouse as well as outside field areas. Sunflowers are one of the flowers we will be focusing on to sell a the local farmers markets and wholesale distributors. I would love to add these beautiful unique Sunflowers to my collection to share with my local community and customers.

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  855. Cassandra on

    We would love to add these beauties to our flower farm in Iowa!

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  856. Barb Earnhardt on

    Steve’s magical sunflowers would be offered to the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens hort staff if I win. The Great Garden there has large annual beds and has sunflowers each year. The public and volunteers love to see new varieties of any plant – teddy bear sunflowers were a hit when they first appeared – just imagine the delight in these new beautiful sunflowers! And the volunteer flower arrangers who design for the Manor House would surely show them off in stunning arrangements.

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  857. Maria Liedel on

    Hi! I would plant them in my backyard🌻 These would be so fun to try!!

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  858. Kathryn Casey on

    I have a garden space where I began growing sunflowers. It’s right outside our bedroom window so each morning I could look out and see them. They brought me so much joy!

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  859. Janice on

    I’d love to have a row of them along the back fence line of our yard. A cousin grows dahlias and shares them at family gatherings. I could be the sunflower sharer!

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  860. Lorrie Sutherland on

    My husband, mother in law and I live in the hills outside of town. Our area is mostly Christmas tree farms, forests and grass seed fields. There are many lovely colors of green here. I love putting bright colors in my quarter acre garden for bouquets, the birds (we have a wide variety we feed) and for the many walkers enjoyment who started walking along our side road in the last couple years. His beautiful sunflowers would be shared with many people.

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  861. Lisa on

    My town’s citizens decided to save an old farm from being sold to developers. Instead we are keeping it as a public property with workable garden spaces, including garden spaces for those with mobility issues, as well as several other public uses for the property.

    The farm is maintained by volunteers who for a nominal fee, and some donated time tending the property, can use one of the public garden spaces.

    As a lifetime Girl Scout and former scout leader, I’ve long wanted to be able to plant one of these gardens for other leaders to visit with their troops, as a learning garden. I’m applying for a garden spot when applications open next week.

    I’d plant Steve’s seeds in this garden, for all the town to enjoy, and for leaders and scouts to learn about.

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  862. Alice Villasenor on

    Hi Steve and Erin, I am a gardener in Yakima WA. Although I’ve been gardening for over 30 years, our garden became a refuge in 2020 during the pandemic. My husband and I have about a 1/2 acre of yard & gardens, both flower & vegetables. I also recently started a Facebook gardening group for my area that I host. I’ve shared Steve’s story and his sale with my gardening group. It’s still small at 111 members but it’s been growing (pun intended) weekly.
    I’m constantly thinking about new ways to both make the garden space more usable & efficient but also more beautiful! I’m growing my first cutting garden to my space this year with dahlias, zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers along with a few others. I’d love to include Steve’s sunflowers in my garden for everyone to enjoy their beauty. Thanks for sharing his story. It was as beautiful as his sunflowers!

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  863. Dena Rambo on

    Thank you so much for sharing the story of such unique flower. These sunflowers are absolutely breathtaking. My husband and I oversee our beautiful bluebonnets that have been on his families homestead for over 50 years. We would love to be able to plant these beautiful sunflowers (seeds), in our pasture off of the country (county highway) we live on. These beautiful flowers would be seen by 100’s of families that travel on this country roadway.

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  864. Lisa on

    I’d plant Van Goghs flowers in sunny California for my child who loves all things can hogh to observe. And I’d plant the lemon drops where I could see them daily.

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  865. C Juli on

    I’m planning on filling the hill in front of my house with sunflowers this year, these would look great with them!

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  866. Molly on

    I live in upstate New York and I would plant them next to my front porch.

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  867. Kelly on

    Having always loved flowers, I’m a complete newbie in imagining myself as a home grower. Grateful to have stumbled upon Floret through Netflix, I am most inspired and my heart is most warmed by the kindness, generosity, and authentic storytelling and sharing of personal experience by people in this flower growing community. It’s truly a beautiful human extension of that same beauty born in nature. After deep diving into the Floret blog for further instruction and recently completing the seed starting 101 class, I have some Floret plant babies currently growing strong to be planted in a few weeks. Yay!! I’d so love to add sunflower Steve’s beautiful varieties in the small cut garden we have started by our honey bees so they can support each other (and a further reflection and reminder of how we are all better for the support we offer each other!). Thank you Erin (and your team) for how you use your love for flowers and your business to encourage those around you and further grow yourself. It’s awesome!

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  868. Emily on

    We would plant them in our raised garden in Colorado. My sons (4 and 18 months) love gardening and flowers in particular. We would love to add some sunflowers to our garden this year!

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  869. Mimi on

    I am a novice at flower growing by seeds. This year I set aside a small piece of my yard to plant flowers by seeds. I feel sunflowers are forgiving and gracious to beginners. It would be an honor to have some of Steve’s flowers smiling at me every morning
    Mimi

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  870. Elizabeth on

    How gorgeous! 😍 Last year I put down cardboard and mulch to kill all the grass on the side yard in front of my house. Now I’m ready to plant beautiful flowers there!

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  871. Lori Ostrosky on

    I would plant Steve’s Gorgeous Sunflowers on the sunny side of my house where people from 2 streets can see them as they walk, bike, or drive by, spreading the beauty and joy of these amazing creatures.

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  872. Anna Nelson on

    Our home is on a small, sunny lot on a hill on Bainbridge Island, Washington. We haphazardly threw in some sunflowers last year and got so much joy from them we have planned to up our game this year. Looks like I just found the way to do this. Thanks for sharing!

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  873. Kay Roberts on

    Such beauty. I’m hoping to order April 1st. I haven’t raised sunflowers before but have admired them in the past. Age is slowing me down but my flower beds are such a comfort to me A constant reminder of Gods love.

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  874. Laura Sinkbeil on

    These are gorgeous! I would plant them along our driveway, by the garden fence, and at my mom’s house.

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  875. Karen Mokrzycki on

    Gorgeous flowers and photos. Have you thought about selling fine at prints? As for the seeds, in rain soaked Santa Cruz County — endless atmospheric rivers since December 31, 2022, would love to plant them as hope for recovery here and in honor of Ukraine as well. Perhaps find a location near Pajaro where the levee broke and flooded agricultural fields. A central location where they could be seen by many. In Pajaro the flowers could also be given away to families who lost homes and farm jobs and need hope.We are blessed to have many wonderful organic farms and perhaps they could help find a good location. Plus we’relways wanting to help the pollinators.

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  876. Carrie on

    Wow! I would love to grow some of these amazing flowers in my backyard flower garden. 🌼

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  877. Celiz on

    I’d love to plant these in front of our house and encourage people who pass by to pick them.

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  878. Sandy on

    You never know how one little thing like a rogue sunflower can change your life’s path. My dad frequently planted the huge sunflowers in among his garden to feed the birds. My mom who is still alive and in her mid 90s was talking about those sunflowers just the other day. You had to have a stepladder to reach the heads of the sunflowers. My mom who is no longer able to live on your own and can no longer garden really misses her flowers so I would plant these in a garden bed that borders the patio she enjoys sitting on at my house so she can enjoy their beauty along with the birds, the bees and butterflies. I also have two bird baths and a gazing ball and some perennials I dug up from her house and planted them in this bed so she can still enjoy them. The sunflowers would bring her such joy as well as wonderful memories.

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  879. Ann Lovely Brown on

    I would love to play Steve’s seeds in my garden which we are in the process of clearing and expanding it. Giving them a new life and my garden such beauty,

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  880. Ashley Laabs on

    I would love to plant these in my personal garden, right out my backyard door.

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  881. Heidi Klammer on

    I am renovating an old vegetable garden space to make room for a cutting flower garden extension. I would put your sunflowers there to thrive in the sun and heat of NE Oregon. I love the color combinations and the old world beauty of your new sunflowers! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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  882. Laura Fisher on

    These flowers are drop-dead gorgeous, and Steve’s character is beautiful too. I’m just here to say “Three Cheers!!” rather than request seeds…at my age (77) I think a younger gardener is more likely to spread long-term joy with them than l could. But what a happy news article, thank you Floret!!

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  883. THomas Bernardy on

    We would plant these in Northern California in Mendocino. On our 5 acres. We grow lots of dahlias , from Floret, and sunflowers already , the sunflowers did great last year but there are nothing like Steve’s. Flowers absolutely love it here, and flower all summer into fall!
    So yes I would love to able to grow these amazing sunflowers from Steve!

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  884. Sue M. on

    What beauties…thank you for sharing about Steve and his gorgeous sunflowers! I like to plant by color schemes…so the golden, more yellow are planted along my fence line in the back and the more rosey pink colors on the side out front next to my small cutting garden. I can already picture them blooming in my mind! 🌿🌻🌿

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  885. Suzanne Callaway on

    I am a sunflower lover and profess that it isn’t a good year unless you have sunflowers growing…finding out the hard way the year I did NOT grow sunflowers!! I would love to sample Steve’s creations!

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  886. Emily Wheeler on

    My mom and I have 25 acres in Central Ohio. We would LOVE to see your beautiful sunflowers growing here. They bring such a big smile to my face every time I see them! :)

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  887. Sarah Cornell on

    I would plant them in the raised beds my husband built for us to have our first garden together with our newborn baby.

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  888. Pixie on

    Thank you to Floret Farms for bringing us the interview with Steve. What beauties! I’d love to see them along my board fence by my horse pasture!

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  889. Cynthia Caudill on

    These sunflowers are gorgeous. I have the perfect spot to plant these beautiful sunflowers in my side yard in front of my egress window. 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

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  890. Angela Lindsay on

    These flowers are beautiful , I’d give them to my pastor, I love to see them planted in the beautiful garden at the church so everyone could enjoy them through the season.

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  891. Marlies Phillips on

    I would love to win a sample of these seeds!! They look amazing!! I would plant them in my flower beds above our house

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  892. Fiona Tavernier on

    I would plant Steve’s sunflowers in my beautiful cutting flower and vegetable garden behind my house. I love leaving the sunflowers to go to seed because we live alongside a creek and have so much amazing wildlife that enjoys some of the fruits of my garden. It normal in the summer to watch a squirrel run away with an entire sunflower head in his mouth.

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  893. debi weinberg on

    How glorious. I have started growing zinnias and dahlias in place of some of my veggies, as flowers feed the soul. I would love to set aside an area of sunflowers. They are sentinels in the garden, standing tall over a place that gives delight.

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  894. Gizelle Lamb on

    I would plant these sunflowers in the new raised bed in the front of my house where it gets the intense sun all afternoon. I love these sunflowers for my summer arrangements along with my floret zinnias! Please pick me!

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  895. Irene Boone on

    I live in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and garden at a community garden. I’ve had my community garden plot for 21 years. I grow vegetables, blueberries and flowers. Every year I try different sunflower varieties but I am very hopeful to plant this variety from Steve. They are the most beautiful sunflower I have ever seen.

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  896. Alyssa on

    If I won the seeds I would plant them in my garden that is located in our back pasture with Mount Mcloughlin rising majestically in the background!

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  897. Holly on

    I am starting a sunflower patch in my garden and these would be a gorgeous addition!!

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  898. Jessica Wein on

    These flowers are gorgeous! I run a cut flower micro-farm just outside Raleigh, NC. The farm started after Covid 19 hit as a way for me to bring peace to my soul. I am a registered nurse and the trials we faced as a collective bunch, as well as me personally, were almost too much to handle. I started growing cut flowers to bring balance to my chaos. I was stuggling and digging my hands into the earth was really the only thing that was helping me. Fast forward a few months and I ended up tearing my hamstring and required surgery. The flowers I was growing in my field were neglected but they kept growing. I was stuck in the house in a brace and had to use crutches for 5 months. Working in the large garden I had built wasn’t an option, but the persistent flowers growing outside my window still brought me joy. I never returned to work in the hospital after surgery. The cut flower farm grew from there. Despite many struggles, including two more surgeries, I was able to grow flowers. I think the flowers really helped me to be determined to overcome my injuries and work toward being successful. These sunflowers would mean a lot as the sunflowers in my garden were the last flowers to die back while I was recovering from surgery. Because of that, the sunflower will always hold a special place in my heart.

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  899. Emily Brooksby on

    I would love to plant these in our community garden! We have tried different varieties every year and these would be the most unique yet!

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  900. Jodi on

    Thanks so much for sharing Sunflower Steve’s story! I would love to plant his sunflowers in my cutting garden – they are beautiful!!

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  901. Katie Russell on

    I’d plant these in our front yard for the whole neighborhood to see as they walk their dogs and kids by our house. They are enchanting!

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  902. Jessica Rochford on

    This was very interesting and informative. I would love to add Steve’s sunflowers to my lineup in my garden.

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  903. Lauren on

    I would love to plant some of these in my backyard garden! I’m slowly working on expanding my limited growing space, and I think these sunflowers would look really lovely in the long strip behind my house where I plan to also plant some wildflowers and grasses!

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  904. Crystal on

    I would beyond love to see Steve’s unique, and stunning flowers emerge from our high desert landscape. I live in zone 6b. At this time it seems
    whatever can withstand our ever fluctuating weather, truly is a beautiful miracle to behold. Every flower gives a sign of hope. These would offer a complete different source of inspiration. Of what can be accomplished in diversity and need. How it can all turn out beautifully.

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  905. Sarah Carroll on

    Thank you for sharing this interview with us.

    Steve´s flowers are stunning! I would love to win a packet of the seeds. I am wanting to create a small cut flower garden in my backyard this spring and summer. I love to set pretty table settings for my family and for friends at special events; I can only imagine using these gorgeous flowers on my tables or sharing them with people at my church who are homebound.

    I am looking forward to Steve’s book! I have one of yours, and it is absolute delight!

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  906. Helene on

    I don’t have a garden but there is a field across the street where I am staying that has native prairie flowers, I would plant some in there for everyone to enjoy and save some for my future garden.

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  907. Karen J on

    Our back fence was destroyed during the latest storm we had. It is now rebuilt and I would love to line it with sunflowers for a pretty backdrop!

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  908. Louis Bauer on

    These beautiful sunflowers would give a new life to the sunflower and squash patch at our garden in the Bronx. Wave Hill is a public garden and cultural center on an old estate in NYC overlooking the Hudson River.

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  909. Barbara Rouss on

    What a treat it would be to plant these in Montana this summer after a particularly long, cold winter. These colors just make you feel good!

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  910. Sharon Asher on

    I love sunflowers and those are absolutely gorgeous!! I know it is so much work but how much joy this brings to everyone!

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  911. Dawn on

    Wow, such beautiful sunflowers! And Steve lives not too far from me. Can you say field trip!
    I will give the seeds to my niece if I won. She is in the process of starting a cut flower garden of her own. I am trying my best to help her any way I can

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  912. DaniK on

    I would plant the sunflower alongside a fence that my partner looks at while he works from home. He puts in long hours and I’d love to plant something very cheerful and different for him to look at.

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  913. Melanie on

    I would love to have his sunflowers around my front yard vegetable garden!!

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  914. Yvette Mills on

    My daughter and I have been getting y sunflowers in a garden bed we created out of a weed filled space on our property mother’s day weekend, we plant all different kinds of sunflowers that create a huge living wall all along the backyard edge. We enjoy the bees that visit them all day long and especially enjoy finding the bumblebee the sleep in them overnight, slowly waking as the sun makes it’s way across the sunflower patch. We would love to add these unique sunflowers to this year’s garden!

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  915. Karen Albright on

    I would plant in my front yard in area where I’m starting a new native garden. I put native perennial seeds first and some annuals, usually small palafox or purple clammy weed (native annuals) to fill in the space with some color. Would love to use some of Steve’s sunflower seeds. Can also share with fellow members of Ashland Garden Club here in Missouri. Do these varieties make seed? For the birds or to save for next year?
    Karen Albright

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  916. Lorraine on

    I would plant them in garden for sure! I love all flowers and his sunflowers are gorgeous!

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  917. Debbie on

    I have the perfect spot in my California backyard garden for these beauties! Thank you for sharing Sunflower Steve’s story!

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  918. Sarah on

    These are beautiful!!! I would plant them along my fence line in my backyard. Sunflowers always bring a smile to people’s faces!
    Thank you!

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  919. Kathleen MacNeill on

    I live in central California and dream of planting a secret space enclosed with sunflowers to relax in after working in the garden. The bees go crazy for the flowers and the birds enjoy the seeds. What an incredible journey Steve has shared with us. Faith and hard work has sustained his family and I hope his journey continues to bring suscess.

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  920. Jae Y Lee on

    Seeding the beginning.
    I spent the morning planting seeds with tiny little kindergartners and first graders inside to transplant out on Mother’s Day in May into a gardenfarm.

    A part of a grass area is being transformed at P.S.044 Marcus Garvey school in Brooklyn NY . A learning to grow and be well place for students, teachers and the community.

    Sunflowers! What a vision it would to feed the eyes and the soul in this brand new space

    Thank you all for being such inspirations.

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  921. Susan Dempsey on

    We would love to have the sunflowers for both pollinators and food pantry patrons to enjoy. I volunteer at a community garden providing fresh produce to food pantries in Knoxville, TN. We began growing flowers there in 2019, donating them to a dementia daycare for flower arranging activities. With COVID, we expanded to meal program shut-ins, volunteers, and participants in a program for under-served seniors. My dream is to add flowers to our food pantry vegetable deliveries. I love that Steve embraces native plants and creatures – we have a Mason bee program, a certified Monarch Waystation, a native perennial hedgerow, and this year will be adding large beds of native annuals.

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  922. Julie Molchany on

    Thank you for sharing this story! I can’t wait to visit his website later today! I would plant the seeds along a walkway in our neighborhood so everyone can enjoy them. Maybe a few in my cutting garden in my yard as well!

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  923. Jana Sifuentes on

    I would love to feature some of Steve’s Beautiful Sunflowers at my pumpkin patch! We plant a variety of Sunflowers where customers can enjoy taking photos and wandering by the beautiful flowers!

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  924. Melissa Bokman Ermer on

    I have my “personal” garden in our yard that I add different natives to each year. I added a cupola last year from an old barn in that garden. I would love to plant Sunflower Steve’s sunflowers around the cupola, I think it would make a great photo.

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  925. Annie on

    Stunning! Last year I threw some sunflower seeds in my front yard and they filled an empty space. I got so many happy comments from neighbors saying how those flowers brightened their day. I would love to plant some of Steve’s beautiful sunflowers out there to brighten the neighborhood.

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  926. Rebecca on

    Steve’s sunflowers are a beautiful sight , like eye candy! As for me , each seed planted in the earth would make me think of his hard work and the beauty that will come. I would plant them in my front garden so I can see them all day. We feed birds and they would find them to be just as enjoyable as my husband and I.

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  927. Katrina on

    I love Sunflowers. I would grow Sunflower Steve’s Sunflowers in my flower garden. Where everyone good enjoy them.

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  928. Gloria Chmilar on

    It was truly serendipity that Steve chose to keep the seeds from his rogue sunflower years ago and started breeding these magnificent sunflowers, they are out of this world! I am looking forward to buying these seeds when they become available in Canada. If I should be so lucky to win, perhaps Floret can send to seeds to me. I have long been a fan of Erin and I have watched her journey into the cut flower business and onwards to the seed business. Well done Steve! Our world could use an infusion of beauty right now, as there is so much sorrow yet so much to be grateful for!

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  929. Connie Gozzarino on

    I would share these seeds with my daughter who loves gardening, but she especially loves growing sunflowers! I would add them to my dahlias and zinnias and hopefully be able to create some gorgeous bouquets to share with family who due to health reasons aren’t able to garden anymore.

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  930. Erin on

    Thank you for this amazing interview. I have never been inspired to grow sunflowers before today, and now I want them lining my driveway! I will be ordering some packets on the 1st! Thank you!

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  931. Megan on

    I’d love to plant some sunflowers in my big field between my house and the river. The photos I’m imagining would just be magical! 😍 nothing better than sunflower sunsets

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  932. Faith on

    Oh My Goodness! Be still my Heart!! I LOVE what he has done for Flower People Everywhere!! Such Inspiration for me to get outside and get Going and Growing again… Thank You for Sharing this Man and his His Flowers with us in your Interview!! Just Beautiful and Stunning Flowers!!! Makes me very Happy. I would LOVE to win some of the seeds, track and show my progress and the outcome I’ve experienced. Thank You Sunflower Steve and a Big Thank You to Floret Flowers for bring him into our lives.

    Faith

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  933. Laura B. on

    Erin, thank you so much for the wonderful and informative interview. I am looking forward to getting my hands on these beauties. I have the perfect spots for them in the front and back yards.

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  934. Amy Ackroyd on

    Gorgeous sunflowers! I would plant them in my garden and watch the chickadees and gold finches visit them in the fall.

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  935. Tom Zabadal on

    Steve

    A big congrats to you for all your art of cultural accomplishments

    I’m a retired horticulturalist and up until three years ago my attitude was if I couldn’t eat it it wasn’t worth growing

    Then I began to plant a few flowers and now I am a flower child

    I will be in the long line of people at your website on Saturday to buy some of your seeds

    If I can be successful with them I’ll plant many more next year to sell bouquets with the proceeds being donated to support the Ukrainian people in their struggle for freedom

    As you probably know sunflower is the national Ukrainian flower

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  936. Kelly Jones on

    I would plant these glorious sonnenblumen in my Denver garten right near the front yard sidewalk! I’d let ALL the doggie walkers, joggers and gentle strollers see their happy faces. :-)
    I have a flowerbed there that we call our “heritage” garden and each perennial represents one of our family members. There is a block of tall brilliant blue delphiniums there and the sunflowers would look fantastic with tall sunflowers behind them. We have a newish daughter-in-law and her favorite flower is the sunflower. Your seeds would represent her in our heritage garden. Our family is growing, as our new daughter-in-law will have our first grand-child in October. Isn’t life and creation just AMAZING!?? Wunderbar!!

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  937. Jemi Royer on

    WOW! stunning! they would go in my cut flower garden, I would cut and share them with friends and family.

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  938. Audra on

    What a wonderful story! I love sunflowers so much. I have some raised flower beds that I use for vegetables and flowers. The past couple of years I have started sunflower seeds inside and transplanted them outside in the spring. They ended up being my favorite thing in my garden for myself, my kiddos, and my neighbor! They were huge and beautiful and they brought so much joy and fun to our garden. I also have a dear friend whom sunflowers have a special meaning to. Her son passed away and my sunflowers, especially orange ones, remind me of his precious life🧡 I would want her to have some seeds in her garden as well, so I would share the seeds with her.

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  939. Jan Shefferly on

    These sunflowers are just luscious! I would love to add them to my modest cutting garden in Olympia, WA.

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  940. Joanne Dubrow on

    Sunflowers have always been my favorite flower, with their faces radiating towards the sun and the ever hopeful way they keep growing upwards. A bit like Sunflower Steve’s inspirational story on finding his way to growing flowers. My cut flower garden keeps expanding every year as I want to try new varieties and share my flower bounty with family and friends. The sunflowers have a large sunny bed were they can be enjoyed through the growing season. Actually I have so many varieties I would like to try that I just keep tucking them in any were I can find space. It is the growers conundrum. This year I will be planting an extra row along the road side fence so our neighbors and fellow travelers can enjoy their beauty.
    Let’s hope for an extra sunny sunflower season!
    Thank you Erin for this wonderful story and introduction to Sunflower Steve.

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  941. Gail Ragsdale on

    I havwe a small triangular shaped organic garden in full sun on the other side of the circular driveway to our bed and breakfast in Southern Oregon. I grow herbs, fruits and vegetables for us and our guests and tuck in as many flowers as I can fit! I imagine these amazing sunflowers in that beautiful tumble of growing things!

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  942. Kathleen Witt Ryan on

    What a delightful, and inspiring, story and interview with Mr. Steve Kaufer. Thank you for sharing, Ms. Benzakein!

    I live in Denver, and while we (and especially our mountains) were blessed with a plethora of snow this year, drought is never far from our minds in the West. Little by little, as time and funds permit, we are planting native flowers, grasses, and herbs on our double lot. We decided a long time ago, a grass lawn(s) is just not feasible in our semi-arid climate. And birds, butterflies, and bees are especially important now.

    I’d plant the beautiful sunflowers in the front yard, maybe some, as well, along the back fence. People walking, or driving by, would be able to enjoy seeing these amazing flowers. It’s also my understanding that sunflowers, once established, are very drought tolerant. Perfect!

    Thank you, and Mr. Kaufer, for the opportunity to possibly try these.

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  943. Carrie Schwab on

    I have a small sunflower and dahlia garden in the alley behind our back yard. I would love to add some of Steve’s varieties to my small urban plot!

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  944. mey on

    I would plant them above my hillside next to a public hiking path to share the beauty with all those who pass!

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  945. Jenilee Hardman -the pioneer home on

    This is our first year on our 26 acre farm in MO. I’m putting in some flower beds and would love to grow these gorgeous sunflowers. Steve’s story is inspiring. We are nudged in directions we should go. And only time will tell what beauty results in a step of faith. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us!

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  946. Althea on

    As much as I love flowers, Sunflowers have always been at the bottom of my list unless I am looking at a large field of them (who can resist that). I have to say looking at Steve’s pictures my mind may have been changed. I will have to give the Lemon Drop and Van Gogh mix a try. Thank you so much for sharing him with us.

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  947. D Morrow on

    Thank you for the inspiring interview. We would plant these beauties in our flower patch that we use to create bouquets for nursing homes.

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  948. Marie Anter on

    If I won some sunflower seeds I would plant them in my cutting garden. I started it last year with the goal of giving away as many bouquets of flowers as I could. Throughout most of the season I gave away 3-8 each week to neighbors, friends, and family.
    This year I’ve added more space and many more varieties and hope to give away many more.

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  949. Lisa Mennet on

    I have a couple of hundred acres of old farmland in Central Washington, which I’m working on restoring back to a functional prairie to support native pollinators and the overall ecosystem. Sunflowers are such a wonderful host plant and these beauties would be a beacon of hope for the restoration project.

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  950. Bonnie Scanlan on

    We recently expanded our kitchen with a sunroom addition. The sunroom has a spectacular view of the side of our home. Last summer I started slowly working on my dream of a show stopper garden, knowing that within a year we would have the next addition. I planted mostly zinnias, which is the plan for this year. Steve’s unique sunflowers would look for pretty paired with the zinnia’s. Thank you for sharing Steve’s amazing story.

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  951. Eve Wallin on

    The photos in this article are stunning and Steve’s story is very inspiring. I love his perseverance and sense of humor. I will be 74 in April and have never really done any gardening. We moved to Olympia, Washington last summer and I have a great area for a flower garden. All winter I have been looking at magazines and gardening books to get ideas for a start up garden. I took your mini “How To Start Flowers From Seed” online class and learned a lot. I even planted a few seeds and they are beginning to sprout in our spare bathroom which is totally exciting and amazing to me and I can’t wait to get them in the ground. I have a perfect spot in my garden area where sunflowers would be beautiful.

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  952. Ribin on

    So beautiful! So many places I’d plant them!

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  953. Patricia Forsyth on

    I’d grow Steve’s magical sunflowers in around the perimeter of my brand new cut flower garden. It’s taken us 2 years to get the area ready to plant, and this is the year! Sunflowers have always been my favorite flower! Such a happy flower. I love the varieties and want to try some of Steve’s!

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  954. Natalie Smith on

    I would absolutely love to plant Steve’s sunflowers in my large garden! It’s located in a field with my blue barn and rolling hills in the background. The contrast in colors would be beautiful, and everyone driving by on the road would be able to see and enjoy them! I have grown flowers and vegetables in my garden for several years now. I have so many varieties of zinnias, so adding this variety of sunflowers would add even more color.

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  955. Frannie on

    I am adding on to my new garden and i think i would line them against the south side of my white shed to add color, or i would put thm in the middle of my flower garden! I love sunflowers. I would also give some to my grandma whoes favorite flowers are sunflowers.

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  956. Becky on

    These sunflowers are so incredibly unique and beautiful! I would plant these flowers at our lake home where we live all summer so I can enjoy them with my friends and family!

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  957. Sierra on

    One word ~ A S T O N I S H I N G ✨️

    Sunflowers are my favorite flower to have in the garden, this year I planned on creating a path hidden by flowers leading to our vegetable garden, consiting of our native wildflowers with sunflowers thrown in the mix. When I came across your gorgeous sunflowers, I knew they were perfect for what I had in mind. If I were to win some of your sunflower seeds, that’s exactly where I would put them.

    What an absolute blessing you are Steve, these sunflowers are amazingly beautiful in every single way, thank you. I have the release date for your seeds on my calendar. I sincerely hope to get my hands on them! 🌻

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  958. erin on

    i have several gardening friends and we all love sunflowers!! i would share the seeds for these wondrous beauties so they could bring smiles in our neighborhood and beyond. we’ve all been affected by the isolation of the pandemic and our gardens have been our refuge and a soft place to fall. nothing more magical than sunflowers. thank you, steve, and erin, for making our world a more glorious place.

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  959. Karen Shiley on

    I would love to see these beautiful flowers along the fence in my backyard. They are gorgeous!!

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  960. Melissa L. on

    Your sunflowers are so amazing. I could stare at them all day. I love the double varieties and would place in my cut garden that I grow specifically for enjoyment and tranquility!

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  961. Hema on

    Gorgeous creations. Thank you Steve and Erin for sharing your interview, introducing Sunflower Steve :-) I would love to plant these sunflower in my sunny zone 10 garden.

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  962. Susan on

    Oh and I forgot to mention that for summer I also plant white cosmos and giant purple zinnias and in a nearby rose bed I planted Mira and several Queen series zinnias among the roses along with delphinium, sedum, passion vine, beardies and other perennials. My cedar raised beds boxes get packed with a combination of vegetables, greens, tomatoes and flowers grown from seed such as delphinium, black knight scabiosa and chantilly snapdragons, but right now onions, ranunculus and anemones are hogging all the space. In other parts of my garden we have roses, heritage oaks, huge redwoods, many cornus, Japanese maples, osmanthus fragrans, Little Gem magnolias, rhodies and camellias and many about 10 citrus trees.

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  963. Tori on

    These sunflowers are breathtaking! I would plant them in my backyard for my grandchildren to enjoy!

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  964. Lyndsey on

    I would love to add these beauties to our little sunflower patch we grow every year! It would also be nice to add a few throughout our little garden area. I also work at the cutest little local greenhouse/marketplace so I would have to give them some to plant around the store landscape for more people to be able to enjoy. One of my very favorite things about flowers is being able to share their beauty with others, that’s what makes my heart truly happy!

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  965. Kristina Smith on

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! These are so unique and would be like growing a treasure hunt! 🌻🌻🌻

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  966. Michelle vandenberg on

    I have just purchased a grain silo (yard art). I am making a new flower bed around my new beauty. I would love to add a touch of sunflowers to my new bed

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  967. Katie on

    Wow, I’m still in awe of how cool Mother Earth is in creating masterpieces in nature. And with a little help from gardeners like you and Steve, it’s really wonderful to see such magnificent varieties. I would plant the sunflowers in the boulevard so I could be welcomed home by them and everyone who passes by could also enjoy these beautiful flowers.

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  968. Tara T on

    I would love to grow these in our patch in Bellingham. Sunflowers bring so much joy and I would love to share them with my neighbors. Who wouldn’t want to grow these amazing new seeds 🌻❤️

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  969. Kelli Newman on

    Our backyard is a horrible mess. I am considering planting the whole yard with sunflowers this year until we are able to plan and execute relandscaping. I would love to look out my back sliding glass door at the cheerful, nodding heads of hundreds of sunflowers.

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  970. Sheryl Schubert on

    I have wanted to plant some sunflowers aound my circle drive. It is about 100 ft. My neighbors enjoy my flowers & have commented on them. The sunflowers would add a special touch since I live in Kansas, the sunflower state.

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  971. Pat Orr on

    Beautiful flowers! I would love to plant them in my backyard. They are such happy flowers.

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  972. Rachel on

    These are all so beautiful! My kiddos and I grow a garden every year. Sunflowers are their favorites.

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  973. Angelina on

    I built a whole new flower garden with a specific color scheme this year, right on the edge of my orchard, so it’s my first year taking flowers to the next level! I have big dreams for the future, and Steve’s gorgeous, magical sunflowers would be the perfect addition!

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  974. Andrea on

    I would plant Steve’s beautiful sunflowers in the garden bed at the top of my hill. I can imagine a mass of sunflowers swaying in the breeze and drawing our eyes up the hill.

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  975. Rachel B. on

    Steve’s sunflowers are so beautiful. I would love to plant these in a garden where everyone can see them to bring Joy to others.

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  976. CATHY on

    I love hearing about Steve’s story. The blessing of god is amazing and seeing it within this gentlemen story is wonderful. Him moving from seeing beauty of selling flowers to then giving him his very own flower to breed and sell is wonderful. I can’t wait to see where god leads
    him and his family next. I would place the sunflowers in the front side of my garden as to give myself and others a beautiful view when first arriving up to my garden.

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  977. McKinzie Mosier on

    I love these beauties! Such an amazing story. I would love to win so I can plant them near my bee year by my kitchen window so I get to view them every day and watch the bees work them. So beautiful!

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  978. Susan on

    This story about Steve and his evolution into breeding such glorious sunflowers is so inspiring. You can just see and hear the kindness that you mentioned in both his eyes and his work and his words. I have only grown sunflower from seed a few times. The first time ever (back in the 80’s), I was so excited to see them sprout! And then one subsequent morning they were all chopped off with a “v” shaped cut of which I was informed was due to a bird’s beak. I’m sure that you’re laughing reading this! I was very naive indeed. So I replanted more seed but propped up a makeshift series of bamboo skewers and landscape cloth over them to protect them in my tiny little raised bed at the time. They grew to be about 8′ tall and all the sunflower seed heads formed and were days away from harvesting (these were an edible seed variety) when I came home from work one day that week to find the heads completely ravaged and hanging onto their tree-trunk-width stems by a thread. OMG!!! So I didn’t plant sunflowers for a LONG time, in fact, not for another 30 years. 2 years ago I planted a few (non-edible!) varieties that were magnificent and several volunteered last year. This year I want to plant them again, but I want to plant Steve’s stunningly gorgeous varieties!!! I like to plant them among a mix of perennials and fruit bearers….small fruit trees (they are babies and I’m keeping them to a max of 5-6′), blueberries and squash, and perennials and shrub herbs like rosemary, marjoram, African blue basil, several types of lavender, caryopteris, echinacea and flowering sages and more. It’s buzzer and hummer city in my garden, even in the winter! I’m in the SF Bay Area and Steve’s sunflowers would do great here!

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  979. Sarah Pribble on

    I recently moved from the South to the Midwest to care for my father, an avid hobby gardener, on hospice. Since his passing during the holidays, I’ve taken an apprenticeship to learn to be a market garden grower so I can learn to honor Dad in a way he enjoyed, and all of the apprentice work goes to benefit our local food bank in the process. I’d plant these beautiful blooms in the community garden I’m building with the new knowledge I’m acquiring-so everyone could enjoy these beauties!

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  980. Natalie Keup on

    I grow the vast majority of my tender annuals in my in-laws’ garden plot, and I would include these stunning blooms in the subscription bouquets for the very small number of supporters of my fledgling flower business.

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  981. Fran Gibson on

    What a beautiful and inspirational story. Thank you for sharing this on your blog, Floret! I truly enjoyed reading about Steve’s process of becoming a flower farmer and now a breeder. I would love to grow some of these beautiful sunflowers in my garden at home as well as our farm for cut flowers.

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  982. Judith on

    I’ll plant them in my cutting garden and put them in bouquets for more people to enjoy! These are SO cool!

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  983. Alida Milne on

    What a beautiful real time story! ‘Unfortunately’ I’m from 🇨🇦, BUT I’m going to visit my son in Dallas this April! They just bought a house and I would love to sow these sunny beauties in their backyard. Fingers crossed for a win to be able to start something pretty in their yard🌻🌻🌻

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  984. Kristen on

    These sunflowers are so beautiful! My small cutting garden has mostly zinnias and sunflowers, but these sunflowers would go in front of the house near the road to be enjoyed by everyone driving by. Congratulations to Steve on developing such beautiful flowers 😍

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  985. Holly on

    I would plant them out in my garden along with my dahlias! These are beautiful!

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  986. Candace Andrie on

    WOW!!!
    You’re right they are stunning. I tried for the first-time last year planting sunflowers from your farm, and they were great. Can’t wait to add these to my collection. Great interview and pictures.
    Candace Andrie

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  987. Laurel Ludwicki on

    I’ve long followed Steve and admired his process and the beautiful work he is doing! I love how this journey sprang from such a random place and what’s it’s evolving into.
    This year we are growing on new to us land, it’s been a sheep farm for 50 years and we are transitioning it to an organic farm. I’d love to grow these in our sunflower field and share them with our CSA members.

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  988. Deborah Jordan on

    I garden on the edge of Puget Sound in Longbranch, WA on the Key Peninsula. I love to grow sunflowers and would really love to grow these ones!

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  989. Alice Hammond on

    I would plant these at my son’s house against his fence in full sun. Beautiful colors!

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  990. Toi G on

    Hello Floret, I would gift them to my daughter in law for her to grow in her garden. She has a passion for flowers and plants.

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  991. Shanon Dickerson on

    I have co-led two study abroad programs to Holland which included visits to the Van Gogh museum. Last year, I purchased Van Gogh tulips on our program, which were sent to me in the fall. As the tulips begin to bloom this year, I am eagerly awaiting this beauty and can’t wait to see it appear in my garden. Planting a Van Gogh sunflower in the same small flower garden in our yard would be like living in a Van Gogh dream!

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  992. Valerie Lorenz on

    After reading about Steve and his journey to where he is today, I thought to myself, ‘Wow! what an inspiration!’
    We own a little farm in western Wisconsin called Chickadee Creek Farm. For the last several years our goal has been to plant native plants, flowers and trees to provide a place for birds, bees, and wildlife to thrive and flourish. Steve’s Sunflowers would be a lovely addition! Thank you!

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  993. Katie Larsen on

    These are incredible! Would love to add them to our flower fields – one of my clients is 96 years old and asks me about sunflowers every week starting on spring solstice – she can’t wait! I would love to bring her bouquets of these lovelies :)

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  994. Beverly Pleiss on

    Sunflowers are such a happy flower and I love being able to share my love of flowers with my three granddaughters! We are able to plant seeds together and then see the fruits of our labors.

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  995. Michelle on

    Everywhere, but probably in our front yard so our neighbors can enjoy them as well! We already have some Floret sunflowers, so I’d love to add more to the mix. This is my first year really prioritizing a cut flower garden in addition to vegetables, so I’m looking forward to seeing what works in our climate.

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  996. Shannen Kellim on

    Hi!
    Thank you to Steve for trying something new! These sunflowers are a dream!
    I have a 30×50 ft flower farm in rural Idaho. I sell at a farmers market 45 minutes from where I live and I do a local bouquet subscription. I mostly grow annuals, as I don’t have a ton of space and I like to try new varieties every year. My two main crops are sunflowers and zinnias. I can’t wait to buy some of the lemon drop & fantasy mix :)

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  997. Susan Bellis on

    I plant different kinds of sunflowers every year, last years growing season was difficult. Previous years were great. Probably had over ten different kinds even the 12 foot tall ones. These would go in my backyard and in the veggie garden, birds and bees love them. Grandson who is 3 thinks they are smiling at him.

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  998. Judy Predmore on

    Winning some of Steve’s sunflower seeds would be a perfect addition to my pollinator garden that surrounds my newly seeded clover lawn.
    The pollinators will be in heaven as will the walkers and joggers on my street!!
    What a great addition to anyone’s garden. I have signed up for Steve’s newsletter to learn more.

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  999. Lana Santana on

    If i were to win some of Steves Sunflower seeds, I would plant them at our community pollinator gardens which will not only add beauty but will be a wonderful addition to the difference our gardens would make in the replenishing of our pollinator population.

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  1000. Elizabeth Jones on

    When I first saw the photos of Steve’s Sunflowers ..I thought how WHIMSICAL looking. The name Van Gogh’s Fantasy is the perfect name for the sunflowers. The color variations does look like a painting. They would definitely bring a pop to my native and woodland flower arrangements. With limited growing space, I am trying intercropping so I am aiming to plant them with my dahlia raised beds. Can’t wait to share these awesome and unique sunflowers to my family and friends….Thank you Steve and bless you!

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  1001. Amiee P on

    I just revamped my farm and Steve’s beauties will be plants at the entrance to my lower gardens. Depending on how many seeds they may be by the pond as well!

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  1002. Ellen on

    Thank you for such an inspiring interview! Don’t we all love sunflowers!!!!!! I would plant a few of Steve’s special seeds in my garden to share the blooms with others at the Farmers Market. And I would love to do “guerilla-sowing” in the soil strips along our city’s busiest road, so that all may have a brighter day when they see those smiling sunflower faces as they drive by!
    Thanks again to Steve, Erin, and ALL farmers would work so hard every day!!!

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  1003. Danette Gillingham on

    I loved this interview so much! I have recently been researching the possibility of becoming a cut flower garden grower. Living on a 100 year, family farm in central, CA. We have always raised beef. However, my grandmother had a green thumb and was known for her vegetables all over our Mountain community. My teenage daughter has suggested multiple times that we begin growing flowers and revive that love for growing that grandma had. I know for certain sunflowers do amazing here in our heat and I would love to devote a whole field to Steve’s beauties!

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  1004. Toni Linder on

    Longing for a reason to turn over more dirt for gardens! Winning this lovely gift of sunflower seeds would be the perfect and reasonable excuse to do it!! If I don’t get them from you , I’ll buy them myself as I love, love, love sunflowers! My cutting gardens may be small , but they are about to get larger!

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  1005. Yandery Flores on

    I would love to plant these in my front yard that way the whole neighborhood can enjoy them. and for us to have such a sweet view greeting us every day. we have big windows looking towards our front yard and they would make such a pretty view to look at.

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  1006. Karen Smith on

    I’ve always grown vegetables in my home garden but over the last couple of years you have really inspired me. I am now growing flowers because I can always buy veggies at the farmers market and grocery store :) I remember one time growing a sunflower so my sons could see that it was an actual plant and how they grew and that they weren’t just in a bag that they ate at ball games. I would love to try sunflowers and be able to mix them in with the arrangements I will share with my family, friends and neighbors. No one says no to flowers. Thank you for helping bring so much joy to my life.

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  1007. Brooke James on

    I’d plant Steve’s seeds right outside my dining room window, so I could admire them from inside the house and could cut a few to bring inside as well! They are so very beautiful!

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  1008. Jennifer Merante on

    Your sunflowers are beautiful. Thank you for staying with it so we can enjoy your beautiful flowers. I would love to add some to my flower garden.

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  1009. Beth Glenn on

    Steve’s sunflowers are so gorgeous and the arrangements are so inspiring. I would like to plant one seed in the gardens of all of my neighbors. Especially the ones that grow no flowers. But selfishly, I will plant them in me fenced in garden to protect them from the deer. Maybe I will cut some for my neighbors.

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  1010. Jase on

    Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway! I would plant these sunflowers all around our farm, for their fight against radioactive waste. Unfortunately all the toxic waste from New Palestine is being dumped 4 miles from our farm and we need all the purifying plants we can get our hands on. When I first read that sunflowers are a great option I was a bit frustrated because I do not enjoy typical sunflowers but these are LOVELY and I would enjoy their view so much!

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  1011. Melissa on

    Wow Steve…gorgeous sunflowers!! You are truly an inspiration. I would love to have some of your sunflowers in my garden. I grow cut flowers for the fun of it and give them away to friends and family.

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  1012. Linda Kriss on

    I would plant them in my courtyard in a large aluminum planter. It’s the sunniest part of the yard.
    I will be setting my alarm early to try and buy some of Steve’s seeds. Thank you for being the most amazing champion of beautiful flowers and those who grow them.

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  1013. Sarah on

    Gorgeous! I have never seen anything like the amazing sunflowers Steve and his team are cultivating! I would plant them all together at one end of my garden. The end that fronts the road. They would get the best sun there and everyone that walks or drives by would get a big sunshiney sunflower smile as they pass by.

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  1014. Paul Dow on

    I enjoy growing and sharing flowers and produce from my garden on the Puget Sound. All of my nieces enjoy decorating their homes from my flowers. The colors of the evening sunsets greatly enhance the different shades of the flowers. What a joy it is to share the beauty of all of this!

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  1015. Barbara Bennett on

    Breathtaking, Show Stopping Sunflower Steve! So glad Steve pursued these Sunflowers against all of the odds and likely at great personal cost.
    I would love to grow the Lemon Drop Mix and Van Gogh’s Fantasy Mix on my micro flower farm in Richmond VA! Just imagining how protective I would be at each stage of growing (they would NOT be direct seeded—wouldn’t want to chance even one seed to a gourmet bird snack :). They would be the most watched and photographed flower ever on my farm! With all the credit going to Steve!

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  1016. Cindy Doglione on

    Just stunning! As I will be retiring this year, my new 8-5 job will be working in my garden – sunup to sundown. Steve’s sunflowers would be part of my passion project.

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  1017. Kate Moore on

    Hi. I would plant the Sunflower Steve sunflower seeds in my garden by my pond. I would also save the seeds to share with my family and friends to spread the love and joy of growing flowers.

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  1018. wendy on

    A sunny welcome at the beginning of our driveway would bring many smiles!

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  1019. Carol Smithback on

    These are incredible! I love that Steve said “ God nudged him”. Such a wonderful and inspiring journey. I would plant them in my raised beds in Arroyo Grande, Ca where I grow cut flowers for me and my neighbors 🌼

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  1020. Diane Kruger on

    I just planted a pollinator garden last year (2 actually) and I am excited to see how they develop. I would love to add some sunflowers into my lawn landscaping as it is very much a blank canvas yet. The photographer mentioned in this article is the daughter-in-law of some new friends of mind.

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  1021. Vera Linton on

    Hi, my name is Vera and I started a garden in my backyard about five years ago. It’s been a labor of love, failures and learning but all a labor of love. Although small, my garden, almost resembles what I pictured in my head when I started this journey except there are no sunflowers. Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. I have a perfect spot picked out for them that will complete the garden pictured in my imagination. Thank you!

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  1022. Ashley Eastman on

    These sunflowers are STUNNING! It was a real treat to read about Steve and to see all these gorgeous flowers that he’s growing. I have a little bed along my back fence that I always reserve for sunflowers here in Oregon. It was actually a sunflower that got me hooked on flower gardening back in 2020! That was a dark period all around, but watching my sunflowers grow gave me so much peace and satisfaction. Since then I’ve added a lot more flowers, and I’m running out of space at this point! What a lovely problem to have.

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  1023. Tania on

    I live in California and have loved Sunflowers for many years. Your varieties are stunning. I would plant along my front yard fence for all to appreciate.

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  1024. Katherine Horton on

    These are so beautiful! I can’t wait to try them! I am so blessed that God nudged him to try it out.

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  1025. Yandery Flores on

    I would plant them I front of my house in the front yard for everyone in the neighborhood to see them and enjoy them as much as I would. We have big windows looking towards our front yard and they would make a lovely view.

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  1026. Kathy Berd on

    I will plant these in my P Patch plot in North Seattle. A few gardeners there have stunning dahlias that all who pass through our gardens enjoy. These will be a nice addition to that late summer color fest. Folks in the neighborhood walk through the P Patch garden all the time to embrace all that grows there. I also create weekly bouquets from mine and other gardens there, and leave them on the table we have near the central compost bins for everyone. ( Since they sometimes “walk” away, I only use thrift store vases and mason jars to hold these arrangements. ) Thanks for sharing Steve’s info.

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  1027. Holly Monte on

    My dear friend has MBC. To say she’s had a rough winter would be putting it very mildly. She & her daughters love sunflowers so I would love to gift her a bouquet of Sunflower Steve’s gorgeous mix. Thanks!

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  1028. Debbie Rochon on

    Oh My Gosh! His flowers & forms are delicious! I would plant them in my cut flower garden to protect them from the deer & elk. A have a friend with whom I share seeds and she would get a few seeds for her garden, too. I’m getting my floret seeds ready for planting inside because we’re still getting snow and am anxious to watch them grow. Thank you for sharing Sunflower Steve. I hope they do well for you!

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  1029. Natalie Hudson on

    what a magnificent story!
    I would love to plant the sunflowers in our garden! We actually till a 50′ strip by our road edge of the property and plant sunflowers for the community to enjoy. In years past, I’ve taken the heads after they wilt, dried them, and mailed sunflowers to friends to plant in their gardens the next year too. They’re also great snacks to toss to our chickens over the winter. I’m a full time high school art teacher, and Van Gogh is a long standing favorite artist of mine, so the mix title is serendipitous at best.

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  1030. Monica Lucas on

    I am so excited and hope to get my hands on some of Sunflower Steve’s seeds. I would plant them in the back of my front yard mixed perennial beds for all to see. Beauty like this just needs to be shared!!

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  1031. Kristin Fontana on

    In the spring of 2021 my son decided to plan his engagement proposal by planting a field full of sunflowers for his fiancé (this is her favorite flower of course). He worked tirelessly to create a special day for his proposal. All the planting, weeding and watering was done by hand. It was truly a labor of love and a proposal that we are still talking about. They were married last summer and once again he planted more sunflowers to surprise her on their wedding day. After reading the story of Steve, I see the familiar spark of determination in my son. While we told our son he was crazy for attempting such a feat while working full time and without the proper farming equipment, he was never deterred. After the proposal, he harvested the seeds to give away on their wedding day and saved the rest for planting the next year. When I see sunflowers now, I am reminded of his determination and amazing love for his new wife.
    I would like to surprise my son and my new daughter-in-law with these fabulous sunflowers for their first wedding anniversary this summer. Thank you, Steve, for sharing such beautiful flowers with us!

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  1032. Jess on

    I grew some of Steve’s Van Goghs last year, but this year I will plant both Van Goghs and Lemon Drops in a large bed devoted to just sunflowers. Hoping for slightly less rain this spring so they can really get some height! April 10th will mark 13 years in WA so fingers crossed I win some extra Steve seeds :)

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  1033. Caroline Royal on

    I love this story!! I recently came across Steve on Instagram and didn’t know your connection and involvement in his journey – but why am I surprised!

    I would love to grow some of his sunflowers! I am starting a cutting garden at a girls home in an extremely impoverished neighborhood outside of Birmingham, AL. We have two rows of 30ft where we’ll grow zinnias, cosmos, etc. Our team of volunteers will work alongside the girls and teach them about growing flowers, cultivating beauty, and arranging cut flowers! We are so thrilled for this opportunity to bring beauty and a happy hobby into the lives of the orphaned poor of our city.

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  1034. Jamie on

    Another wonderful inspiration, and such beautiful sunflowers. I would add them to my backyard micro flower field /gardens I created in my small hometown in california.

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  1035. Karen Risser on

    Sunflower Steve’s story of determination and pivoting is pure inspiration. Thank you for sharing Steve with us! I can’t wait for his flowers to be more broadly available. Gardening geeks appreciate the beauty he shares!

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  1036. Alicia Riley on

    These are STUNNING! I live on a small farmette in Carroll County, MD that runs long ways along our road. We plant several very long rows of sunflowers between the road and our pasture fence. Strangers and neighbors alike driving by will stop and tell us how much joy those flowers bring them on their travels or commutes, and we have to agree! My favorite part of those sunflowers is the magic my children’s experience in their planting and growth, and then picking them our just simply walking among them. These flowers would be even more magical!

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  1037. Terri Kelly on

    We grow sunflowers b/c we enjoy them-trying to plant many different varieties of sunflowers this year so this would be an amazing addition!!

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  1038. Evelyn on

    Our family has an old barn on a small hillside in Kitsap County that may be a backdrop for a big drift of sunflowers. We don’t use the barn for hay or milking or horses anymore, its future may be an extravagantly large garden shed for me. I hope to grow cut flowers one day soon.

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  1039. Anne-Marie on

    We would love to plant these at our home in sunny California. Stunning!

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  1040. Sharon Stevens on

    Yellow … a backyard of lemon yellow sunflowers. What could be more glorious! Hope to visit Sunflower Steve on April 1.
    Sstevens

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  1041. Jessie on

    We bought the house my husband grew up in last spring and wanted to start a garden then but we were expecting our second daughter. This year we’ve started seeds for flowers and vegetables and are preparing an old, small field for a garden. I would love to have these beautiful sunflowers growing in our patch!!

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  1042. Ellen Delano on

    I will be the envy of everyone in the Tidewater of Virginia if I can get my hands on these seeds. The sunflowers would be a boon to my flower field on my family farm.

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  1043. Laura Burbridge on

    Your flowers will be so beautiful along my chicken garden fence. They will provide shade for the girls in the hot summer months and in the fall lots of cover from the migrating hawks. It will also be fun to plant some tiny pumpkins to grow among the stocks. I look forward to being in my kitchen and looking out the window at these amazing sunflowers and the lift my spirit will get by their beauty.

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  1044. Marissa Knudson on

    As a girl lucky to spend her formative years rowing up alongside rows and rows of sunflowers used mainly in seed production in rural Northern California, I have loved them my whole life. I would plant Steve’s stunning sunflowers 🌻 right next to my edible garden so it could have pollinators come from all around! Thank you Erin for your tireless work and thank you Steve for reminding everyone that sunflowers are still one of my favorites!

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  1045. Kimberly Lawrence on

    Every summer I let the sunflowers take over one plot of my garden in the front yard on either side of the sidewalk so that it creates a tunnel and the neighborhood kids get such a kick out of it as they walk through, hide in it and play. I would love to make it even more magical with your seeds!

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  1046. Natalie on

    Love Steve’s story of trusting God’s nudging. A beautiful realization of His amazing creativity. Thank you for sharing Steve’s story. I would plant Steve’s sunflowers in our Pacific Northwest cut flower garden to succeed our favorite Floret sweet peas.

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  1047. Mauricia Mortensen on

    What a beautiful story of faith with an incredibly fruitful harvest. I’m in love with sunflowers and love to see them paired with roses, daisies and zinnias. In fact, these combinations were what my wedding flowers were composed of.
    In Utah, we are hot and dry during the summers, but by the grace of God, we’ve had record amounts of precipitation this year. So, I am ultra excited about flower farming this year.
    If I had the opportunity to plant Steve’s seeds, I would plant them along my fence line in my front yard. This way I could have a physical support system, and create an eye catching transition line between my neighbors yard and my flower rows.

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  1048. Heather on

    Loved reading through this! Thank you Sunflower Steve for listening to that nudge and stewarding this creation. Truly beautiful!

    In rural northern missouri these sunflower seeds would find themselves a home. Surrounded by awe and bewilderment from many a loved neighbor.

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  1049. Teresa on

    I’d love to have my kids help me plant them along our property line! So beautiful 🤩

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  1050. Sharon on

    Here in Holland MI we are known for tulips but sunflowers also do amazingly well. I used to grow a lot of volunteer sunflowers but have gotten away from it in the last few years. Want to grow them again on my corner lot with much traffic for many to enjoy. Such a great variety. Really enjoyed reading about Sunflower Steve. What an amazing story! Thanks for passing this on.

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  1051. Spring on

    I so enjoyed reading your interview with Steve today, his flowers are absolutely stunning. At our farm in Iowa we plant sunflowers and a mix of zinnias along old red gates next to our barn at the entrance to our buildings. This spot is a highlight to anyone visiting and to us from our view on the porch. I would love to add these beauties in this spot to make it extra special with unique color.

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  1052. Michelle on

    We have 9 rectangular raised beds in our Oregon garden, and every year my son (now 16) insists that we plant a sunflower in every corner. We love the way they tower over us when we sit in the garden, attract birds, make gorgeous bouquets,provide shade, and even when other crops fail, they always seem to thrive. Steve’s varieties are unlike anything we’ve ever seen- we love the colors!

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  1053. Jan Weakley on

    This was such an exciting interview. I just wish I was 30 years younger with land as I certainly was inspired to start a sunflower garden. At 85 I live at Warm Beach Senior Community in my own home with a garden, just enough room to grow some sunflowers that I could share and bring a smile to my neighbors. Oh what fun that would be!

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  1054. Dianna W on

    These are absolutely stunning to look at. I would plant them with my grandchildren in our small cut flower garden. Maybe even a few by the chicken coop. They love watching seeds grow and I know they will so appreciate the beauty of these awesome flowers.

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  1055. Natalie Woo on

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. I would plant them in my garden where we host friends and family during the summers and perhaps some in front of my art studio nestled in the garden. We currently have 200+ heirloom narcissus and tulips planted by my six year old sun and I . The greatest joy is not only planting the sunflowers but giving them away.

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  1056. Laura Higgins on

    Sunflower Steve’s flowers are beautiful and unique! I would love to plant his sunflowers along my fenced veggie/flower garden area. They would make a terrific border. I would plant them in the garden area, too. Oh, the summer bouquets would be so happy and uplifting.

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  1057. Helen Baldwin on

    I’d plant some in my community garden plot so more people could see how cheerful and beautiful they are. I’d plant some here at home along the north side of my vegetable garden so I could see them every day!

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  1058. Debra Byrd on

    I retired from Walmart in “21 after 22 years. I had been following you after buying seeds at a local nursery. A QR code was printed on the packets and scanned the QR code. It opened up a world of beauty I could only compare to my childhood where my grandmother worked her botanical abilities on her awkward hillside home. Iris, peonies, bleeding hearts, bachelor buttons, goldenrod, roses every kind of roses.
    I loved seeing your fields farm and classes. My first order of echinacea, sweetpea, zinnias I order was definitely a lesson of my lack of knowledge and skill at growing. But watching you still inspires me to keep going. I’m merely hoping to enhance my yardbeds and create some borders I can enjoy .
    Thank you for sharing Steves sunflowers and I would love to win some of his sunflowers and mixed packet. I would use these along my backyard fence to view from my kitchen window and patio and pool deck.
    Love what you do!

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  1059. SJ on

    Along my property line so my neighbor can enjoy them too.

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  1060. Mark Warnick on

    Outstanding article!!! Kudos to Steve for living the dream & making it happen. We have a 160A farmstead in the Sunflower State (Kansas) that we are wanting to develop into a viable flower farm. Sunflowers & zinnias are two crops we are adding this season. We would love to introduce Steve’s beautiful sunflowers to others in the Sunflower State.

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  1061. Antonia on

    I would plant them in my community garden to add an area of beauty there and in my parents ever expanding garden. These varieties are absolutely stunning!!

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  1062. Tina Vanderlin on

    Loved this story! I live in Az and have had great luck growing sunflowers, I love to grow them! Last year I had the tallest most beautiful one in my front yard garden and someone actually cut it and stole it, after my initial anger I thought I hope they enjoy it they must have needed it more than me. I would love to win a packet of his special sunflowers to try!

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  1063. Catherine Hoernlein on

    I have been fascinated with his sunflowers and wanting some in my garden. I have been planting a double row of a number of varieties as a back drop to my Floret inspired cut flower garden. If I were lucky enough to acquire Steve’s seeds I have a long flower bed along my front lawn that I would plant them to show off to the whole neighborhood his stunning flowers!

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  1064. Jessica on

    Such amazing inspiration touching story, and his sunflowers are just gorgeous! I am a small midwest flower farm. I have great space,and I just keep adding a variety of flowers. I just started a few years ago. Zinnas, comos, Sweet peas,snapdragons, bachelor buttons,and different kinds of sunflowers. My favorite are strawberry lemonade, red,and chocolate sunflowers. Looking forward to this new season seeing pollinators in the garden.

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  1065. Vera on

    What amazing sunflowers! I also live in Wisconsin, and love cut flowers! This year I am planning to design a sunflower house for my son, a large space with varied heights and mix of sunflowers with a canopy of morning glories….and who am I kidding, also for cut flowers to share with friends and family!

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  1066. Cindy on

    One can’t help but follow the amazing farmers Erin spotlights! I have been doing so since before my first Floret order in 2016. The sunflowers would be planted beside a town road that runs across the ridge we live on. You can look down the valley toward the opposite ridgeline from this road. I am envisioning the sun setting on the sunflowers enhancing the view for all who pass to see.

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  1067. Pirri on

    These are so lovely! It would make my granddaughter happy to add these to her garden area as she loves sunflowers!

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  1068. Heather Huberty on

    I am so bummed that I missed Steve’s seed sale. I live in a small town in Wyoming and work with an amazing wedding florist that grows most of her flowers. This year I have a 10 x 16 bed at my local community garden. I would love to grow them there and share their beauty. I am also a artist and am daydreaming of quilts and paintings inspired by theses beautiful sunflowers. Pick me!

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  1069. Sonya on

    I would plant them in my flower garden in front of my house by the driveway where everyone driving by or pulling in can have a splash of sunshine greet them.

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  1070. Rachael McBee on

    I would plant them around my compost bins…they are visible from the busy front road of my neighborhood.

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  1071. Margaret Thorson on

    Doubles and semi doubles are my favorite sunflowers. These would go out in the cutting garden and be sold to local San Juan Island folks.

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  1072. Anna Jennings on

    I would plant them with my 6 year old flower loving daughter in our backyard in Idaho. It is a privilege to surround my 4 little kids with beautiful flowers as they grow up. I believe kids (and adults) are kinder and more loving when surrounded by such incredible beauty!

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  1073. Rose H on

    My dream is to have a whole field to plant cut flowers in someday but for now I would love to have a ring of sunflowers all around my vegetable garden!

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  1074. Karen Ramsey on

    Thank you for this interview, it was just what I needed this morning after reading my newspaper filled with such disturbing news stories. What is it about sunflowers that makes everyone smile?

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  1075. Stacy Klaus on

    Sunflowers are my agency logo and I would show them off in my office all the time!

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  1076. Cara Jaye on

    I just love these gorgeous sunflowers – especially the Van Gogh fantasy mix. I would plant these in my small suburban garden that is packed with annuals and perennials in the summer months. I would put them in the front yard for all to see and enjoy!

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  1077. Aimee on

    We’d plant them on the farm, and share them with our neighbours – gulf islands, BC, Canada!

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  1078. Jessica Sampsel on

    Omg, I’ve been dying to my hands on his sunflower seeds. I first hear about Sunflower Steve on YouTube from Flower Hill Farm (Nicole).

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  1079. Susan Olson on

    I love Sunflowers – they make me happy! I would plant along my driveway so when people come to my house, they feel like they are in a happy place!

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  1080. Susan Beall on

    Since I am no longer going to have sheep in my pasture I would love to begin turning it into a meadow that would be home to birds and bees. Planting Lemon Drop Mix and Van Gogh’s Fantasy Mix would be a beautiful start for this endeavor. I live in Eastern Washington with lots of hot sunny days.

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  1081. Mary McCoy on

    I love your sunflowers! I hope to order your offering on April 1!

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  1082. Natalia Braga (Nati) on

    I love flowers. Small flowers, big flowers, yellow flowers, sweet smelling flowers, rainbow colored flowers, all flowers! If I ever did get a packet of these gorgeous flowers, I would plant them right in front of my house so that all of my neighbors could see, so that all of the people driving by could see, so that especially my mother could see since she treasures sunflowers so dearly. Sitting there, gazing at the field of flowers, watching God’s beautiful creation grow. We live in the country, a place where all the drivers on the highway drive right past. A place that needs some brightening so that they can see a meadow of golden flowers so magnificent that someone who needs a smile has a chance to really stop and smell the flowers.

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  1083. Jen on

    Beautiful work Sunflower Steve! And you Floret, for helping him get his seeds out into the hands of so many!

    I have a large backyard garden full rotating beds of spring, summer & fall bulbs and tubers, annuals, perennials, herbs & veggies. It’s a fun mix that’s different every year. These gorgeous new sunflower varieties would look amazing next the split rail fence along one side!

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  1084. Maral on

    What a delightful story! I would love to try and grow these in my garden along a fence, and use the cuttings for my daughters baptism. Her name is Arevik, which means sunshine, and she’s already shown that she loves sunflowers! 🌻

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  1085. Carrie on

    What a project! We terraced part of our property a few years ago to plant fruit trees, some went in last year & a few more are going in this spring. I would love to plant some of sunflowers Steve’s flowers all around these terraces!

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  1086. Emily Eavey on

    I would plant them at my mother in laws house! She was the one who got me interested in gardening and heirloom seed varieties and I am so thankful for her ❤️

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  1087. KO on

    I would plant these gorgeous sunflowers right down the middle of my vegetable garden, and along the border so they can be seen from the house!

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  1088. Antoinette T. on

    Love, love , love sunflowers! Inspired to grow some sunflowers since attending the Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit on Van Gogh this past January.

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  1089. Linda Griffin on

    I would plant them in my side yard that faces my kitchen window. It’s actually my neighbors’ but I have kept it planted since moving here 30 years ago since they let it go to weeds and junk! They don’t look at it, but I do! Sunflowers would do very well there and would be a gorgeous view every day! Great interview. Thank you for sharing this amazing work!

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  1090. Michelle Treber on

    Beautiful- unlike any sunflowers I’ve seen. I would grow them at the back of my garage area. Over 100 year old home would love this look.

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  1091. Alyssa Kolski on

    I live in Albuquerque, NM and my husband and I have built a lovely garden between the chamisas that we call Butterscotch Place. We have two sons, ages 2 and 4, who are learning to love flowers. They have their own garden space and these sunflowers would be lovely additions along the fence in the sun.

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  1092. Lauren on

    Amazing flowers Steve! I am in love with those lemon drop sunflowers. I am new to growing flowers from seeds and my husband is currently building me my first ever raised garden beds in our backyard. I share my love of flowers with my mom who lives close by and for years I have helped her with and admired her garden. My mom loves sunflowers, I would share these seeds with her as well as plant some in my new beds as I design my first backyard garden!

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  1093. Kimberly D on

    I like to plant a row of sunflowers along the “back fence” of my vegetable garden where they won’t block the sun from my veggies. In that location, they face the house so I can see them from my office and they keep me company when I’m gardening. I would love to see Steve’s sunflowers every time I walk out my front door…breath taking.

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  1094. Rachel K on

    This year I’m putting in a new garden next to the road, so that hopefully our neighbors can enjoy cut-your-own bouquets when they walk by! These flowers are SO stunning, and the interview was inspiring, too! Thank you!

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  1095. LaShell Staley on

    Well I’d plant them in my Iowa garden! I’m am peony grower and have a micro-farm in the city too. I think it would be a perfect spot so the people at the church behind my house could see them! And I could answer their questions about Steve’s great work!

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  1096. Barbara Nelson on

    The photos of Steve’s sunflowers are stunning! I’ve purchased several packets of seeds that are new to me and hope to have a lovely variety of sunflowers to cut and share with family and friends. Thank you for introducing Steve and sharing his contact information.

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  1097. Michelle M. on

    I would plant them in the back of the property around my greenhosue for the bees and birds to enjoy!

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  1098. Theresa Lown on

    So beautiful! I’ve never been a fan of sunflowers, but seeing all these new varieties that are on the market now, I have become a convert! I just retired from teaching first grade for 33 years and embarking on my first garden this year in my new home in Idaho. I have plans to plant sunflowers along my fence line. Hoping it all turns out! Love your books, Erin. They have given me confidence.

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  1099. Novak Nicole on

    There is nothing more glorious than looking out my bedroom window and seeing the faces of my sunflowers looking back at me. I have a large vegetable/flower garden that is appreciated by butterflies and birds, bees and all the other pollinators. At the end of the season I let the birds have their fill of the sunflower seeds and luckily, they drop some seeds that come up in the oddest locations. None are turned away!

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  1100. Kristen on

    My house sits next to an empty lot that is currently just grass, I’m trying to get our city to let me start a small com garden there. I would plant a wall of these sunflowers along the fence line, I think it would be beautiful and something the whole neighborhood could enjoy.

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  1101. Sarah King on

    I live in western Massachusetts so they would be happily planted in my community garden plot next to my beloved borage and seaholly! Blues to compliment the sunflower color scheme!

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  1102. Te'Jal Cartwright on

    This was an amazing story to read. Thank you for sharing your flowers, Steve! I love flowers and have been buying them for our household for years. I recently found the courage to start my own garden in my backyard. I wanted to make sure that I did enough research and prep to sustain a small garden that will include wildflowers mostly. I’m excited for the butterfly and hummingbird friends that we’ll see. If I won the sunflower seeds, I would plant them and share a few with a neighbor that grows sunflowers every year!

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  1103. Kelly West on

    I love mixing a row of sunflowers into my dahlia patch. They are so cheerful and compliant every bouquet. My daughter (9) takes pride in growing the sunflower row and tending to them.

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  1104. Gretchen Gray on

    I have a small horse farm in North Carolina. There is a field up front as you turn into the gravel road that would be perfect for planting a large crop. I’d love to work with my locally owned feed store to make some of Steve’s breathtaking flowers available. I’ve signed up for the blog and hope to see some of these beauties in person this year!!

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  1105. Amy in MN on

    Wow! I just realized that Steve is practically a neighbor. I live 15 minutes away, just across the Mississippi River. I would love to feature some of Steve’s sunflowers in my entrance garden… can you imagine a happier welcome than a bunch of blooming sunflowers just outside the front door??

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  1106. Chris Scholl on

    Wow, this is fantastic! What varieties of sunflowers…who knew? We live in Albuquerque NM (desert) up close to the Sandia Mountains. We have many people walking by our yard each day to get into the foothills, and we would love to treat their eyes to some beautiful sunflowers!

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  1107. Terry Rice on

    I would love to add some of these beautiful sunflowers to my vegetable/flower garden here in Othello, WA.

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  1108. kristin on

    So beautiful! I would plant them in my favorite spot in my backyard, right next to my raised beds. I love walking outside every day and seeing not only the food I’m growing, but also beautiful flowers feeding the bees.

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  1109. Sylvia Stewart on

    Absolutely stunning, wish I had a USA addresses! Can’t wait till Sunflower Steve can ship to Canada!! Loved his murals also!

    I have issues with deer in my yard so my husband and I put up a deer fence. I line this ever year with sunflowers. Some were 14 ft tall. It is my place of comfort and escape when all is in bloom!
    Cheers and blessing to all!

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  1110. Barb Jensen on

    These flowers are amazing! I would plant a sunflower house with morning glories traveling up the sunflower stems (something from Sharon Lovejoy). It would be somewhere in my suburban backyard. We have hosted young families from our church here during the pandemic as they didn’t have any outside to play in because the parks were closed. They are still coming! They would get a kick out of playing inside it. I’m just a former country girl who loves flowers. I’ve converted our front lawn into plantable space for flowers and vegetables. Still learning every season. Sunnyvale, California, zone 9b.

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  1111. M on

    I’d love to plant these along the walkway to my front door!

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  1112. Jessie McKinley on

    What an incredible and inspiring story! My great grandpa was a master gardener and created a new variety of sweet potato in Oklahoma back in 1950. I’ve just begun my own journey of planting my own flowers/vegetables and I would love to add these to my yard! 😍

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  1113. Christine Allen on

    I live in the town of North Plains, Oregon, known for the fastest growing town in the state. I have a corner garden that I fill with flowers that I bless friend’s & neighbors & coworkers w/bouquets. Across the street is an empty lot that’s begging for a field of sunshine. I would love to be considered for seeds to plant to bless the community this year. Bikers, walkers, and people just drive by each year to see what I call: “My Blessing Flower Garden” from me to you.

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  1114. Barbara S on

    Thank you for the interesting history of Sunflower Steve. These sunflowers are beautiful and unique. I would plant them on my family’s homesteaded land – for us all to love and enjoy!

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  1115. Alana on

    What beauties. As a new mother, I’ve dreamt of my daughter wandering through our garden, pausing to appreciate every aspect of its wonder. These sunflowers would be an amazing addition for their beauty, and for contributing to our ecosystem that we have worked so hard to restore.

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  1116. Cynthia Cameron on

    Beautiful sunflowers. I would plant them to make a secret garden for my 2 year old granddaughter to explore.

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  1117. Elizabeth Costa on

    Such an inspiring article! We just cleared 1/2 an acre and are planning the new plantings for that area now. Im going to have to leave a space for our sunflower field now!

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  1118. A Poling on

    Sunflowers are so stunning! I would plant ours on my parent’s rural property so my 96 yr old grandma could enjoy them. :)

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  1119. Rae on

    Sitting here wondering where I would plant them! I am settling on the idea of planting them out by the outdoor kitchen where we can enjoy them as we sit on the patio sipping our lemon drops.

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  1120. May on

    We don’t have a yard and so if possible we would plant them in a planter on our balcony so that when people walk past they could be greeted with glorious sunflower 🌻 sunshine ! Thanks for sharing the story and beautiful photos!

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  1121. Sarah Eskenazi on

    Steve, your story is inspiring! I’m just discovering the delights and pitfalls of collecting seeds from my flower garden and others to reproduce the following spring. I typically have hundreds of seedlings, mostly zinnias, rubekia, and sunflowers. I think that I get more excited from collecting seeds and seeing what flowers bloom while also leaving most of the sunflowers for the birds. Still learning and having fun! Thanks, Sarah

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  1122. Jennifer on

    My husband and I moved to the Olympic Peninsula with our 5 children and a dream to market garden. We are beginning our third growing season. Flowers are my creative outlet, and I am thankful for the opportunity to grow some in our market garden. At the encouragement of my husband, sunflowers are an important part of our flowers and I would be thrilled to have some of these beauties to offer our customers!

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  1123. Renee Funk on

    Beautiful story and flowers! I would plant them in my large flower beds for all to enjoy.

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  1124. Annie Hedlund on

    I’m a native Oregonian, and I grew up on my family’s grass seed farm in the Willamette Valley. Several years ago, I realized that farming was in my blood, but instead of grass I could grow beautiful cut flowers. As flowers go, I found myself needing just a little more room each year. I have a beautiful spot, about 1/4 of an acre , nestled right in between an oak grove and my neighbors vineyard. These sunflowers would definitely add some spunk to my countryside flower farm. Thank you for considering me!

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  1125. Melissa Firuz on

    If I won a packet of seeds I would give them to my son. I am 75 now. I no longer have a garden but my love of gardening has grown in my son. His garden is a wonder. He keeps increasing his growing areas removing the sod and adding hard scape and planting beds. He has two little girls age 4 & 3 whose favorite thing to do is make mud pies and play with worms. We spent last Sunday morning poking holes and planting seeds together.

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  1126. DeeDee White on

    These sunflowers blew my mind. I would love to plant some in my garden on puget sound. I do special occasion floral, I need to create with these incredible blooms.

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  1127. Ellie Lochhead on

    Beautiful flowers! I have a rusty old pasture gate that would be a perfect place to plant sunflowers in front of…cut flowers are what I like to grow! They bring such happiness to everyone.

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  1128. Lori Wolford on

    Those sunflowers are amazing and one of my favorites for the garden. I would plant them in my garden area up against an old shed. I recently painted the old shed to make it more palatable in the neighborhood. The colorful sunflowers would be gorgeous against the new sage green of this old shed.

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  1129. Maggie on

    Oh, how beautiful! I would love to plant some of these amazing sunflowers in our family garden here in northern Alabama. My sister and I hope to be growing extra flowers for our brother’s wedding this summer, Lord willing, and these would be perfect!

    I’m very inspired by your story, Mr. Sunflower Steve. May God bless your endeavors!

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  1130. Seasonn on

    I’ve been swooning over these beautiful flowers since I learned about them and have been waiting patiently to be able to buy some for my own garden. I don’t currently have a yard as I live in a townhouse. I’m building a 3×4 bed this year to have a go at my first attempt at a cut flower garden. The sunflowers would take pride of place in my new garden bed! It faces due east and will get all the morning sun till about 1pm. So thrilled for Steve and that he will be sharing his seeds soon.

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  1131. Ann on

    My farm is backyard tiny— so I’d squeeze them into a single or double row down the backyard fence. Or I’d try a few in crates between a court and shop — narrow strip where I’m growing my annuals in crates this year. Bad idea? My tiny field will be all dahlias. I was born and raised in the Sunflower state of Kansas whose motto is Ad astera per aspersa. To the stars through difficulty. So you can bet I’d find a place — just not in between a row of dahlias. I did that last year and tho they saved my subscriptions in a tough growing year, I think they took too much nutrition away from the dahlias.
    I also might take out an arbor vitae hedge — prep for notill and grow them in that space. Would love that for a signature 🌻 welcome near our driveway!

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  1132. Jennifer Brouse on

    I live in Pennsylvania and since my injury 3 years ago I’ve taken to gardening. This year my dream is a flower garden where my kids can set up a small stand and sell bouquets. I would be thrilled to grow some of Steve’s gorgeous sunflowers for my kids and community! They are stunning!

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  1133. Marti on

    Sunflowers always make me smile – I would plant them where I could look outside and see them while I am working inside!

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  1134. Helen R on

    Be still my heart! I’ve dreamed of such beautifully varied sunflowers, and now I find that Steve has made my dream a reality. I have the perfect planting location, a sunny bed just outside my window where I can watch the flowers follow the sun all day long. Thanks to both Erin and Steve for the wonderful interview.

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  1135. Danielle Mellroth on

    I’ve been following Steve and his amazing sunflowers on Instagram for a year or so. Incredible! I have a large garden in my backyard in downtown Lynnwood WA. I grow a variety of flowers and vegetables along with berries. I would love to grow some of Steve’s beauties this year. 💗. I also received some of your seeds for Christmas this year and I’m excited to grow them. Thank you Erin and Steve for being such flower growing inspirations for me.

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  1136. Candace Spiro on

    Joy! Such a wonderful outcome from idea to hard work to harvest to share. I would plant outside my mothers window, more confined now at 93. She would wake to a smile every morning and know we all had her in mind.

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  1137. Debbie Blagovich on

    Hi Steve! What a beautiful story! Flowers are my life. Being out in God’s creation, feeling the warmth of the sunshine and watching what feels like a miracle, time and time again, as beauty bursts from the ground. The area I would love to plant some of your gorgeous sunflowers is out behind my rose garden between two obelisks that have Polka and Eden on them. It’s the perfect spot to complement the variety of colors shining through in your sunflowers. I have a small garden, but packed full of every plant that has ever grabbed my attention. Yours have truly done that. Thanks for considering the possibility of sending me seeds. They would definitely complement my garden. ♥️

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  1138. Clarissa Montoya on

    I would love to grow some of the Van Gough’s Fantasy Mix! What an amazing journey. I watched Steve’s story online and I appreciate all the hard work he has put into developing his seeds. I live on the edge of our neighborhood and grow sunflowers along the back border of our yard. It is a space dedicated to sunflowers and cosmos, intended to attract pollinators to the veggie garden. Thank you for the opportunity to win some.

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  1139. Bonnie on

    What a story!! I would love to plant his seeds in my granddaughter’s flower garden in my backyard! They love cutting!!

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  1140. Marlene Sweda on

    Enjoyed reading the interview and love the story of how Steve started his flower farm. We are a start up flower farm (2 years now) that has had some past set backs, due to broken arm and job loss, which caused some field set backs. All healed and barreling through to get caught up. I plan to plant sunflowers in front field where I have carved out three new fenced beds. Steve’s sunflowers are so beautiful.

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  1141. Melanie L Schleich on

    We live on a small farm and we have a field right by a state highway. Wouldn’t it look great to see it in sunflowers 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

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  1142. Laurey on

    After reading all the comments before mine, I’m sure no matter who the seeds end up with will appreciate and love the sunflowers wherever they are planted. I have about a quarter acre of land set aside for native Wisconsin prairie and would plant them there. I have never seen Steve’s sunflowers before and they are some of the most beautiful ever. Thank you for introducing me to them and good luck to everyone entering!

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  1143. Joyce Power on

    I would love to plant some of Sunflower Steve’s beautiful sunflowers in my small backyard flower farm for bouquets. They are truly stunning!!! Thanks for sharing! 🌻

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  1144. Latisha Liptrap on

    My town burned down in the 2018 camp fire in paradise California. I was able to rebuild and so was my 80 yr old neighbor, but no one else on my street has, so it’s just me and my neighbor and around us the land is sparce and bare. I have put in a beautiful garden but my neighbor is struggling because he lost 60 yrs worth of his things and the trees that he loved. So, I have begun to work my property and fill it with flowers and I started helping him plant some on his property. If I won I would plant them near the property line we both share so that we both can enjoy seeing the beautiful sunflowers and have them bring beauty and smiles back into our neighborhood. But, truth be told I would plant them for my neighbor so that he can see that there is still beauty after so much destruction and pain.

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  1145. Trisha on

    I’ve been dreaming of growing these sunflowers the second you introduced him on your site. I would love to be able to grow a whole row of them in our garden by our apple trees. It would bring such joy to be able to not only share them with my loved ones, but to offer fun family/loved one photos in front of them. I am patiently waiting to show our new born all of the flowers and colors and joys of the gardening world.

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  1146. Heather Mingus on

    Oooh such beauty….. I would grow them in a box I would grow them with a Fox…. I would grow them here and there I would grow them everywhere. Yes, I’m a Nana that has been reading much DrSeuss lately 😉

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  1147. Judi on

    I adore sunflowers and used to grow them prior to my divorce. After living in a condo for several years, I am finally back in a house and have the perfect spot by the garage that gets wonderful sun. It is such a blank wall that I have been wondering what to do. Sunflowers would be perfect. We love following Floret and enjoyed your show during those long days of covid. Working outside in the yard was the saving grace during that period. You are such an inspiration.

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  1148. Andrea on

    Steve’s sunflowers are breathtaking! For several years I have wanted to plant a sunflower border in my side yard and I feel like these sunflowers would be the perfect choice for that project! ❤️

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  1149. Rebecca Kelty on

    I am in Ohio. I have a dream of providing a small scale U-pick flower garden with special accessibility to the elderly and disabled.
    I dove into flowers after having breast cancer surgery and found amazing healing in the process. I have a future plan to provide a native meadow open to other breast cancer survivors to assist in healing and restoration and will name this Restorative Meadow.

    After reading Steve’s story, I feel like these sunflowers could provide for a unique launch to my multi-faceted plan and perhaps generate the starter funds needed for further development.

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  1150. Ronda on

    Wow! Amazing Beauties!! Thank you for sharing your story…this is exactly what I needed right now to preserver through my own trials and tribulations. I would definitely plant a wall of these sunflowers so they could be admired by all from every direction…

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  1151. Susan Zito on

    What a beautiful story. I’m very interested to see how Steve’s sunflowers would do at 2200 ft. elevation here in the Sierra foothills in California. As a Master Gardener, I loved reading about Steve’s journey in the cut flower world and how that has evolved into a seed company. I wish him success!

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  1152. Lauren on

    There’s a small patch of our yard visible from the main living area that would be perfect for growing these sunflowers!

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  1153. Julie on

    Sunflowers are my favorite as it is our state flower. Sunflowers put a smile on everyone’s face and are s must in the garden.

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  1154. Mimi Kezer on

    Steve’s is a lovely tale of a creative, ongoing journey to bring more beauty into the world. Inspiring. My sunflowers would be planted both in the cutting garden and in my front beds to share with friends and neighbors.

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  1155. Alyce on

    I have only recently discovered Floret, watched a few of your videos, and have these intermittently beautiful thoughts of trying my hand at this business (albeit small to begin with). I would LOVE the chance to win a packet of Lemon Drop Mix and Van Gogh’s Fantasy Mix and start on this potentially magical adventure with his beautiful sunflowers as my 1st dipping of my toe in these waters! Best wishes to both of you!

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  1156. Angela Gross on

    I would plant them next to the chain link fence between our neighbors. What a beautiful border they would make from both sides of the fence!

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  1157. Elizabeth Anderson on

    Yes please! The first thing I said when I saw the photos was” They’re just like and old masters painting ! “
    Thank you Floret and Sunflower Steve for sharing this miracle with us. My sunflowers will grow in the summer sunshine of the Sierra Foothills in California.

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  1158. Lori & Lily Van Every on

    Van Gogh is my 7 year old daughter’s and my favorite artist and sunflowers are a favorite flower. We would plant these beauties in the front garden of our small urban 1/3 acre farmstead in downtown Springfield, Mo for all to enjoy!! 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

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  1159. Val on

    Oh my gosh those are so beautiful,and what a great story,I have a small garden area where I would plant them ,and iam sure I can find others areas for them would love to win some ,,thanks for sharing this artical

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  1160. Ashley A. on

    I am so inspected by Steve’s story and honestly have similar dreams. Last year the local library gave us seven sunflower seeds in honor of Ukraine. At the time we were renting with dreams of starting our own mini farm someday. We planted our seven sunflowers seeds just outside our patio and we were shocked and amazed that these resilient flowers grew so well. Some of them ended up being over six feet tall. They were truly my pride and joy. From those seven flowers, we harvest and dried hundreds of seeds to plant on our someday mini farm. This year we moved onto our new property and I knew that sunflowers would be a large part of our experience there. People have gifted me sunflowers as house warming gifts and I am just so excited to have hundreds of sunflowers this year to cut and give away. I would LOVE to have some of Steve’s seeds. What an inspiration to look out the window and see all kinds of sunflowers blowing in the summer breeze!

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  1161. Jackie Weaver on

    Oh my goodness. first Erin thank you for letting us know about Sunflower Steve. Love his story on faith and beautiful sunflower journey. We are moving soon into a new home with back yard overlooking the neighborhood playground. I would love to plant Steve’s flowers for all to see and enjoy in my flowerbeds.

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  1162. Jessie Lyons on

    We have a blue garage with flower beds around it and these gorgeous sunflowers would look amazing!! They are absolutely stunning flowers.

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  1163. Emily on

    I would plant Steve’s sunflowers along the border of our new property. Our dreams of living ‘on land’ will finally be realized this summer when we move onto a 5 acre lot. My stress of squeezing all the flowers I love into a north facing lawn is now morphing to filling this huge space. Some towering sunflowers sure would help.

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  1164. karen mazza on

    Sunflowers are like smiles. I’d plant them right