Got Tenacity?


This sunflower inspires me.  I’ve planted these cheerful blooms in my garden a number of times, and they haven’t come up–maybe, because the birds ate the seeds.  I really don’t know.  But, two summers ago, this little sunflower sprung up in our backyard of its own volition.  It didn’t just grow….it thrived.  To my surprise and joy, it bloomed and bloomed and bloomed…all summer.  This eager little flower, in its simplicity and loveliness, grew into a flourishing plant.  And, it accomplished this feat despite a lack of proper planting, no fertilizer, and without consistent watering.  I admire this sunflower for what it symbolizes to me:  determination, perseverance, and tenacity.




by Tonya R. Hengerer



Effort to resist

Negative thinking

And overcome difficulties, while summoning


In spite of

Tough times—never




“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”

~James A. Michener


“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”

~H.G. Wells


  1. “Bloom where you’re planted.” ❤ Great tenacity, indeed. Like a little miracle volunteer!
    I was SO pleased with my sunflowers last summer. I'd never planted them before and boy, they were a delight! I shall plant GOBS of them this year. Cheerful, without fail. 😀

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  2. Love, love, love this Tonya! I call those “volunteer” plants. They just volunteer to bloom and grow anywhere! I had a volunteer tomato plant come up last year. Didn’t produce but maybe two small cherry tomatoes, but it did it on its own, right?

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  3. I’ve had many battles trying to grow sunflowers. The bunnies and chipmunks are the culprits in my yard. The chipmunks dig up the seeds, the bunnies bite off the tender shoots. This past year I had a good crop, I sowed them, then placed a tower of water bottles, top and bottoms cut off and attached, around the stems. I had beautiful sunflowers this year. The best I ever had though, like yours, grew on it’s own, near the bird feeder. It was magnificent.

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