Someone left a tray of giant sunflower seedlings outside my gate the other day. I still haven't figured out who it was, but Thanks, Plant Fairy! This is a perfect demonstration of gardening with what you've got--in this case, with Dixie cups.
There is something about sunflowers that agrees with a chain-link fence, and I actually have one growing, though it's just from fallen birdseed and will have a smaller head.
I have decided to keep one and give the others away. So anyone who's interested, let me know.
The plants are a little leggy and bedraggled, doubtless due to the long cold spring, but several looked plenty healthy enough to save...
I re-potted a few and put them in the ICU, or the sheltered side of my garden where weak or sick plants reside. Here they are looking a bit happier next to a nicely recovering house plant.
I can also dig up a few more directly from my garden, in fact, if demand exceeds supply.
I thought I could get a head start on my privacy screen by using grow lights, but it didn't work out very well. My morning glory likes to grow when it likes to grow. So next year I probably won't bother starting them early.
By the way, morning glory is pretty invasive, so before you adopt, be sure you know what you're getting into!