It's a GIANT sunflower, a Mammoth Russian to be exact. There are two, actually, but one never grew as tall and is already bent over from the weight of its seed head.
Here's the seed head of the droopy sunflower. You can almost tell how heavy it is just by looking.
But the GIANT... the GIANT is really tall...taller than the edge of the roof...higher than the mounted satellite dish. I estimate it to be 12 feet tall!
When we were in Oklahoma, a storm with very strong winds hit here. We expected to find our GIANT on the ground when we got home, but it held strong—it's sturdy
The flower is so high up, I had to use my biggest zoom lens to get a decent picture.
Its face is turned in a northeasterly direction toward the roof, which isn't ideal for our viewing pleasure. If we plant sunflowers next year, I think we should find a new location.
Our GIANT is a beauty.
From it's golden flame petals...
to its swirly green center...
it's a GIANT standout in our garden.