Over the past 2 weeks, the hits just kept on coming. Things were looking up when we finally got some rain. But... it was hard rain, with a lot of wind, and it sadly brought down our no-longer-flowerless sunflower. I am not using "brought down" as a euphemism, either. I went outside the morning after the storm to find the flower totally uprooted and laying horizontal in the driveway.
By this time the flower was, no joke, close to 8 feet tall. Because it appeared as though the roots were intact, I tried putting it back into the ground, shoveling some soil over the top and then watering it a little. I also tied it to the deck railing to stabilize it.
2 weeks later, this is what's going on:
It looks sad, which is pretty much how I feel about the fate of our one-triumphant sunflower.