I had high hopes for participation in the Great Sunflower Project this summer, but ran into a few problems; got a late start, only one of the plants made it past the seedling stage, it’s been a cool summer so it just started to develop flowers last week, and yesterday somebody or something pulled the plant out of the ground. There’s just some dirt on the sidewalk near where it was growing. This is a high traffic sidewalk, so I guess it’s possible that somebody just pulled it out and took the whole plant away. But that seems so unlikely. Do you think a marauding band of squirrels took it? They seem to like the sunflowers, and this plant was a manageable size – it’s the “Lemon Queen” variety, which is only about 3 or 4 ft. tall. I was all set to do my first bee count this weekend.