Sunflower brightens summer for girl

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A Little Star Home Childcare preschooler, with the help of her family, has learned some farming skills by growing her own sunflowers this season.

Aariannah Grace Cathey, age 4, planted sunflower seeds with her daycare class in little milk cartons back near Mother’s Day in May. As a gift, Aariannah brought her sunflower seedlings to her grandmother “Mimi,” Deborah Cathey-Purple at 417 Floyd Ave.

So the seedlings got plenty of sunshine, the carton was placed in “mimi’s” kitchen window, where Aariannah lives, along with grandfather “Pops,” father Ken Cathey Jr., brother, Josh, and “Mimi.”

“It seemed to grow an inch a day,” said Cathey-Purple.

When the sunflower plant reached about 9-inches tall, Cathey-Purple told her granddaughter, “We need to plant that outside.”

Aariannah and her “Pop” planted the flowers near the house, and the girl watered and tended to her plants the entire summer.

“She waited and waited…Then great-grandma Purple told her it needed buckets of water, so we did just that,” said Cathey-Purple.

Four months later and Aariannah is the proud grower of two giant 7-foot by 10-inch sunflowers.

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