May I present to you the first ever example of a preschool Styrofoam-cup-planted sunflower actually blooming. This sunflower survived being squashed by the dog, battered by wind and deprived of water. For a while, it laid flat on the ground until we propped it up and miraculously the damaged leaves and shoot were replaced. It finally bloomed this morning. Our next school-based horticultural challenge: growing an apple tree from the half that comes home in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel.