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Sunflower seeds become special gift for Social Circle resident

Stacy Moon Green displays the towering sunflower at her Social Circle home that her father’s green thumb inspired. (Special Photo)

Stacy Moon Green displays the towering sunflower at her Social Circle home that her father’s green thumb inspired. (Special Photo)

COVINGTON — When Stacy Moon Green saw the results of her first attempt at growing sunflowers, she must have wondered if she’d planted a Jack-in-the-Beanstalk-type magic seed.

Last year Green received a few sunflower seeds from her father, R.B. Moon of Conyers, and planted them to enhance the array of flower beds adorning her home in Social Circle. By the end of the growing season, a giant sunflower dominated the yard.

This summer, after sowing seeds from those plants and some seeds bought in a store, Moon was surprised by another colossal sunflower, even taller than last year’s behemoth. It hovers nearly 10 feet tall.

“It’s scary-looking,” said Green. “I’m assuming it’s one of the seeds from my dad. He’s always had good luck with sunflowers.”

Green credits her father for giving her a green thumb. Moon was born on his Rockdale property, and Green grew up there. It has been in the family for 75 years.

“He was born there and gardening was part of what the family did,” Green said, noting that she and her three siblings “were in the dirt all the time, shucking corn, shelling peas and doing other garden chores.”

Her husband, Jerry Green, said that his wife seems to take much pride in the flowers and plants that she plants in pots and around the house.

In a recent e-mail he noted “… but the sunflower is her favorite because of the original seed being a part of a sunflower that her father grew.”