Sunflower power: Brightening up the days for everyone in Patrickswell

SEE them and smile. See them again and smile again. And then smile once more.

SEE them and smile. See them again and smile again. And then smile once more.

We may not have had a summer of sunshine but this long row of breathtakingly beautiful sunflowers is certainly brightening up the days for the people of Patrickswell. And it is a sight which the children of the village can enjoy every day as they go to and from school.

The glorious sunflowers are the work of flower-addict Ann Coughlan, the village postmistress. And, she revealed this week, it all began with just one sunflower.

“I knew nothing about flowers but I grew one sunflower a few years ago. I took the seeds and then I grew three or four more last year,” she explained. This year, though, she planted up all her seeds and, despite the weather, they grew into a small forest of sunflowers. “It’s often midnight when I get to water them,” she admitted with a laugh. But she is pleased with the result. “They are very nice,” she said with a little understatement.

Growing flowers, she revealed, has now become a passion for her. “It’s a great hobby. It is great for peace of mind,” she explained.

Sadly however, there is no one now living in the terrace of houses to appreciate the sunflowers. The houses, though new, are unoccupied.

But Ann’s intention, in transforming an empty terrace into Sunflower Terrace, was not a clever attempt to disguise. She simply wanted to keep the sunflowers in one place where they would have something to lean on. The local Tidy Towns Committee must surely be pleased. Treat yourself this weekend. Pay the sunflowers a visit and smile.

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