PETER Daetz has five healthy eight-foot-tall sunflowers, growing in his garden from seeds he received from the Chronicle two months ago.
Mr Daetz said he planted 12 seeds in total but lost seven of them when a storm hit Maryborough a couple of weeks ago.
"The first thing I do every morning is walk to my garden and look at the sunflowers because they brighten my day," he said.
The keen gardener also has more than 100 orchids and roses in his yard.
The Chronicle gave close to 20,000 packs of assorted seeds for free to readers in September last year.