I put hay in between the rows to keep the weeds down and to conserve moisture. It works great I seldom need to water even when it hasn't rained for a couple of weeks.
This sunflower came up in a very small flower box on the back porch. It must have come from the bird feeder...not sure how it got there but it's done very well. I set the box next to the porch post for support...the flower is very tall and rather top heavy for the box it's in.
I love hydrangeas....I have two and this one is blooming like crazy. The flower heads are huge!