The first snow of the season is more than mildly inconvenient. It is often accompanied by below freezing temperatures, and that brings an end to the growing season of the tender plants. After that, the weather generally goes back to normal, and we get weeks of beautiful fall weather.
Still recovering from the beating they took from the hail, my intrepid sunflower plants have not even started to bloom.
Last year, the sunflowers in my yard looked like this!