I always try to have some sunflowers planted here and there in the summer. Two years ago, one of the grandgirls was just mesmerized by this giant ( to her! ) flower that she’d found in her Oma’s garden.
Some years I have them scattered around…in the back, front, and on a side of the house. This year I just planted a grouping on one side of the front porch. That side has the hyacinth bean vine, zinnias, and the sunflowers.
The bees have been enjoying them all summer.
The goldfinches are enjoying them now as well, but since they are so close to the porch I can’t get a picture. The minute I open the front door, a flock of little finches fly away. It’s the same with the birdbath in the back. Sparrows lined up on the fence, each taking turns, two or three at a time, but the minute the door opens, away they go…
When the sunflowers were on the side of the house one year I was able to sneak around the corner and get some photos. I captured these back in mid September of 2013. These little birds can be quite noisy when they are happy…their song is heard everywhere in the late summer.
While I was looking back at old photos, I thought to share one or two from inside the house as well.
And here is a baby bunny checking out a fallen sunflower bloom last summer after a rainstorm…one of my all time favorite photos :) He sort of lived around the front yard and porch for a month and I enjoyed him so much.
Do you grow sunflowers in your garden? There are so many varieties now…of all colors and heights. Down the road, a neighbor across the alley from my son’s back yard has the very traditional 12 foot bright yellow sunflowers in a section of their large vegetable garden. A sight to behold :)
Summer’s winding down…I picked the last of my tomatoes the other day, and these sunflowers will be ‘over’ soon when the birds and squirrels are done with them.
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