I feed songbirds. A side effect is that seeds are scattered throughout the yard, so sunflowers spring up all over. We let them grow, flower, and go to seed.
Today a gang of eight Blue Jays descended on the sunflowers. I was able to photograph this one from the kitchen.
One of the many sunflowers on our property.
We feed the birds, which means that they and the squirrels deposit sunflower seeds throughout the yard. The seeds sprout. Sunflowers grow. Seed eating birds glean the flower heads. The seeds they miss fall to the ground. The cycle renews, year after year.
The goldfinches have gleaned many of the seeds out of this sunflower head in our front yard.
A forlorn sunflower stalk, its flower heads long since picked bare by goldfinches, endures a late winter snowfall.
Feeding songbirds has the side effect of birds dropping seed throughout our yard, which results in volunteer sunflowers popping up. We generally let them pop up and thrive or not. This volunteer adds cheer to the middle part of the vegetable garden.
This sunflower fills the view. A closer look reveals a honeybee working the anthers, gathering pollen.
This giant sunflower, about three meters tall, dominates the garden’s skyline.