As much as I love my sunflowers I would not plant them near the house again.
Initially they grew straight and tall.
I loved seeing them when I drove up to the house. They’re so cheery.
The bees, too, were enjoying harvesting nectar from the tiny florets in the center of the flower.
Bees don’t care how close you get to take their picture. Their little legs glow golden with pollen.
On the other hand, goldfinches are skittish when they see any human movement.
They also are on a harvesting mission.
These birds, who are distinctively yellow and black inflight, are well-hidden as they sit on the head of a sunflower and pluck its seeds.
Unfortunately we’ve had some drenching rainstorms which have beaten down the top-heavy flowers.
After they’ve been knocked over they’re difficult to reinstate in the vertical position without outside help.
Bottom line, next year we’ll grow sunflowers near the vegetable garden but not up near the house.
What’s your favorite up-close-and-personal bird?