Sunflowers Near the House

As much as I love my sunflowers I would not plant them near the house again.

A wall of sunflowers attracts bees and gold finches.

Initially they grew straight and tall.

The sunflowers are planted between the driveway and the kitchen wall.

I loved seeing them when I drove up to the house.  They’re so cheery.

A bee is on the brown center of the sunflower.

The bees, too, were enjoying harvesting nectar from the tiny florets in the center of the flower.

The bee in this picture is in the upper left quadrant of the sunflower center. These are all “Lemon Queen” sunflowers but the centers are often various shades ranging from light to dark.

Bees don’t care how close you get to take their picture. Their little legs glow golden with pollen.

Can you spot the goldfinch in the center of the photo?

On the other hand, goldfinches are skittish when they see any human movement.

I don’t seem to frighten the finch if I move slowly inside the house.

They also are on a harvesting mission.

This photo is looking through my screened kitchen window at a goldfinch harvesting the seeds from a sunflower.

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.

It looks like the photo is sideways but in fact the sunflowers are lying in the driveway.

Unfortunately we’ve had some drenching rainstorms which have beaten down the top-heavy flowers.

I helped the sunflowers to remain upright by tying them to tomato cages.

After they’ve been knocked over they’re difficult to reinstate in the vertical position without outside help.

A row of sunflowers in 2014 near the vegetable garden.

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?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Sunflowers Near the House”

  1. Oh dear, what a shame but how lovely while it lasted. I like all the birds but I love listening to mockingbirds go through their litany of songs. They always sound so happy while they are singing. I like your containers with the white flowers flanking the stepping stone path to the porch.

    1. Thanks, Barbara. I bought 2 hanging baskets on a 2 for the price of one sale, removed the hangers, and shoved them into the urns. They look fresh. Jo

  2. Oh no! It looks like the sunflowers all fainted! If you set the heads out, will the bees and goldfinches still come to harvest? Btw, the goldfinch is the Washington state bird. Sometimes the poplar trees down the alley are alive with goldfinches all talking at once.

    1. The freestanding sunflowers in the middle of the yard are standing tall. I reset the ones by the house hoping to add a few more days to their life but they are scraggly looking. Jo

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