I think after this year, I will always try to grow sunflowers. The border I planted on the north side of the pumpkin patch has been a delight to watch this summer.
From my kitchen window, I can keep tabs on them. They change every day. Now they are beginning to open, one by one.
They have grown much larger than I expected. I bought a packet of Mammoth Sunflower seeds from Lowe’s as an afterthought this past spring. The package said projected height for the plants would be 7-12 feet. I didn’t expect mine to reach twelve feet, but CPT A measured yesterday, and the tallest is 11.5. Amazing!
I have loved seeing all of the bees enjoy them. And, as the seeds develop, I look forward to the birds visiting too – at least, I hope that is what will happen. We have squirrels and raccoons, too, so I suppose there’s always the possibility something larger will become interested in the seeds.
I’d love to experiment with some of the other varieties of sunflowers as well, but that will have to wait for next year. That’s one of the best things about gardening – there’s always something to look forward to.
From the dining room table, with Mr. Wa clamoring for his morning treat,