While none of the sunflower seeds I planted made it (thanks Foxy squirrel), I did get several “volunteers” from the bird feeders.
They aren’t huge – the tallest is only about four feet high.
Naturally they attract pollinators.
We have lots of these little black bees here (I think they are type of a Carpenter Bee). The really seem to love the sunflowers. But they aren’t the only ones.
I found this big spur-throated grasshopper hanging out there the other day.
Eventually, as the seeds ripen they will also attract the finches and squirrels, both of whom love a good sunflower feast.
These aren’t the only “sunny” flowers in the garden.
This beauty is a False Sunflower. At the townhouse, a neighbour had a yellow version of it, and it grew in a wild mass. This one is new to me this year, and the company advertised it as a solid red version of the flower… obviously it’s not. But it’s still pretty. False Sunflower is also a native plant, and should bloom right through fall.
This zinnia I started from seed this year is red…. red as red can be! With more blooms to come.
This Helenium (aka Sneeze Weed) is a lovely mix of red and yellow. It’s another new on this year, and not terribly robust yet, but it promises to get better each year. I have a native solid yellow version of this in the catio – the plant is huge, but it hasn’t bloomed yet. (This one’s name is Sahin’s Early Flowerer… so that’s a good clue why the other one has no flowers yet).
And the black-eyed susans are blooming strong now… always a sign to be that summer is approaching its end.
Still, so many of these beauties bloom right until the first frost, so there’s still months left of garden to enjoy!