Sunflowers keep on giving

Sunflower

Sunflower

I come to praise my sunflowers, not to pull them up and compost them. When they were blooming, the sunflowers offered pollen to the bees. When they were dying, seeds to the goldfinches. The plants have finished dying and dried up, but they’re not done.

Sunflower stem

Sunflower stem

Squirrel on the feeder

Squirrel indulging its sunflower seed addiction

Now that’s what I call a dead sunflower. There’s even daisies pushing up at its feet. The big hulking sunflower is a looming hulk of remnants. All the seedheads from the various sunflowers are gone–bitten off, no doubt, by rogue squirrels.

Ceratina dwarf carpenter bee

Ceratina dwarf carpenter bee

Plus, it turns out that sunflower stems are popular nesting sites for those tiny shiny dark green carpenter bees that mystified me so much back in June. Bees, goldfinches, squirrels, and bees–all hail to the sunflower!

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About Pam Phillips

I am a writer and gardener. I never cease to be amazed by the wonder and beauty of bees.
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