These dwarf sunflowers are just right for the cheery little chickadees. The earliest of the bloomers, mostly volunteers, are finally being visited by the birds. The chickadees are nice sunflower eaters also. They tend to grab a seed and fly to a nearby tree rather than eating in the garden. This has the helpful housekeeping benefit of keeping the husks out of the garden. Hanna, of This Garden is Illegal, explains all about the dark allelopathic side of sunflowers in Is Your Sunflower Inhibiting You? post. The sunflowers and I have worked out a deal though. We'll all work around (ignore) each other's dark sides. This little finch (hard to tell in the picture, but it is a female or young goldfinch) spotted me hiding under the runner beans. I'm sure he'll be sharing the story around the bird bath in the morning about the crazy lady he saw at the restaurant.
While some flowers are into the harvest season, here are some of the current bloomers in the expansion area/pumpkin patch. And here is a shot with some of the pumpkin vines showing. The pumpkins were planted June 11th (late) and the last picture is this post shows the new area around then. There are 2 larger than a basketball, but others have lots of growing to do.
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