Who doesn't love sunflowers? They emit happiness, their bright yellow faces turning with the sun. Their sturdy stocks lifting them above the hubbub of the garden. As much as sunflowers cheer us, though, they do much much more!
Even when they are a tad more than a seedling, the dark green leaves of sunflowers stretch out, enticing small birds - finches, tanagers - to feast.
Once their dinner plate sized blossom unfurls, pollinators partake.
The days pass and the sunflower's face becomes bigger and bigger, the petals shrinking ... until nibbles appear, signaling that the seeds must be drying. Squirrels and bigger birds delight, chewing away the sun.
Seed to seed, sunflowers are THE ultimate wildlife plant.
This post is part of the Tuesday Garden Party at Oregon Cottage, Maple Hill Hop, Green Thumb Thursday and Homestead Barn Hop.