A few months ago my sunflowers were growing in all of their glory, turning their huge heads to the sun. Their primary job on my plot was to attract pollinating insects for my beans. They also did a great job of looking fantastic too! I knew that their flowers wouldn’t last long, but I didn’t expect to see them in the condition that I did I when I turned up at my allotment last night.
The empty flower heads had been completely stripped of their seeds and all that remained were the outside seed shells strewn all over the floor. I’m not sure if it was squirrels or birds that had made the discovery of the free food, but I’m just glad that after they have served their purpose with me, they now have a new lease of life feeding the local wildlife!
I had hoped to collect a few of the seeds to replant next year; oh well, there are those that are in need more than me.
Amazing plants sunflowers, so brilliant and cheerful. Someone on our allotments planted a double row as a windbreak*: worked a treat!
* as well as the other things you covered here, that is.
Oh what a shame all the seeds were eaten! I hope whatever ate them is fat and sassy, lol! You are right, you may get some flowers next year from seeds that escaped … maybe…
To be honest, the seeds that started these amazing sunflowers in the first place were a big bag of sunflower seeds originally bought as bird feed. So I suppose you could say what comes around goes around!
That is definitely true!