I love sunflowers. They make me happy, look at their beauty faces. They dance in the garden and add brilliant color among the green. This is a my second year, growing sunflowers. The first year, I didn’t have one seed germinate. I changed my method of growing them, and ba-bam! I use bottle greenhouses to germinate the seeds now and than transfer them to the garden.
My favorite is the Lemon Queen. It’s smaller compared to the Mammoth, which is probably 8 – 9 feet tall now, and the Autumn Beauty. In a few weeks, the centers will be filled with sunflower seeds and the American Gold Finch will have a new feeder.
They love sunflower seeds and will eat every center of the sunflowers until they’re bare. They’re so beautiful, I just let them eat until their heart is content. There’s 2 males and a female in this picture. The males turn the same dull color as the female in the fall/winter and color up in the spring and summer. This feeding station is outside my bedroom window. I could have saved my money with the tub feeder. They prefer the $1.99 sock. Lesson learned. They will feed from the tube feeder if the sock is completely occupied with feathered friends, so I guess it isn’t truly wasted. I do enjoy watching them feed upside on the tube feeder.
Next year I hope to add additional varieties of sunflowers to the garden. Do you grow sunflowers? What variety do you grow?