I have been growing sunflowers in some of my porch pots and I’ve so enjoyed the additional bright spots of color mixed in with my fuschia supertunias. After the blooms are spent I’ve been deadheading then pushing a new seed down into the soil to grow more.
I’ve spotted a few goldfinch on some of the flowers I had not yet deadheaded and was reminded that just because the flowers are no longer pretty does not mean they don’t have value! From here on out I will leave the dried sunflowers, pretty or not, so the birds can harvest the seeds. They’re preparing for colder weather by fattening their bellies! Isn’t it incredible how nature needs no instruction guides?
“Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.”- Michel de Montaigne