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Sunny Volunteers

July 14th, 2011

There’s not shortage of volunteers in the garden. Every year I have some kind of flower that appears everywhere and it seems each year it’s a different kind. This year I have sunflowers popping up everywhere.

No doubt they’re planted by the birds, squirrels and chipmunks that frequent our bird feeder. Up until this year our lot has been too shady around the bird feeder for these sunflowers to germinate and flower. Since we had those trees cut down they finally have enough sun to bloom.

The funny thing is that I planted a bunch of sunflowers and each seedling was eating by the crows when they emerged. At least I’ll have some sunflowers after all, even if they’re not the fall color mix that I planted.

Do you grow sunflowers in your garden? What’s your most prolific volunteer this year?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.