Blame the Bird Seed: Volunteer sunflowers from birdseed

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Blame the Bird Seed

By Chillybean
September 21, 2015

Feeding the birds brings much to our lives. We see and learn from these beauties in a way we wouldn't otherwise. This joy may create some unexpected yard work.

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Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
Sep 21, 2015 7:31 AM CST
We get a lot of volunteer sunflowers, often not near the feeders. The birds apparently perch on top of the greenhouse and deposit seed and fertilizer in the flower bed below it. Ironically, the ones I planted this year did not grow.
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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Chillybean
Sep 21, 2015 9:48 AM CST
My birds tend to leave the sunflower seeds near the feeding area, but we have had Blue Jays take their peanuts to other spots. We'll find those shells far from the feeders. Oh, that is so disappointing that your sunflower planting didn't come up. Sad

My husband grew up on the dry side of Oregon, near the California border. When he tells people he was from Oregon, many don't seem to know there is a dry side. :)
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Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
Sep 21, 2015 10:50 AM CST
That's true and the same is true for Washington. The Cascade Mts divide the states, causing most of the moisture to fall on the west sides, where most of the people live.

Back to flowers.... the ones I planted were the tall ones with large faces and interesting colors. The birdseed plants are pretty much like what grows wild along the roads.
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