This past week I took pictures of the big sunflower as it progressed.
The sunflower is 11 feet tall.
Gradually the parts of the flower opened, from the outside edges toward the center.
There are soldier beetles, bumble bees, and honey bees working the sunflower.
Another sunflower close-up with pollinators.
At this point the sunflower started to bend over with the weight of the flower.
The pollinators wrap up the pollinating.
Now the sunflower is really heavy!
Sunflower seeds are developing now. I will be watching to see when the goldfinches start on this flower.
On a visit to Minnesota this weekend I saw this giant sunflower at my sister-in-law’s house. It just came up from a seed that fell from a sunflower last year. This year it morphed into this multi-stemmed flower.
I think this is a hoverfly on the sunflower.