The Big Sunflower

This past week I took pictures of the big sunflower as it progressed.

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The sunflower is 11 feet tall.

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Gradually the parts of the flower opened, from the outside edges toward the center.

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There are soldier beetles, bumble bees, and honey bees working the sunflower.

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Another sunflower close-up with pollinators.

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At this point the sunflower started to bend over with the weight of the flower.

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The pollinators wrap up the pollinating.

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Now the sunflower is really heavy!

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Sunflower seeds are developing now.  I will be watching to see when the goldfinches start on this flower.

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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.

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I think this is a hoverfly on the sunflower.

4 thoughts on “The Big Sunflower

  1. I really like your photos! I love sunflowers..We are fairly new to Oregon and I planted a few in our front yard and the backyard too. So much fun to watch them grow..Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks! It is fun to see the variety of sunflowers. This sunflower has captured a lot of my attention this week. I imagine it will look pretty tired before long, but I am enjoying it now.

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