Our veggie garden this year has an abundance of volunteer sunflowers. Last fall I left the sunflower stalks until the wild birds had cleaned up all the seeds. I’ve never had volunteer sunflowers before, so I guess the birds planted them for me.
Most of the sunflower plants were weeded out, but I transplanted the healthier ones around the garden. Some of the volunteer plants have been blooming since the beginning of July.
They seem to have many more branching arms than the original varieties.
Last year I posted my first sunflower picture at the end of August and they were still blooming at the end of September. Letting the sunflowers seed themselves seems to have given me a jump on enjoying the flowers.
Some of the stalks are bigger than your wrist and others have grown very tall.
Besides the wild sprouting sunflowers I also planted a whole 30′ bed of different varieties at the edge of the garden. These plants were supposed to be a trap crop for the cucumber beetles. I think I may have planted them a little late though. The first plants in this bed just now blooming.