Thursday, May 22, 2014

Go wild in the country.

More unintended vegetative activity in Vinoland.  Several, 3 to 4 foot tall, sunflowers are growing here and there around the vineyard, surely the handywork of some mysterious, green-fingered, flower-loving horticulturist of the feathered variety.  The local population of nuthatches and titmice seem to be very fond of sunflower seeds, so I'm inclined to suspect that one, or both, of these frequent visitors to Vinoland's bird feeders are the culprits.
Vinomaker has humoured me and has mowed around the sunflowers for a few weeks now.  Thanks Vinomaker, they look so cheery.


Dennis Tsiorbas said...

The birds will thank for keeping them :-)

Thomas said...

Our bird feeder has acted as a sunflower germination facility.

To keep squirrels away from the feeder, we switched from sunflower to safflower. It works, but will safflowers grow?

Thud said...

We are having a sunflower competition here, they are up to the heady height of 6 ins.....sun being the key word here. On the other hand the ducks are happy!

Thomas said...

The ducks would love our weather. It's so soggy out there I got my tractor stuck in mud today and I couldn't get it out. Ugh!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: You're right, wild sunflowers translate into more seed.

Tomasso: I don't know about safflowers, must research. But flange, aka bottom of a 5 gall. bucket, keeps squigs off bird-feeder :)

Thud: Erm, England and sunflowers...doesn't really go together!

Tomasso: Nice and dry in Cali :)

Thomas said...


I had to have someone bring his tractor to help get mine out of the ruts. It's a mess out there.

Was going to develop a new garden spot and needed topsoil, but I can't get a truck in the spot because of standing water.

The clay soil around here is a water retention system!

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: Lovely!
So when can we expect you in Cali?