This post is dedicated to my dear friend Martie (the Taos Sunflower). I never look at a sunflower without thinking of her!
I have some "volunteer" sunflowers growing in my little vegetable garden. I think the chipmunks might have had a paw in that.......
The sunflowers don't interfere with the tomatoes or zucchini, so I let them grow because my goldfinches, cardinals and chickadees love sunflower seeds! (plus it's free seed!)
Since I don't use any pesticides, there are lots of bugs in the garden too. They don't seem to bother my veggies or flowers much -- the birds do an excellent job of the "insect extermination" chores for me. And I count on the bees to complete all pollination activities so I can grow lots of tomatoes. Mr. Bumble Bee takes this task very seriously and as you can see, he's already picked up quite a bit of pollen today!
Tomato blossoms are OK, but Mr. Bumble Bee knows that he can get the biggest "bang for his buck" on the multiple blossoms of this sunflower!
Look at him go! Making his way around the entire flower!
By the time he was ready to fly away, he had collected so much pollen on his back legs that he could barely fly! He really had to work at getting up some speed for the journey to his pollen storage facility. (What do they do with that pollen anyway??)
Finally got the landing gear retracted and he's off! Good-bye Mr. Bumble Bee! Thanks for allowing me to photograph you. You're welcome back anytime & bring your friends too! It's a short summer season here in Minnesota and we have to enjoy these flowers while we can!