The Johnny Cash sunflowers are thriving. I plan on sowing more than just a single seed of these next year (seriously, why do I do these things?); hopefully I'll be able to harvest the seeds from these beauties without incident. If you want any, it looks like I'll have plenty, and I'm happy to share! Just let me know, then keep reminding me over and over again until I actually hand 'em over. It's how I operate.
See this plant?
Yeah, it's kind of a monster.
I snapped these photos a little late; it has been covered in small white flowers for the past few weeks. While it is pretty, and obviously, uh, over-achieving in its growth, it's kind of a bully. There's a purple clematis planted right next to it that's a downright puny; I usually see a few blooms on it before it's completely overtaken by Monstro here. I've tried pulling it out, hacking it down to the ground, but its roots are apparently planted under the deck, and I don't hate it quite enough to break through the lattice down there. Yet.
So... anyone know what it is? It's crazy thick, and attracts plenty of wasps and even a few hornets, which is fun. I haven't noticed a lot of bees around it- they've been congregating around the sunflowers and coneflowers, which makes me feel like I'm doing my part to help with that whole bee crisis. That's right: the dozens of bees our yard attracts is really going to turn the tide in the bees' favor. Didn't you know?
Anyway, don't forgot: Let me know if you want Johnny Cash sunflower seeds, and figure out what that crazy climbing plant is for me, mmkay?