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mature seeds

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  • October 13, 2022

Several gardeners have written in to describe birds eating the not-quite-mature seeds out of flowerhead in the garden.

Last year we grew one giant sunflower. There were mature seeds still in the heads when I deconstructed the plant in fall, so I cut them off and left them on the stump in the pollinator garden.

This year, several sunflowers sprouted, none planted by us. The goldfinches have eaten the seeds all summer long! I thought they would wait till fall, but no. I hear their cheeps at their mealtimes as they flutter about the flower heads. Thank you for your

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