Our crop of beautiful sunflowers are out in full flower looking beautiful and brightening up a very parched Welland Valley! This annual plant’s brown centre will ripen into heavy heads filled with black seeds, which we will harvest for use in our delicious home grown bird seed mixes. In addition to looking fantastic, their pollen is a great food source for bees and pollinators at a time when natural pollen is running short – the field is literally buzzing!
Sunflowers are heliotropic, which means that they turn their flowers to follow the movement of the Sun across the sky east to west, and then return at night to face the east, ready again for the morning sun.
The black seeds in the seed head are visible now, and the plants will ripen and be ready to harvest in the autumn. The seeds will travel from the field over the hill to our farmyard where they will be cleaned and put into our nutritious birdseed mixes – homegrown birdseed at its best!