The sunflower is dead, long live the sunflower

Goldfinch feeding on sunflower
Goldfinch feeding on sunflower

Already that huge sunflower has gone from a feast for bees to a feast for goldfinches.

Ravaged sunflower
Ravaged sunflower

Now look at him! How the mighty has fallen. Okay, maybe you don’t want to look at him.

Native sunflower
Native sunflower

Try this one now. Doesn’t this little guy look fresh as a (insert cliché evasion manuever) sunflower? It’s the one hoped-for sprout that came from The Great Sunflower Project. But how can I tell them I haven’t seen bee one on this?

Update: That’s because it’s not a sunflower.