Have you cleaned up your garden?

Don’t!

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You may see a mess, but but birds see this.

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Seeds! Food, glorious food!

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Maybe they haven’t gotten around to picking them out, but they will if you let the flower stalks stand.

 

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Mexican Sunflower

Mexican Sunflower standIt’s the end of summer and the sunflowers are standing tall. One of the best we squirrels have seen you human’s plant is the Mexican Sunflower–about 7 feet tall!

 

Tiger Swallowtail on Mexican Sunflower

And the butterflies, like this Tiger Swallowtail, sure seem to love them.

Mexican Sunflower