Sunflowers Blooming

sky hawk

Old Mossy Horns
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The sunflowers here at the house are in full bloom. They sure are pretty when you wake up in the morning and look out across the field. The anticipation grows as the sunflowers do. When they head out and you can start seeing the seed forming, you know dove season is on the way. You start thinking toward the hunt, the friends, and feathers drifting on the wind. Burnt powder and dog retrieves. And of course bacon-wrapped doves on the grill.

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fowlhntr

Six Pointer
Better question is deer, weeds can be managed with spray. We planted a similar size field last year and the deer literally mowed the tops off before the plants flowered. The ones that did make it were ravaged by goldfinches. Lucky for us we had a field of millet too and it came thru.
 
Better question is deer, weeds can be managed with spray. We planted a similar size field last year and the deer literally mowed the tops off before the plants flowered. The ones that did make it were ravaged by goldfinches. Lucky for us we had a field of millet too and it came thru.
Man, I gave up fighting the deer! We put in a 3 acre sunflower plot a few years ago and the deer nipped every single head.
I've switched to browntop millet and it's easier, cheaper, and deer don't eat it. Brings in doves just fine.
 

timber

Twelve Pointer
All the heat and dry weather has put a hurting on my sunflowers. See where they are dropping seeds. Haven’t checked the seeds to see if they were filled out inside or not
 

sky hawk

Old Mossy Horns
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We've actually had good rain here this summer. We've been getting regular hits from thunderstorms every couple of days dropping a quarter inch or more at a time. Goldfinches are starting to work on the sunflowers now though. That brings the doves in to feed where they drop them on the ground.

Also have a small patch of millet coming in that I replanted. It's pretty weedy, and has both german millet from this years planting mixed with proso millet that I planted last year that sprouted. Thankfully it doesn't have to be pretty to attract birds.

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