Feeding songbirds has the side effect of birds dropping seed throughout our yard, which results in volunteer sunflowers popping up. We generally let them pop up and thrive or not. This volunteer adds cheer to the middle part of the vegetable garden.

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This sunflower plant popped up right next to the base of Norway maple tree we had removed a while ago. We certainly did not plant it there, the seed must have been dropped by a bird that visited our bird feeder. It got such a late start that it may not bear seeds. We have carefully mowed around it and will see what happens.