The first bloom
The first sunflower bloomed yesterday. I don't know if you can see, but when I examined the bloom, there were 10 bees down in the corner sleeping in it. You can imagine the buzzing activity that happens once the whole field begins blooming. One of our neighbors keeps honeybees and I assume these must be from her hives.
This sunflower is called Autumn Beauty - it's a colorful mix of blooms from yellow, orange, toffee, and dark reds that we buy from Johnny's Selected Seeds up in Maine. Johnny's has great varieties and their service is speedy.
Here's how the field looked not that long ago.
Sunflower Progress Report #1
Sunflower Progress Report #2