Growing in the gaps between curbs and sidewalks and between the sidewalk and the home on the corner of Monroe and Crooks, Showy Sunflowers have now formed a tall, flowery wall around that home.
I noticed this unseemly outbreak of prairie plants late last summer. I’m pretty surprised that the City, in its vigilance against vagrants of all kinds, has not spotted these sunflowers erupting out of the cement and doused them with a shower of round-up. Though they’re not a traffic hazard (I turn right there almost every morning), they might be a danger to children. Children on the way to school might be walking or biking beneath and between them, and since the profusion of small sunflowers is also a grocery store for bees, the bees might not look upon these innocent interlopers kindly. And sting them. Still, I have seen no children on that side of the street: it could be that the kids know the crossing guard works the other corner of Monroe and Crooks and head for him instead; it could be that kids have already had an unpleasant encounter with pollinators there and avoid it. One complaint to the City about bees, and those sunflowers will be gone.