I’ve done a post about the leylandis before but now we have a new development.
Back in April, we decided it was time to take out the two leylandis that had grown way bigger than anticipated. They were infringing on everything around them. The walnut tree on the left of the photo was leaning farther and farther towards the sun and losing branches on the shady side where the leylandis crowded them out.
Here the leylandis are cut down and you can see that the walnut looks like half a tree.
Now in full foliage, it is beginning to look better, but it is still leaning away from the place where the leylandis were.
On the other side of the leylandis, right near the walnut, are two big fir trees that also suffered from a lack of light, being crowded out by the leylandis. See all the dead branches?
Here is the stump of one of the leylandis, with a round of wood sitting on it. Beside it is a small sunflower that has grown there without the benefit of much water or care. I only discovered it a couple of days ago.
What’s it doing there?! I didn’t plant it. I suspect that a nuthatch or chickadee brought a sunflower seed from the birdfeeder on the other side of the yard, and wedged the seed into the leylandi bark to hold it fast while it picked at it to open the shell. The seed must have fallen and over time, become covered with soil.
A splash of rain and few rays of sun, and a new sunflower sprouted. Since I didn’t know it was there, it didn’t get as big as it would have, if I had watered it and put some good soil on it, but even so, I was happy to see how much it had managed to grow.
I feel like a plant detective, trying to figure out why the sunflower grew there. Did a bird inadvertently plant it, or was it maybe dropped by Lincoln the squirrel? It would be interesting to know the real answer.