So with all of the talk about this or that plant being good for birds or butterflies or bees, I have to say that nothing is better than when you actually see this in action.
This is not a Manhattan street, but rather one over the bridge in Williamsburg, where streets have come together in a motley patchwork of decay and super-slick steel and glass. It was there that I got lost over by Moon River Chattel and found myself on this block where the actual sidewalk has been taken over by a sunflower jungle...
All around is silent, the block has a parking lot and some warehouses. But there is the constant chatter of the birds, the hum of bees and flutter of butterflies. The sunflowers tower ten feet above on both sides of the sidewalk, with the Williamsburg Bridge looking down onto the entire scene. Hollyhocks, gladiolas, roses, cosmos, bamboo (on the off chance a panda wanders by) and many other flowers and grasses are all growing in a cachophonic but beautiful way.
I could never imagine this on an actual Manhattan sidewalk (someone would object), but what a great scene to discover so nearby. And it was great to see that yes, the birds and insects appreciate the food.
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