The large flowers are, of course, sunflowers (Helianthus annuus). I love the coppery blush on the largest one. No ID as it is from the CSA farm where we have we have a weekly share pick-up.
The yellow daisies are woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus) and the grass is yellow fox-tail (Setaria pumila).
I recently learned that certain foxtail grasses create a problem with livestock and pets, because the barbed seed heads can embed in flesh, entering through ears and nose, where they can fester. Like in a horror film, some cases have resulted in death when the barb migrates to the heart or brain. The particularly troublesome species to watch for is Foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum). Here is a short video to help identify it. Another is Canada wild rye (Elymus canadensis). If you have a dog that runs free in fields, click here to learn more.
Even though Setaria isn’t on the really bad list, I’ve been on a campaign to pull and trash the seed heads ever since. They’ve been increasing in my yard over the past decade, probably brought in via an animal or hay bale. I found them attractive to look at both in the garden and in arrangements. However, I can forego the pleasure if it means avoiding a costly vet bill. I’d rather be safe than sorry. It may take a few years before I can get most of them out of the yard, it’s a work in progress.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.