Officially, these are my favorite things I've ever planted:
bonus bumblebee in this picture
They're sunflowers from heirloom seeds that I nabbed in Iowa back in the spring. I planted them on the sad dirt patch from which I harvested countless rocks last year, out by the garage. I usually refer to this as "the back 40" even though it's probably not even 40 square feet.
The sunflowers are 4-6 feet tall right now and the colors range from bronze to deep red-orange. I have a few more coming up for good measure.
Plus, when I got home yesterday, a pair of goldfinches was snacking on the seeds. Darling yellow birds in orange sunflowers was definitely the best thing I saw all day.
I have some amaranth growing next to the sunflowers, so things are looking rather exciting on the back 40. Also, today on the bike trail I finally disembarked to investigate the fruit hanging off the trees and I think we have greengage plums growing on the trail. It will be a coup for my urban hippie bike commuter cred if I can do some foraging on the ride one of these days.