A garden featuring giant sunflowers and Mexican sunflowers graces Tim Tauer’s backyard at 300 Kiefer St. NE.

A garden featuring giant sunflowers and Mexican sunflowers graces Tim Tauer’s backyard at 300 Kiefer St. NE. Tauer said the giant sunflowers reseed themselves. “I just cut them down when the birds are done with them in fall,” he said. He bought seed for the bright orange Mexican sunflowers when he read they would attract Monarch butterflies. Tauer also grows milkweed for the Monarchs. He was sorting through his ‘too many tomatoes’ when he told me the garden was mostly for his enjoyment of birds and butterflies.