Sunflowers in bloom

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Sunflowers in bloom, happy in the scorching heat

Sunflowers are good fun! We’re yet to work out the “grand plan” for the gardens at the front of the house, but we did have a spare patch of soil. In went sunflowers, four of which germinated. A few weeks ago flowers unfurled, bringing joy to everyone who walks by.

Seed saving tips from the Seed Savers Handbook: “Pick the heads when the petals have withered … Cut the heads, tie them in bundles and dry in the sun for a week or more … For a smaller crop, heads can be rubbed by hand. Clean the seeds by winnowing and sieving.”

Apparently the seeds will last up to 5 years when dried well. They can, of course, also be eaten!

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