July is about growing plants to eat.

(This month I’m looking at edible gardens – an allotment, herb gardens, a potager or even a single tomato plant. If you want to go bigger then why not a rice terrace in China, a field of corn in the prairies or lavender in Provence; you decide )

I think I first saw a field full of sunflowers when I was in Greece for the first time, aged 17 and three-quarters. A girl friend and I had set off to hitch-hike around Europe during the summer and I still recall seeing these flowers with their faces to the sun. I also recall the lorry driver giving us fistfuls of salted sunflower seeds to nibble on, cracking the hull with one’s teeth and spitting it out while keeping the kernel in the mouth and eating it. Not as easy as you think!

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Closer to home I photographed these lovely flowers on my daughter’s allotment – I’m not convinced they were grown for their edible seeds for humans, or for oil production, but the bees and later the birds would enjoy them.

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Sunflower seeds or kernels are commonly eaten as a snack food. Often used in bread making and baking, added to muesli and other cereals, mixed with peanut butter or even made in to sunflower butter as well as being sold as food for wild birds.

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52 thoughts on “garden photography: sunflowers

  1. So. Hitchhiking and you think I’m brave going to Gdańsk alone! I love sunflowers. Like dandelions, they seem to generate stories and memories. They featured in my Broken Hill days: I’d often pick one from the side of the road on my way to work and keep it on my desk. And here are yours, so beautifully photographed in all their detail.

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    1. Couldn’t have afforded to travel then if I hadn’t hitch-hiked. Some hairy moments though! And I only ever did it alone once – from England to Switzerland.

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      1. Yoghurt coated anything is good in my book! I did a lot of local hitch-hiking – had to in order to get home from music gigs in those days or else sleep in the train station! I did hitch to Plymouth for my first honeymoon (don’t ask) and got very tipsy on scrumpy down your way!

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      1. Quite small, full sun at the front, facing south and a tiny courtyard at the back with a little sun one place in the morning somewhere else in the afternoon.

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  2. Yummy sunflowers, Jude. Hubby and I hitchhiked to London from Birmingham when we were students. We were lucky to get a ride back, first in a big truck, and then in a plush Rover. What a fun day that was. 🙂

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  3. Love them . . . . .my first field was in France, can still remember scrambling out the car to take a shot with my Brownie Reflex. In fact I still have that camera but have never grown sunflowers. Might rectify that next year 🙂

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  4. I love sunflowers but for some reason I keep forgetting to plant them! I think I last planted them about 8 years ago and the dog nibbled the growing tips off all the little plants and that was the end of them! I would like to grow them so that they provide food for the birds in the autumn. Maybe next year.

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  5. Just adore sunflowers and these are picture perfect. I think I will try growing some again this year. This is my last post for a while but I will still come visiting. I actually did some hitchhiking in WA in 2005. I was doing my greyhound bus trip around Aus and some places just didn’t have any bus service.Took a while for any one to stop and pick me up. I thought they maybe imagined I was a mad granny on the run!!! I’ve combined a few challenges as this is my finale… https://pommepal.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/time-for-change/

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      1. I am sure those itchy feet will have you on the move eventually, even if only in the neighbourhood, and then you will have to share your findings with us 🙂 Have fun!

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