garden photography: sunflowers

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!


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.


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 Comments Add yours

  1. pommepal says:

    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…

    1. Heyjude says:

      I can imagine you hitch-hiking, you have that sort of spirit 😀 Don’t stay away too long PP, I shall miss you.

      1. pommepal says:

        Thanks Jude I will be “lurking” in the background, keeping an eye on how your garden grows. I will be back eventually. Hopefully with art work to show!!!

        1. Heyjude says:

          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!

        2. pommepal says:

          I have a couple of plans, mainly garden and flower visiting, but will wait till our spring arrives…

        3. Heyjude says:

          I shall look forward to them 🙂

  2. Gayle says:

    Beautiful variety of sunflowers. Hard to get the edible seeds ahead of the birds.

  3. Vicky says:

    Lovely sunflower photos…they are such a cheerful flower… I also love sunflower seeds, but not the mess they make cracking the husk !

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