This year we tried a sunflower fort (an enclosure made from sunflowers for the children to play in). It didn’t go very well; the sunflowers were spindly, slugs ate them, and they didn’t flower all at the same time.

In contrast, the sunflower seeds from the bird feeders dropped by the birds flowered beautifully in the gravel next to the house and in the drive. Next year we’ll know better and sow those rather than packets bought specially.

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As well as the sunflowers, the flower border is putting on a fine late summer display and the sweet peas are still great.

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