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Sunflowers

Posted on by royvickery |

2014-08-01 10.52.54Metro of 28 July 2014 provides a photograph of a Spalding, Lincolnshire, farmer in a field of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus).  According to the supermarket chain Asda sales of sunflower flowers are  up 288% on last year.

On the same date The Times reports on sunflower festivals in Japan.  A photograph shows visitors trying to find their way through a sunflower maze near Nogi in Tochigi, about 40 miles north of Tokyo.  ‘The country has several other popular sunflower festivals, culminating in the Hokuryu village event, where an entire hillside is covered by 1.3 million blooms.’  This year sunflowers are blooming earlier than usual due to an unusually hot summer.

Image:  Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, London Borough of Lambeth; August 2014.

 

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