It's summer's last kick (really early autumn) and it's sunflower time again. As ever, I sowed too many and successes were few.
This one was a 12-footer growing in the polytunnel where it collapsed on to Zoe's sweetcorn patch. Too fresh and lovely to throw on the compost heap and far too heavy to arrange conventionally.
These dark orange sunflowers are my favourites,,,
...while small tortoiseshells seem to prefer a traditional sunflower.
Sunflowers were a big favourite of Ava's too and because she died in the first weeks of September they will ever be associated with her memory. Exactly one year ago today since she was laid to rest in her hometown Antrim.
Ava Grace Byrne 2011-2019