It wasn't only my lovely aunts themselves who drew me over the road but their cottage garden. I would stand and stare up in awe at their giant sunflowers. They were so tall and glorious I could scarcely believe it! Thus began my life-long love affair with sunflowers.
Aunty Sarah and Auntie Lizzie are both long departed this world, one aged 99 and the other 97, but every time I see a sunflower I remember them and the visits to their cottage and garden which were one of my childhood's delights.
Not only are sunflowers beautiful but they are easily grown and their seeds are nutritious. I like to plant a climbing bean at the base of a sunflower so it can grow up the stalk of the sunflower.
Sunflowers from my garden: