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    Default Sunflowers on allotments

    I noticed that a lot of people have sunflowers on their allotments. Is there a reason for it or is it purely ornamental?

    Thanks!
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    My guess would be part ornamental, part competition to see who can grow the tallest and part beneficial, in attracting insects to the garden.
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    Default Sunflowers

    Like any flower they're beneficial, will plant mine in the midst of my wigwam next year (as in GYO) with nasturtiums in a bin.

    Seriously though I started growing flowers a few years back as part of companion planting and the benefits were soon felt, they make the place look good and bring in all those bugs...

    Sunflowers are great because you can eat them and if you have kids they love them.

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    Default Sunflowers

    Thanks Geordie and Andrewo!
    You can eat sunflowers?? I've always known about the seeds, but I had no idea about the flower itself! Or do you mean you can eat the seeds?
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    Default The seeds

    The seeds!!!! Though years back I did see someone add the flower petals to a salad but I don't know about this, so can't vouch.

    Terrible images now of you trying to cram a large flower head in your mouth.

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    Default Beryl

    Sunflowers attract hoverflies which in turn devour blackfly.
    We tried to experiment on our allotment site last year and several of us all grew sunflowers resulting in virtually no blackfly. I know one year is not enough to say they are the answer to our prayers but it is something we will continue with and see.

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    Default eating sunflowers

    Just bought some seeds for the allotment as the squirrels ate last years seeds (anyone eaten squirrel?????!)and on the back of the packets it says...quote:-

    The green buds before the flowers opens are delicious cooked in butter sauce and the seeds make a tasty snack.'

    They were from Thompson and Morgan , and suggest writing to them for a free leaflet with recipies for a wide range of edible flowers.

    So....you were right!!!!
    Last edited by Nicos; 24-01-2006 at 07:28 PM.

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    The leaflet isn't very exciting. Nor are the flower buds, in my opinion. There are lots of flowers that are far more interesting.

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