Sunflowers

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September equals Sunflowers.  One of my favorite flowers on the farm is the sunflower. Every yard should have some. My only regret is that I didn’t plant more of them this year. Or more varieties!  I just can’t help smiling every time I look at them and see the bees going nuts over them.

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This one I can’t take credit for planting…. but it sure is cute!

Did you know… Sunflower greens contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamin C, E, A, Folate, B complex and D.

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The greens also contain lecithin, and that helps to break down fatty acids in your body. Amen to that. Not to mention other important minerals – calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and zinc.

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Future Cantaloupe

Older Sunflower plant leaves can be used as an infusion to treat high fevers.  I had no idea… Good to know if the zombie apocalypse ever goes down.

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At the moment, I have a large, live sunflower plant that doubles as a stake to steady one of my young fig trees.  They’re unbelievably strong plants. They have to be, in order to hold up those huge flowered heads full of seeds.

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I’m going to try sprouting some tiny sunflower micro greens and see how it goes. I picture them as a great topping on sandwiches, soup, in salads, in pasta… Oh the possibilities!

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Of course the cocky rooster had to pose for the picture : )

And did I mention the Bees go nuts over the pollen filled flowers? And the world sure could use more bees… ~A

 

 

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