Usually on a bank holiday it rains…not this one! It has been such a beautiful hot day that I’ve nearly managed to get all my flowers planted out so I’m hoping for lots of glorious colours in a few months.
This year I’ve planted lots of Sunflowers so hoping they grow tall. I didn’t realise that Sunflowers are what environmental scientists call hyperaccumulators, plants that have the ability to take up high concentrations of toxic materials in their tissues.
There are many articles regarding the benefits of growing Sunflowers in areas that are polluted. After the Hiroshima, Fukushima, and Chernobyl nuclear disasters, fields of sunflowers were planted across the affected landscapes to help absorb toxic metals and radiation from the soil.
There are sunflowers that capture uranium, ferns that thrive on arsenic, alpine herbs that hoard zinc, mustards that lap up lead, clovers that eat oil and poplar trees that destroy dry-cleaning solvents.