I’ve been fretting about the sunflowers for my garden for the Gardening World Cup. They’ve taken on a significance quite out of proportion to their place in the original design, since it was announced that sunflowers are being planted in the contaminated land at Fukushima to clean the soil of radioactivity (see my posting of 22nd July 2011 Sunflower Seeds). As the Gardening World Cup this year is being held in aid of the victims of the tsunami my sunflowers have suddenly become quite significant. And so I was delighted today to receive an email from Japan with photos of sunflower seedlings, which are just beginning to appear, four days after the seeds were planted. They should be in flower by the beginning of October. To be on the safe side, another batch is going in next week. The varieties are Vincent and Valentine, pictured above.