Sunflowers of one kind and another…

This is really a message for Frank and Emily (though everyone is welcome to read it of course). It was lovely to see you at Kris’s party on Saturday, and here are a few photos of the flowers we talked about.

A sunflower (cross between a light and dark form from seeds saved last year – you can read more about it by clicking here):

A Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia ‘torch’). This is the colour I was trying to describe:

And Cempoalxochitl – Nahuatl for ‘Twenty Flowers’ – (Tagetes erecta, Marigold, wild seeds originally from Oaxaca (Wa-ha-ca) and cultivated by me now over the past ten years:

And I’m hoping some of these ‘Cemps’ as I call them, will last into November for your Holborn trip, Emily.

See you both soon,

All the best, Mark

PS Oh and this is the church gate I talked about in Mexico. Covered with  Cempoalxochitls (of the more cultivated, double-flowered variety) for the Dias de San Miguel festivities:

Pics: Sunflower, Tithonia, Cempoalxochitl, 2011; Marigolds on Church Gate, San Miguel de Allende, September 2001 All by Mark Watson (markinflowers) Creative Commons with Attribution

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