On my second attempt to get to the sunflower fields at Rhossili I actually made it – with a bit of the moral support and the handy seating offered by newly baled hay along the way. It was an amazing sight; both the flowers and the numbers of people and their cameras, including me. It is a great shame that since then people have apparently been picking and otherwise vandalising the flowers. What drives people to do that?

This weekend, the winds have been so strong (50 mph +) that I feared that the fields may have been damaged with many stems flattened as they are so exposed on the coast. I am pleased that at the time of writing this post a report from National Trust Gower on Facebook is saying that the sunflowers have survived and are dancing in the wind. I was able to get lots of photos while I was there, of which a selection are shown above and below. I hope that enough plants will remain and thrive and ripen so that a good quantity can be harvested for wild bird food mix.

13 Replies to “Visit to The Vile at Rhossili (2)”

  1. Wow! Truly stunning photos!
    I am so pleased that the sunflowers have stood up to the awful winds we have had this weekend. Sadly we lost a quarter of ours to the gusts 😦 I was so excited when I returned from Orkney late Friday night, among torrents of rain, to find they had all flowered and survived the rain. I was looking forward to getting photos on Saturday – only to wake up and find what sunflowers were still standing, were completely battered and missing petals! Such a shame. However I have taken solace in your beautiful photos 🙂

  2. Thank you, My Beautiful Britain. Sorry to hear that your own sunflowers were damaged by the wind. I hope you enjoyed your trip to Orkney. I visited there last summer and found it full of delights. There are some Orkney posts from the holiday on this blog.

  3. Thank you, Emma. I think you can but I am not sure. I did see lots of people with dogs near the car park but do not remember seeing any in the sunflower fields.

  4. Thank you, Jean. It is the tidal island of Worm’s Head in the background of the pictures. At low tide it is possible to reach it over a rocky causeway but you have to be careful about timing your visit because the causeway is only exposed for a few hours. A coastguard station on the headland watches out for people who might potentially be in trouble on the rocks or likely to be stranded on the island.

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