Sunflowers are a big crop in Umbria but this year, for the first time, they are growing sunflowers in the fields near our house in Lazio. They are certainly a more bautiful crop than the never ending maize (grown as animal feed) which need so much water. In Italian their name is girasole (turn to the sun) which, is of course, just what they do! when I was photgraphing them they were covered with bees so another good reason to grow them. Other crops at this time of year are tobacco, tomatoes, melons, aubergines and peppers; but sheep are the most important form of farming – not for meat but for the all the wonderful pecorino cheese.