It’s spring time once again and the gardens are alive with some magnificent changes. But what is more incredible is what goes on not only in our gardens, but in nature itself. Mother Nature doesn’t like to rush things, as evolution has shown, so its no wonder how delicate and intricate things can be. We’ve been doing some garden research and decided to share even more facts with you! According to the Guinness Book of Records, the tallest ever sunflower grew to 7.76m high! Lots of plants are used as dyes. One of the oldest blue dyes comes from a plant called Woad that has been used since Neolithic times – over 6000 years! Phytoplankton are tiny plants that can’t even be seen with the naked eye. But amazingly they produce half the oxygen in the world! According to the Guinness Book of Records, the world’s longest cucumber was grown in Essex, UK in 1986 and measured a whopping 1.1m (3ft 8in). It takes at least 5 years for a Bluebell seed to grow into a bulb! Seaweed contains a kind of gloopy jelly stuff that helps it hold onto water. It is also very useful for all sorts of other things - the carrageenan used for thickening ice cream comes from seaweed! Did you know, carrots actually come in a range of colours? White and yellow carrots come from Europe, and purple ones come from the Middle East. The orange ones are a fairly recent invention, created by crossing various other colours.