Flower of the Month--The sunflower

03 July 2017

sunflower

The sunflower’s origin
The sunflower originates from North and South America. Native Americans ate the flower’s seeds with beans, sweetcorn and squashes, and people and animals still enjoy sunflower seeds today. Did you know that the sunflower’s official name is Helianthus? A combination of the Greek words ‘helios’ (sun) and ‘anthos’ (flower).

The sunflower’s colours and shapes
We particularly know the sunflower as a yellow beauty, but there are also orange, brown, cream and dark red versions. There’s also plenty of variety when it comes to shape: there are sunflowers with large or small flowers, with a single row of petals or with multiple rings of petals. Whichever you choose, sunflowers undoubtedly guarantees a healthy dose of summer mood.

Caring for sunflowers
•    Trim the stems diagonally.
•    Remove surplus leaves from the stems.
•    Place the flowers in a clean vase - preferably glass - with tap water at room temperature.
•    Add some cut flower food.
•    Regularly top the vase up, because sunflowers are thirsty.
•    Place the vase in a cool spot away from the fruit bowl and not in full sun.
•    Allow for the weight of the sunflowers, so choose a sturdy vase. 

Sunflower symbolism
The sunflower often symbolises the sun and love. In Greek mythology the nymph Clytia fell head over heels in love with the sun god Apollo. Although Clytia was very beautiful, Apollo did not reciprocate her love. As a result Clytia died of a broken heart, was transformed into a sunflower and therefore constantly follows the sun in order to be able to see her sun god. So this cheerful flower comes with a very romantic but tragic love story…

Sunflower bowl  sunflower planter   

CREDIT: FLOWER COUNCIL OF HOLLAND

THE JOY OF FLOWERS

Flower of the Month--The sunflower