Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sunshine On A Stem

This is a re post from last summer with a few edits & additions . . .

Sunshine on a stem . . . 
The sunflower is one of my most favorite flowers.
Maybe it's because they represent the summer season.

Several years ago while on vacation we found a
bookstore going out of business.
This is one of books I bought.
Sunflowers
Growing, Cooking, and Crafting
with the
 Sunniest of Plants
Written by
Diane Morey Sitton

Throughout the book it lists fun facts about sunflowers
called
 "Seed  for Thought."
picture source google
Sunflowers are the national
flower of Russia.
picture source google
The French word for sunflower
is tournesol, or literally
"turn with the sun."
picture source google
In early Native American culture, the
sunflower was a religious symbol, merging
with the sun in sacred and
decorative motifs.
picture source google
In 1987, Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers
painting sold at auction for a record
$39.9 million.
picture source google
The sunflower was officially named the 
state flower of Kansas in 1903.
picture source google
Bees make a delicious amber honey
from sunflowers.
source google
In the language of flowers, the sunflower
is the birthday flower for June 30.  It symbolizes
adoration, affection, constancy, glory,
gratitude, and infatuation.
picture source google

Faux sunflowers on my kitchen table.
Note to self. . .
buy a bunch of freshly cut sunflowers.

8 comments:

Stacey said...

Hi Carol! I have fresh ones on my kitchen counter right now...Paul picked them when he was out on his walk. The field behind our house is full of sunflowers and I love them. Lots of neat information you found.

Sue said...

Love sun flowers too, Carol, and would you believe the birds scatter the seeds under the feeders thus I have so many that volunteer! Thanks for the facts I leaned so much! Enjoy your day.
Hugs,
Sue

allisamazing said...

What great little facts about sunflowers!

Sis Sue said...

When we lived in Kansas we saw field after field of sunflowers. Enjoy your 'sunshine on the stems'.

Melody said...

Morning, Carol. We saw wonderful fields of sunflowers when we lived in North Dakota. I have a photo that I may have to find and frame. Take care.

SavannahGranny said...

I too, love sunflowers. I have some faux stems on my porch now. For some reason I can't get real ones to hold up as cut flowers. Do you know any tips?
Hugs, Ginger

SunFlowerGypsy said...

I love Sunflower so much that I named my small cosmetic jewelry hobby after them: SunFlowerGypsy! I love the flowers because they make feel alive. I'm getting married in October and plan to have them in abundance at the wedding. Crazy thought: I want to grow my own for my wedding. Any suggestions?

SunFlowerGypsy said...

I love Sunflower so much that I named my small cosmetic jewelry hobby after them: SunFlowerGypsy! I love the flowers because they make feel alive. I'm getting married in October and plan to have them in abundance at the wedding. Crazy thought: I want to grow my own for my wedding. Any suggestions?