Hello! Welcome to the first of our non-move related blogs in quite awhile. 🙂 It’s nice to be back here today writing about one of our favorite, and most seasonally beautiful, flowers right now. The always stunning, and super pretty, Sunflower. We’ve been busy using up our collection of these gorgeous golden lovelies, in all kinds of arrangements–wedding and birthday bouquets, anniversary arrangements, and as single stalks going out to brighten up little parts of the home, and office. They’re sturdy, and long-lasting, and compliment the mood, and colors, of Autumn perfectly. At the end of this blog, we’ll share some of the links to our favorite, Sunflower-starring, arrangements–for now though, check out some of our favorite trivia regarding this all-time, favorite, flower!
-SO many of our favorite flowers originate in Europe; this one though? The Sunflower is native to North America. To this day, they are the state flower of Kansas.
-Sunflowers, or parts of it, have been used for medicine, food, bio-diesel, dye, animal feed, leather softener and even hair conditioner. The oils are rich in calcium and iron, as well as vitamins A and D.
-Sunflower oil is used all over the world to cook with.
-Sunflowers display something called heliotropism. You remember what that means from middle school science class, right? Well, in case you don’t remember–it means they follow the sun. So, throughout the course of the day the flower will move, facing from east, to west.
-They symbolize faith, adoration, and loyalty.
-They are one of the fastest growing plants out there. The record holder stands at over 30 feet.
-The spiral formation of seeds in a sunflower almost always follows the Fibonacci sequence. (Trust us. If you don’t know what that is–we didn’t–Google it. You’ll learn something, mathematically, new today, too. 🙂 )
-Each sunflower may contain as many as 1,000-2,000 seeds. That’s a lot of food… (Plus, their seeds provide enough protein to make them a meat replacement.)
-They’re good at absorbing toxins and were planted, in mass, after the tsunami wiped out the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
-Sunflowers are wonderful at attracting bees; Honeybees love them–which make them an easy, and perfect, plant to grow to help the bees. (Butterflies like ’em too!)
-They make great, cut, flowers and they also grow wonderfully in a pot.
What do you think? Did you know about any of these things? Let us know if you know more about these awesome flowers…we’d love to hear!
And, as promised, here are the links to some of our most beautiful, and favorite, sunflower arrangements (they aren’t ALL about the Sunflower–they’re just ‘starring’ the Sunflower 🙂
(Can you tell that maybe we might have been a little bit inspired by The Cure while naming arrangements… 😉 )