July 17: Sunflowers

At the flower shop we do a vase arrangement of Sunflowers. That is the first thing I ever did when I got there. I learned how to do that. Each week I improve upon how to make each arrangement. Sunflowers are very hard to work with because of the way the stems are. So it is like a puzzle trying to make the arrangement. we use two types of sunflowers. One with the dark middle and the one with the yellow middle. We have filler and what not else in it. It is very fun to make. I think it is very popular for the summer months. Time to get into sunflowers.

The Sunflower: 

Sunflowers are native to North America. There are 52 species. Helianthus is the scientific name of the flowers. They are a crop because of the seeds. For example, you see baseball players chewing on them and spitting the casings out on the ground. You also see it in the bird seed you buy as well (don’t eat that though). Sunflowers are annuals.

Interesting Facts:

  • If you need a bird feeder save the dried heads and set them out in the winter.
  • You can save the thick sunflower stems for kindling in the winter.
  • An anonymous buyer, bought Vincent Van Gough’s Sunflowers for $39 million in 1987.
  • Kansas is known as the “Sunflower State.”

 

Sunflower yellowsunflower

Mythology of Sunflowers:

I have seen a couple different stories of the Sunflowers, but this one seems to be similar to all of them. Plus it is all just Myths right? Clytie was a water nymph that fell in love with Apollo, god of the sun. She had been looking at the night sky but it was just a shadow of the sun on the moon. Apollo was in love with her sister Luecothea. Clytie felt separated from the outside world. She had passed of grief. Apollo had made her into a sunflower. Which her head rises in the morning and lowers at night at the horizon.

Clytie

 

(Just like this image, from google images).

 

Sunflower Poem:

Who can resist it’s beauty?
Who can explain to me it’s nature
To follow the Sun, until he fades away into the night
and again waiting for a new day, prepare for a light.

Turned on the south,
with her head held high
she greets the Apollo, god of the son,
while his sun rays caress her trough the sky.

From sunrise to sunset, she follows her love
making sure not to take her eyes off him
not even for a second of time,
perennially in love with her love, sun “divine”

That is her curse of unrequited love,
the curse of great legend
and story of hear heart, blinded by lust,
like a lost man with his eyes in a dust.

She was blinded by love
that was so honest and so pure,
yet so far away and so unfathomable,
and it was her illness without cure.

13 Types of Sunflowers:

http://www.hgtvgardens.com/photos/flowering-plants-photos/types-of-sunflowers

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