Sunflowers are always so bright and cheery. We use them a lot as centerpieces because of their size and bright colors. It takes a big room to lessen the impact of a sunflower centerpiece. What I love about sunflowers are the different varieties.
Yes, there are different varieties other than your typical sunflower.
Season: Summer into Fall
(Certain varieties are available only in the fall.)
Colors: Yellow and brown, Brown, Red and Yellow, Red
History: Domesticated somewhere around 2600 BC or 1000 BC and was used by Mesoamericans as a symbol of their sun-god. Spanish explorers brought the sunflower to Europe where in the 18th century it was developed to be used as an oil. (the seeds aren’t too shabby either! yum)
A very colorful fall bouquet! (again, not ours, but just too pretty to ignore) For more sunflower inspired bouquets and wedding ideas go here.
*Sunflowers do face towards the sun by a process called Heliotropism
* International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day is celebrated on May 1st when gardeners worldwide plant sunflowers in unexpected places, such as deserted lots and other places in need of a little sunshine so to speak. The idea started in Brussels by the Brussels Farmers.
Would love to see a wedding inspired by this painting. The blue and yellow would look great together.
Van Gogh’s Vase with Twelve Sunflowers – Version 03
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