Petal Pick: Sunflowers | Harvey Designs | Event and Floral Design | Savannah, GA

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.

WAIT WHAT?!

Yes, there are different varieties other than your typical sunflower.

Origin: Central America

Season: Summer into Fall

(Certain varieties are available only in the fall.)

The Chocolate Sunflower is available only in the fall.  What a lovely color and how lovely would this look in a centerpiece with fall colors.

Teddy Bear Sunflowers.  These are very fun and make quite a statement on their own.   They are also late summer into fall.

Ring of Fire Sunflowers.  These are actually dyed red, the sunflower only absorbs so much dye and gets this ring around the center.

These are dyed red and you can tell because the petals still show a little yellow and the greenery has absorbed the dye and has turned purple.

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)

Price: $$$

Mini Sunflowers make for lovely boutonnieres.  *We can’t claim responsibility for this one.  This was done by Marsh Floral Fashions

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

Thanks for stopping by and having a look around!  We would love to hear what you think!

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