Summer days get truly festive with this queen of the summer flowers
What if you could crown just one flower queen of the summer flowers? You’d definitely choose the majestic sunflower! Did you know that in nature the flower turns with the sun during the day? She doesn’t want to miss a single ray and at night the flower turns back towards the east. We call this phenomenon heliotropism.
COLOURS AND SHAPES
Alongside the familiar yellow sunflower, you can also choose orange, brown, cream and dark red versions. There’s also plenty of variety when it comes to shape: there are sunflowers with large or small flowers, with a single row of petals or with multiple rings of petals. Whichever you choose, sunflowers undoubtedly guarantee a healthy dose of summer sunshine.
The sunflower often symbolises the sun and love. In Greek mythology the nymph Clytia fell head over heels in love with the sun god Apollo. Although Clytia was very beautiful, Apollo did not reciprocate her love. As a result Clytia died of a broken heart, was transformed into a sunflower and therefore constantly follows the sun in order to be able to see her sun god.
The sunflower originates from North and South America. Native Americans ate the flower’s seeds with beans, sweetcorn and squashes. Did you know that the sunflower’s official name is Helianthus? A combination of the Greek words ‘helios’ (sun) and ‘anthos’ (flower).
CARING FOR SUNFLOWERS
To make summer last longer in your vase:
Trim the stems diagonally.
Remove surplus leaves from the stems.
Place the flowers in a clean vase - preferably glass - with tap water and room temperature.
Add some cut flower food.
Regularly top the vase up, because sunflowers are thirsty.
Place the vase in a cool spot away from the fruit bowl and not in full sun.
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