I’m not generally a big fan of yellow flowers, but sunflowers radiate such cheerfulness, that it’s hard not to feel uplifted when you see them.
Last week, I popped along to Garsons, a local garden centre that also has a Pick Your Own Farm. And as well as growing fruits and vegetables, they also grow sunflowers and sweet peas.
Armed with my secateurs, I cut some sunflowers that are now displayed in a tall cylinder glass vase on our kitchen table. Personally, I feel that they look best on their own rather than mixed with other blooms, and would look equally as good in a jug.
Today’s blog post features some images of these vibrant flowers from my visit to the PYO Farm…
As for a little bit of background about sunflowers…
Their botanical name, Helianthus, comes from the Greek words, ‘helios’ which means sun and ‘anthos’ which means flower. They’re so called because they always turn towards the sun, but it also aptly describes the shape of their blooms.
The most common variety have bright yellow petals arranged around a large dark chocolate-coloured centre. But as you can see from the photos, there are varieties with yellow centres too. And you can also find them with brown petals and brown centres.
What I loved when wandering amongst them, accompanied by some friendly bees, was their amazing height. However, shorter and smaller-headed varieties are available.
So why not treat yourself to some sunflowers this week to add a little bit of flowery sunshine to your home…
P.S. A little tip for flower arrangers…you can give them a second life by removing their faded petals, leaving the brown centre.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)