Sunflowers seem to be the ultimate symbol of sunshine and cheer. Whether it’s a conscious thought or not, I’m betting that you can’t look at sunflowers without a feeling of happiness or a smile on your face. As a matter of fact, according to interflora.co.uk, sunflowers have many meanings across the world, from positivity and strength, to admiration and loyalty.
With over 80 species, sunflowers can be small and dainty, or larger than life. Some species grow a flower bigger than a human head! If you’ve ever been witness to a field of sunflowers, you know that the sea of yellow is absolutely breathtaking. Luckily, most varieties are fairly hardy too, and once cut, can last in a vase of water up to two weeks.
Here in the northeast, sunflowers are usually planted in late spring or early summer, with a blooming schedule of late summer into early fall. If you live in a warmer climate, it’s quite possible to get in two crops in one season!
Above and beyond the sunny cheer they provide, sunflower mazes are popping up in the late summer months as a fun activity. Think corn maze, but through waves of sunflowers.
Sunflower seeds from larger varieties can be harvested and used for bird seed or people food! Want to learn how to enjoy your sunflower seeds? Check out “8 Ways to use Sunflower Seeds”, from Epicurious.