Sunflowers always create happy feelings for me with their wonderful colour and often towering presence. My grandchildren are always excited each year to grow their own. Checking each day to see how tall their flowers have become.
The Sunflower actually originates from North America and was used by the Native Americans as a source of food and also dye for fabrics. Today they are still used widely for their edible seeds and source of oil.
There is much folklore surrounding this beautiful flower and they are often associated with good luck, honesty and prosperity.
It is thought that if you plant sunflowers in your garden, then you will attract good luck and prosperity to you and your family.
In regards to honestly, it is said that by placing a sunflower head under your pillow at night. The truth will be revealed to you, regarding a situation by the end of the following day.
Due to its connection with the sun this flower is also a symbol of fertility. Ritual baths using the petals and eating the seeds is believed by pagans to help conception. This also applies if you wear a necklace of dried sunflower heads too.
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
It is what Sunflowers do.” – By Helen Keller
Creating your own patch of sunshine
Sunflowers often create a lovely golden glow when planted together. Their seeds (depending on variety) often need to be sown mid-April to May.
- Sunflowers can be sown straight into weed free soil or a pot.
- Dig a small hole approx. 12mm deep and 10cm apart.
- Place a seed in the hole, cover with soil, and water gently.
- Protect from slugs etc. by cutting the top off a plastic bottle and place over the seed.
- As the Sunflower grows it may need extra support from a cane. Water as needed.
- Now watch as it grows reaching for the Sun!