Sunny Summer Sunflowers

Above: Beautiful sunflower face

Sunflowers are by far one of my most favourite flowers, not from a floral design point of view, but from a heart point of view! They give me butterflies! They have happy chearful faces that lift my spirit on any given day. We had sunflowers on our wedding, + – 600 of them! Oh and why? My hubby and I did not decide to have a yellow wedding because we liked yellow, but because Sunflowers were the first flowers he gave me and he swept me of my feet with those!!!

Above: Long and strong sunflower stalks!

 

 

 

I was doing doing some research the other day about other uses of flowers and came upon some interesting information about sunflowers! And tomorrow we have a wedding with a few sunflowers, so a I took the photo’s for this blog post and decided I must write something right now to share these interesting facts, here they are.

WHAT DOES THIS FLOWER SYMBOLIZE: 

Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty, longevity, warmth, positivity, power, strength,  and happiness!

ABSORBING TOXIC METALS:

Those of you who have gotten to know me will know that I am extremely passionate about the environment, preserving the natural resources we have, treading more lightly on planet earth and preserving for next gene

rations. If I don’t recycle I don’t sleep, we have solar power and try to use water sparing as well as reusing greywater.

Above: Take a peek at the insides of these wonderful sunflower stalks.

That being said, I was absolutely flabbergasted when I discovered this interesting fact about Sunflowers. Scientists have disovered that Sunflowers / sunflower plants have the ability to absorb toxi metals and ration from the soil!

After the Hiroshima, Fukushima, and Chernobyl nuclear disasters, fields of sunflowers were planted across the affected landscapes to help absorb toxic metals and radiation from the soil. New research now suggests that sunflowers (Helianthus) might be as good for the environment as they are pretty to look at.

Research have also proven that recycling of sunflower residue is aiding in sustaining soil health! Fascinating!

OTHER INTERESTING FACTS:

The first cultivated sunflowers were in Peru some 3000 years ago. And Sunflowers are native to South and North America and possibly Mexico. In ancient Peru it was an emblem of the Inca sun god.

In the 16th century explorers introduced sunflowers to Spain.

Did you know sunflowers head turn and follows the sun all the way from sunrise to sunset every day.

Bees love sunflowers because of their nectar and pollen and the seeds are favoured by not only seed-eating birds, but also by us humans.

The young flowering buds are very nutritious and even the mature buds and maturing flower petals contains zinc, beta-carotene, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, E, magnesium, manganese and chromium. The seeds are loaded with minerals. Interesting that currently all parts of the sunflower are being tested for the ability to regenerate tissue in the kidneys after infectious kidney diseases and kidney stones. The leaves are being tested for the treatment of malaria and can be used to make a tea.

Above: Strong finger thick sunflower stalks.

When life jackets (personal flotation devices) were first developed, they filled them with sunflower stalks to keep people afloat.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed these interesting facts as much as I did!

 


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