Saturday, September 24, 2011

***     Sunny Sunflowers    ***
Sunflowers are becoming almost as popular as roses for gift giving. They brighten any day and bring sunshine to any situation!

The story of the sunflower (Helianthus Annuus ) is indeed amazing. The wild sunflower is native to North America but commercialization of the plant took place in Russia. It was only recently that the sunflower plant returned to North America to become a cultivated crop. But it was the American Indian who first domesticated the plant into a single headed plant with a variety of seed colors including black, white, red, and black/white striped.
For more information on it's long, 3000 year history see:

Sunflower Centerpiece T170-1A
I love sunflowers in all types of floral arrangements, from centerpieces to high style even cornucopias for the holidays. A single sunflowers with a face of google eyes and bow tie can make you laugh for days.
Classic Cornycioua T168-3A

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