I set a table for two by the lake with black and white and cheery sunflowers.
Sunflowers, which say “summer” no matter what language you speak!
My Floral Friday Sunflower Centerpiece provided the table inspiration, pairing the enamel handled black and white tray with black and white checks.
You can find the tutorial for creating your own arrangement and a favorite trick using an item from the drugstore, here.
Buffalo check plates are serving up sunflower bowls.
Silver napkin rings are abuzz with gold bee magnets for easy embellishing. . .
And Wallace Napoleon Bee flatware is a favorite summer pattern for alfresco dining.
Grown for beauty as well as harvested for seed, sunflowers symbolize the sun, conveying warmth, happiness, adoration and longevity.
Sunflowers make up the genus Helianthus which contains almost 70 different species.
As sunflowers grow, they track the sun’s movement in the sky from east to west. This is caused by the growth pattern of the sunflower, with one side of the stem elongating during the day, followed by the other side elongating during the night.
The growth is driven by genes that respond to light and the plant’s circadian rhythm. As the sunflower matures and growth slows as the flower opens up, they stop their daylight tracking movement and face east.
*Bee*cause east-facing flowers warm up quicker, they attract five times as many pollinators as west-facing flowers as bees like warm flowers! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
The sunflower is made of hundreds of tiny flowers clustered together called the disk, with both male and female components that produce seeds after pollination.
Ciroa Buffalo Check dinner plates / HomeGoods, several years ago
Sunflower Bowls and Napkins / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Sunflower Mugs / Maxcera, HomeGoods
Bee Magnets / Amazon
Silver Napkin Rings / Bed, Bath & Beyond
Tablecloth / Kohl’s, several years ago
Flatware / Wallace Napoleon Bee, Horchow, several years ago
Goblets / Hobby Lobby, several years ago
Willow Chargers / HomeGoods, last fall