Happy September! I’m happy for September’s arrival and to once again join my blogging friends for another edition of Monday Morning Blooms.
You can find my friends’ links for their beautiful floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
I’m on the porch in celebration of the sunflower for this week’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms.
Sunflowers are the perfect flower to transition from summer to fall with the sunny yellow rays and warm brown centers! These cheery flowers are instant ‘mood-lifters’ and never fail to make me smile.
I picked up some sunflowers from the grocery store with yellow centers as well as brown. They’re joining some Endless Summer Hydrangeas that have faded to a soft green shade, along with sprigs from the abelia shrubs with little white blooms.
Sunflowers convey warmth and symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. They have a cheery sun-like appearance with their open faces framed by yellow petals, also known as “rays”.
Sunflowers make up the genus ‘Helianthus’ which contains almost 70 different species and are made of hundreds of tiny flowers clustered together called the disk, with both male and female components that produce seeds after pollination.
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! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
I gathered my sunflowers from the grocery store earlier in the week, while waiting for on an opportunity to photograph them. I always give my flower stems a good trim, cutting on the diagonal for maximum water uptake and and condition them with some floral preservative until I’m ready to arrange them. When I’m ready to arrange them, I give the stems another good fresh cut and place with in the vase with more floral preservative.
One of the sunflower bundles were not as fresh as the others and starting dropping their yellow petals or “rays”.
I decided to ‘Keep Calm and Sunflower On’ and pluck the remaining petals, including some of the brown disks to add some interest and texture to the arrangement. The bracts frame the sunflower disks like green petals!
Plates and napkins are blooming with sunflowers and paired with sunflower bowls. . .
And my ‘Fleur du Soleil’ watering can is blooming, picked on a Blue Ridge Getaway, several years ago. I uprooted it from the Potting Shed, moving it to the porch for some additional blooms.
Sunflower Plate & Mug / Maxcera, Sunflower Crown, HomeGoods, several years ago
Sunflower Pillow / T.J. Maxx
Sunflower Watering Can / antique mall
Sunflower Bowls, Napkin, Napkin Ring, Urn / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Charger / World Market, several years ago
*Buzz* over to visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Our fearless leader and sweet friend Shirley at Housepitality Designs is taking a little blog break. We look forward to Shirley joining us next time. ♥
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