We’re nearing the end of August and in a heartbeat summer will be a distant memory. We’ll miss all that the summer season has shared with us including many fabulous summer weddings, fun in the sun parties, the arrival of new babes, happy birthday celebrations and of course, all the flower arrangements that we have created for these wonderful occasions. Now, we can barely catch our breath as the cooler nights signal the arrival of autumn. What this means at Brant Florist is the arrival of sunflowers!
We love sunflowers for their simplistic beauty, awesome hit of color and bold presence. And in honor of sunflower season, allow us to share a few fun facts about this beloved flower. The scientific name for sunflower is Helianthus. In Greek helios means sun and anthos means flower, hence sunflower. More than sixty varieties of sunflowers can be found around the world and they are thought to be native to the Americas, (North and South). In fact, sunflowers were cultivated by Native Americans over 1000 years ago. The sunflower blossom is comprised of petals and a central disk. The short petals, which look like the rays of the sun can be yellow, red, maroon, orange and some varieties even have striped petals. Sunflowers have a unique trait called heliotropism where the bud of the sunflower turns to face the sun at all times throughout the day, starting the day facing the east and ending it facing west.
Sunflowers are a breath of fresh air! At our shop they are a popular fall flower favourite. We create stunning fall arrangements, (how could we not when sunflowers take center stage), that are a super way to express cheerful wishes for a wedding anniversary, birthday, get well, or new arrival. Browse our Sunflower Arrangements page and you’ll be as smitten by these showy fall flowers as we are!