Life saving sunflowers

Updated: Jul 5, 2020

Sunflowers (helianthus) keep their head cool in heated situations. This super flower turned out not only to bring happiness with its bright yellow appearance but it literally has saved lives. Surprisingly sunflower stems were used to fill life jackets. Floating sunflower rafts have been used to clean up water contamination from the Chernobyl disaster. The roots of the sunflowers remove up to 95% radioactivity by drawing the contaminants out of the water. This is what you call flower power!

So it’s not a surprise that we have chosen the sunflower as flower of the month.

A common flower with an uncommon history

You may not think that the sunflower is kind of a globe trotter, but the history of this quite simple unpolished looking flower is far more interesting than you may imagine. Most people think the sunflower is originated in Europe, but he sunflower is native to North America and was first grown as a crop by indigenous tribes over 4,500 years ago.

In 1510 was it discovered by European explorers and Spanish sailors were the first to gather up large quantities of sunflower seed and ship it back to Europe. The Europeans overlooked the food and oil-bearing potential of sunflowers, so for the next 200 years nothing great happened in the sunflower's history.

With thanks to the Russians, and Peter the Great in particular, the sunflower got huge popularity as a cultivated plant. The Russians were the first to have sunflower oil manufactured on a large and highly lucrative commercial scale.

Another key person in the commercializing of the sunflower is the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. Not only did van Gogh inspire others to paint sunflowers, but he also created a trend that would change opinions and affected lifestyles. Van Gogh liked the vibrant colour, but fell in love with the rustic form of the sunflower. The way he painted his non elegant, non refined sunflowers altered many views on colour schemes, exaggerated features, and stereotypically beautiful flowers in minimalistic form. Sunflowers became very popular in all forms of arts, but also to the people as an ornamental to add colour to their lives and houses.

It's time to shine

Sunflowers have the color of the sun and their yellow shade can literally brighten your day! Cheer up yourself or some else with a bunch of sunflowers as representation of friendship and joy. This month we'll enhance our floral bouquets with yellow coloured flowers and the sunflower will often appear in our designs.

Let the sun shine indoors and order the special offer.

#Dutchflowers, #sunflower, #helianthus

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