Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ode To A Sunflower

(Image Source: Maggie Miller,

I love all kinds of flowers, they  stir up a different emotion for me; the colors, texture and their scent.  Some are quiet pleasant, while others make me walk away, but the sunflower stirs my soul.   It has been adopted as a symbol of happiness, strength, and because it tends to turn its face to the sun it is considered by some as a symbol of faith.

I’m always amazed at how tall they can get and how big the actual flower head can grow.  I love to eat sunflower seeds, to paint them and most recently I have been growing them, I planted about 20 seeds this April and slowly, but surely they have been growing and it’s been so exciting to see them bloom this past week.  

(Image Source: Maggie Miller Artist + Soapmaker)

(Image Source: Maggie Miller Artist + Soapmaker)

So I’m hooked and I plan on planting more next spring all over my back and front yard and see how tall they will grow.

(Image Source: Maggie Miller Artist + Soapmaker)

I plan on going to the farmers market and sell some and make some arrangements and surprise my neighbor with what I have growing in my yard now.

It’s always a great feeling to cheer someone up.  You see my neighbor is in her late 80’s and is a breast cancer patient, she has gone through a great deal this year and she is a fighter a very strong women.  The sunflower is the perfect flower to surprise her with and I believe represents her strength and determination to fight it.  I love her dearly.

What is your favorite flower?  Have you planted anything this season, I would love to hear about it here.  

The Sunflowers gleamed
in the noon day sun
their flourish of color
couldn't be out done

the sparrows flitted
above their ravishing visages
they were enchanted
by their dazzling mirages

By: Elizabeth Squires 

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