Thanksgiving, Sunflowers and Autumn Colors

Thanksgiving, Sunflowers and Autumn Colors

October is the month of Thanksgiving, Sunflowers and Autumn colors Red, Yellow and Orange.

One of my favorite flowers to use in a Thanksgiving or Autumn Bouquet or Floral Arrangement is the Sunflower.

An annual plant, Sunflowers have big, daisy-like flower faces of bright yellow petals and brown centers that ripen into heavy heads filled with seeds.

Tall and coarse, the plants have creeping or tuberous roots and large, bristly leaves. Some Sunflowers grow to over 16 feet in height, though there are also varieties today that have been developed for small spaces and containers. Most Sunflowers are remarkably tough and easy to grow as long as the soil is not waterlogged. Most are heat-and drought-tolerant.

Sunflowers earned their name due to a curious process called heliotropism. During the budding stage of growth, the heads of nearly all sunflowers face east at dawn, and follow the sun throughout the day, facing west at dusk. A flexible piece of the stem (the pulvinis), just below the flower bud enables this curious movement.

They make excellent cut flowers and many are highly attractive to bees and birds.

This month of October many clients of De Bloemist Floral Design have enjoyed the Sunflowers in their Thanksgiving Flower Bouquets or Floral Arrangements. Sunflowers were also used in Bouquets or Floral Arrangements, just to enjoy the Autumn/Fall season.



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