With the long overdue rain falling this morning, I thought it only fitting to feature the sunflower to contrast the grey skies.
The sunflower is synonymous with happiness and nourishment and this has a lot to do with the fact that it will change direction to receive the most amount of sunlight throughout the day.
It has had an enormous influence throughout history upon different civilisations; from Clytie and Apollo in Greek mythology to the Chinese who look to the flower as a symbol of long life and good luck. It’s even acted as the inspiration for one of my favourite artists, Van Gogh.
A quick google search delivered hundreds of quotes about the yellow-faced bloom, but it’s Helen Mirren who I think sums it up beautifully:
“I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life than the sunflower… Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.”
Heading into the weekend, let’s all look to the sunflower as a reminder to be happy, share our warmth with others and continue to grow and look for the light in everything.