SUN-FLOWERS, stop growing!
If you touch the sky where those clouds are passing
Like tufts of dandelion gone to seed,
The sky will put you out!
You know it is blue like the sea . . .
Maybe it is wet, too!
Your gold faces will be gone forever
If you brush against that blue
Ever so softly!
from Poems by a Little Girl
A H ! S U N – F L O W E R
Ah, Sun-flower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done.
One lonely sunflower growing in the sun
Wants to play and have some fun
Then whoosh went the wind
And scattered all the seeds
And now there’s lots of sunflowers
Playing in the breeze.
GARDEN OF SUNFLOWERS
A garden of Sunflower beckoned to me –
Come join us, my lady, and joyous you’ll be!
We’re large ones and small ones, some dainty and fair,
And even some delicate to wear in your hair.
We follow the sun, swaying slowly without a care,
We have a new dance that with you we will share.
Gently hold onto our leaves, allow us to lead the way,
To our Sunflower two-step, dancing throughout the day.
I couldn’t resist them, so dandy a sight!
So off I did go in my Sunflower flight.
What a glorious time, right up til twilight,
And then I had to bid my Sunflowers good-night.
So happy were we, a long day filled with fun,
Upon leaving I kissed them, each and every one.
So tender the moment, as I turned to leave.
With eyes brimmed with tears, could I truly believe?
OH! It was so true!! I then knew it to be!!!
I had to smile, ’cause they were all winking at me!!!!
Some sunflower facts:
Helianthus comes from two words, Helios meaning sun, and Anthos, meaning flower. The sunflower buds “often” follow the sun, and this characteristic is how it got its name. When the buds fully open the flower tends to face East.
The sunflower is a good bee plant, ours have been covered in bees this summer.
In many parts of Europe sunflowers have provided, and still provide, leaves for smoking, flower buds for salads, flowers for dyes and oil for cooking.
The sunflower is not one flower, but a cluster of more then 2000 tiny flowers growing together…go and have a closer look next time you come face to face with one.
A sunflower’s head can grow to be as big as 2 feet across and the plant itself can be as tall as 18 feet.
The tallest sunflower grown on record was 25 feet tall and was grown in the Netherlands.
The largest sunflower head on record measured 32 1/2 inches across its widest point and was grown in Canada.
The shortest mature sunflower on record was just over 2 inches tall and was grown in Oregon using the Bonsai technique.
Read more about the sunflower at the National Sunflower Association. I have also put together a Sunflower math booklet for my girls and to share with you if interested; just click the orange “sunflower math” link.