Friday, July 10, 2015

Flower Crush...Sunflowers

Sunflowers have always been the happy flower to me...they seem to smile & nod as they grow tall in the fields...sunflowers can grow up to several feet in height & when mature usually face east. For a few short weeks at the beginning of the summer in Provence, two of the most beautiful & photogenic flowers bloom together...sunflowers & lavender...in vast fields often side by side...I have seen these beautiful fields many times...each time I am unprepared for the breathtaking sight...it is gorgeous...the rich yellow of the sunflower & the passionate purples of the lavender...under the soft glowing light in this part of France..it is definitely an experience that stays with you. Sunflowers are actually native to the Americas, brought to Europe by the Spaniards in the 16th century. There are several areas in southern Cali where you can find beautiful & sprawling fields of sunflowers and they are also seen in abundance in Tuscany. Sunflowers have always been popular as a cut flower & have become more so in the last few years being used in many rustic weddings & country style entertaining. I bought several bouquets this week at a local farmers market...I love to use them in large bunches...sharing with you a few faves of this beautiful & happy flower...the Sunflower..:))
In Provence sunflowers generally grow over 5 feet high, bloom from late June until the end of July with harvest occurring at the beginning of August...
Sunflowers look fabulous in tall vases & containers...
Sunflowers at Rue 27 Maison this week...
Love the look of the yellow sunflower tucked into a napkin at Rue 27 Maison...
Sunflowers mixed with wild flowers...
Gorgeous fields of yellow that can be seen from far away...
The perfect flower for this elegant & rustic setting from Colin Cowie...
Love this country arrangement...
Fields of sunflowers in Tuscany...

Until next time...Cheers!

1 comment:

  1. I just came across your blog and I have to say you have absolutely beautiful photos! Love your eye and look forward to future posts!

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