Gifts of radiant warmth, sunflowers are the happiest of flowers, and they symbolize loyalty and longevity.
Much of the meaning of sunflowers stems from its namesake, the sun itself. Wild sunflowers are often photographed with their tall stalks and bright petals stretched towards the sun. This unique behavior, known as phototropism, is a motif that has appeared in many ancient myths and is viewed as a symbol of loyalty and constancy. Their physical resemblance to the sun has also influenced their meanings. The sunflower’s petals have been likened to bright yellow rays of sunshine, which evoke feelings of warmth and happiness. In addition, the sunflower is often associated with adoration and longevity.
This week, I need to be a sunflower with my petals open to the sun and Kansas wind at my back.
I planted a dozen seeds, tossed them without care into pots and empty plots. I have yet to see a standard yellow one, but am completely enthralled by this crimson-blood beauty who greets me every morning.
Her dark petals wanted to hide from the lens, but I finally found sunlit ways to capture her face.