~By Albert Bigelow Paine~
Rank upon rank the golden sunflowers stand;
Gazing toward the east with eager faces,
Waiting, until their god shall touch the land
To life and glory, longingly they wait,
Those voiceless watchers at the morning's gate.
Dawn's portals tremble silently apart;
Far to the east, across the dewy plain,
A glory kindles that in every heart
Finds answering warmth and kindles there again;
And rapture beams in every radiant face
Now softly glowing with supernal grace.
And all day long that silent worship lasts,
And as their god moves grandly down the west,
And every stem a lengthening shadow casts
Toward the east, ah, they love him best,
And watch till every lingering ray is gone,
Then slowly turn to greet another dawn.
~ William Blake ~
Where the travelers journey is done
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.
A FEW SUNFLOWER FACTS
The scientific name for the Sunflower is Helianthus. It comes from two words, Helios meaning sun, and Anthos, meaning flower. The sunflower "often" follows the sun, and this characteristic is how got its name.
The Sunflower is a good bee plant
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.
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
The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.
The sunflower is the national flower of Russia.
The French word for Sunflower is tournesol, or literally "turn with the sun".
Flower Meaning -
Dwarf Sunflower: Adoration Tall Sunflower: False Riches
Pip Berry Candle rings (used under appetizer plates) and Sunflower button garland: Decorators Friend
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