This time of the year when the heat and humidity are wearing me down, making me feel like I could just collapse on the spot into a bedraggled mess, there are some quintessential elements of Summer that help to remind me that this time of the year does indeed have its merits. Sunflowers are one of those shining beacons of hope and joy at a time when we all need a little lift.
Usually standing quite tall in stature with its large, round flower head opened wide like a sun motif. These absolutely remarkable plants feature heads consisting of 1,000-2,000 individual flowers joined together by a receptacle base. Long a source of food for both its seeds and oil, the sunflower plant (helianthus annuus) is also a truly spectacular decorative bloom to add to any floral arrangement. I myself prefer to grab a handful from a local farmers market this time of the year and simply let them hog the spotlight alone in a vase. I guarantee you they will bring cheer to any room.
And so, in need of a little cheer myself, I took to Etsy in search of sunflower joy. What follows are some hand-picked (ouch!) items that I thought captured the singular beauty of this warm weather wonder. Be sure to check out the larger images and links to the seller’s shops after the jump.
Sunflower Photograph by Sixth and Main
Helios (Original Etching of a Sunflower) by Stephanie Martin
Sunflower Letterpress Card by Paper Dragonfly
Sunflowers Moleskine by Shoofly
Large Sunflower Hand Carved Stamps by Green Garden Stamps
Unisex Sunflower Tee Shirt by Naturwrk
Vintage Sunflower Print by Decelerate
Carved Mini Celedon Sunflower Bowl by Clayforms
Western Meadowlark & Sunflower Print by Dutch Door
Hand Painted Sunflower Mugs by Artisvast