VARious Things

May 6, 2010

May Flowers: Sun Thirst

photo by me

So the month of May has begun. Together with a month long flower festival coordinated by artist Roxana Villa. Huge thanks to her for the invitation to participate! You can follow all the entries by various artists from the whole world here, at the Illuminated Perfume Journal.

Sunflowers... Maybe it is not the right flower for May. Maybe. Anyway, I've chosen it. Why? The main reason is this cold spring in Lithuania. Just too much rain, too many cloudy days, too much piercing wind and too little sunshine. Any person can feel thirsty for sun and warmth… And sunflower is the one that over the course of the day follow the sun from East to West.

So - sunflowers.... Some information about them:
"Sunflower plants are of the genus Helianthus, of the family Asteraceae, and are native to North and South America. They are an annual plant with availability year round, but the peak period of enjoyment is from June to October. The blossom is actually a composite of multiple flowers crowded together, with “ray florets” forming the outer petals that surround a large brown or yellow disc. Their thick, leafy and hairy stems often grow more than 4 feet in height, although dwarf varieties are available for ornamental gardens." (found here)

This flower is often used as a symbol of green ideology, as well it is the simbol of Vegan Society. This flower was the subject for many paintings, including one of the most famous still life paitings of Van Gogh.

It is said that sunflowers are the happiest of flowers, that they have the ability to provide energy in fhe form of nourishment and vibrance. It is bright, it is cheery, it is warm, it is just like a small sun and its petals are lilke bright yellow rays of sunshine, which evoke feelings of warmth and happiness.

So it is not surprising that people enjoy this flower - as a gift or as a source of inspiration. It sends us cheerfulness and sunny thoughts.

Just have a look and enjoy what forms of art can be expressed using this beautiful flower...
 Sunflower earrings by bunnylogic
Sunny felted slippers for a small child by me

 Sunflowers Field reprint by rebeccascreations
Handmade satin flowers for crafting by JujaCrafts

Sunflower inspired bolero by bonzie
 Sunflower pendant by donart

Sunflower fimo ring by fanoulala
Sunny contrast earrings by me


  1. Sunflower- one of my favorite flower! Great article, Vaida. Gorgeous pictures! Everything is just wonderful! Thanks so much for featuring my flower appliques here in your nice and cozy blog :)

  2. Sunflowers are a warm welcome in summer and are much needed food for wild birds in the winter, what a great flower. Thanks for featuring my Sunflower Pendant with a mirror. Your blog is so beautiful.

  3. Great post with fabulous pictures!

  4. Very nice, and those sunflower slippers are adorable! Thank you for brightening our day.

  5. Thanks to all for your comments! It was really fun to search for those beautiful sunny items!

  6. Oh my, how beautiful! I think sunflowers are an extremely significant flower, for all of us. And they are like a piece of sunshine growing on a stem. They really do lift my mood, just by looking at them.

    I so enjoyed this wonderful post, thank you!