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)
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.