Gregg had to do quite a bit of work this weekend, so we didn't go too far. The nice thing about his job is that he can stay at home, unless he has to see clients. Last week he had to go into Washington DC for most of the week, but because this was the weekend he sat in front of his computer and I kept myself well occupied with other things. I am trying to clear out my old craft room because we will soon be having house guests and I need to make one more room ready so that they won't be walking over a big pile of boxes. We've used it for a storage room for more years than I would like to admit, and it's time to bring it back to its former glory. Twenty years of living in this house it is amazing how much space you start running out of, and we are at the point now where we need to start turfing things out.
While taking a break we went to lunch at Macaroni Grill. It's been a while since we were there last and we had a real nice time, a nice friendly waiter who gave us great service, and good food. Outside we noticed that they had planted a couple of dozen sunflowers. They were a little past their prime but were still beautiful. I wish there was a nice bright blue sky behind them for you but the sky was a dull grey all weekend. The weather has gotten considerably cooler too. Personally I am loving it.
A few facts about Sunflowers.
Did you ever wonder how sunflowers got their scientific name Helianthus? It comes from two words, Helios, meaning sun and Anthos, meaning flower. The sunflower often follows the sun, and this characteristic is how it got its name.
The sunflower is a good bee plant, sometimes it's hard to get a picture without a bee on them, but that's okay because I love the little guys. They are welcome in my photos any time.
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. Let's not forget those seeds which are delicious for munching on.
The sunflower is a native to Central America. It is said that it was first domesticated in Mesoamerica, present day Mexico, by at least 2600 BC.
Many indigenous American peoples used the sunflower as the symbol of their solar deity, including the Aztecs and the Otomi of Mexico, and the Incas in South America.
The sunflower is not one flower but a cluster of more than 2,000 tiny flowers growing together. Go take a closer look next time you come face to face with one.
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. There was one that grew in the Netherlands that was measured at 25 feet tall.
The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.
The sunflower is the national flower of Russia.
The French word for sunflowers is 'tournesol', translation 'turn with the sun'. In Spain and Italy it is called 'Girasol', and in Germany, 'Sonnenblume'.
The meaning for a dwarf sunflower is 'adoration'. A tall sunflower means 'false riches'.
You can get lots more information about them here.