On July 23rd my parents celebrated their 32nd anniversary.
My mother got flowers from some of dad's friends at the office. They were a mix, but the ones that mom liked the most were the sunflowers. She took them out and put them somewhere else in the house, in a special place for her.
I like sunflowers too, they are such 'happy' flowers, especially in Lima's grey winter.
The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. The stem of the flower can grow as high as 3 metres tall, with the flower head reaching up to 30 cm in diameter with the "large" seeds.
What is usually called the flower is actually a head of lots of florets (small flowers) crowded together. Amazing.
Many indigenous American peoples used the sunflower as the symbol of the sun deity, including the Aztecas (Aztecs) and the Otomi of Mexico, and the Incas in Peru and some other parts of South America.
To grow well, sunflowers need full sun; not exactly the best time for them here...
Too bad I can't plant them in the garden, I wonder how many new beautiful birds they would attract.