There is more to sunflowers than meets the eye.
While they are stunningly beautiful, they are also rich in history and meaning. Sunflowers symbolise adoration, loyalty and longevity. Much of the meaning of sunflowers stems from its namesake, the sun itself, and they have extra special meaning to us all at The Shop.
Artists throughout history have loved the sunflower’s unique splendor—those of the Impressionist era were especially fixated on the flower. Van Gogh's 'The Sunflowers' was the picture that he was most proud of, painted during a rare period of excited optimism, while awaiting the arrival of his hero, the avant-garde painter Paul Gauguin. His series of paintings were of one of over 60 varieties of the flower.
As Spain moves from spring to early summer, fields of Sunflowers dress the landscape across the country, often framed by wild flowers, red poppies and wheat fields.
Today, sunflowers remain a highly recognized flower, admired for its sunny charm and delightful disposition. These beauties are also still sourced for their seeds, as well as oils used for cooking and skin emollients. For a flower that reflects so many of the sun’s positive characteristics, it isn’t surprising that people enjoy basking in the sunflower’s warming glow so much.
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