Be Wild like the Sunflower

 

 Sunflower

SUNFLOWER plant information

Type: Annual
Bloom Season: Summer, Fall
Attracts: Butterflies, Bees
Sun: Sun
Color: Yellow
Soil Type: Humus
Drainage: Well-drained
Moisture: Moist
Height: Tall
Planting Width: 2 ft

 Be Wild like the Sunflower

Sunflower, it's known for the Fibonacci sequence/pattern.

Such an incredibly simple but wild, life sustaining pattern.

Just like the Sunflower trusts the wilderness.

You should trust your Inner strength

Embrace every new thing and learn from it.

There is no better feeling than being the first one to say: "Wow, I just learned so much! By my own!!!"

If you let your life experiences teach you something... You are a wild one.


Naturalist John Burroughs shares his thoughts on an unusual sighting of a wild Sunflower from his writings in the early 20th century

"One of the most remarkable exhibitions of plant force I ever saw was in a Western city where I observed a species of wild sunflower forcing its way up through the asphalt pavement; the folded and compressed leaves of the plant, like a man’s fist, had pushed against the hard but flexible concrete till it had bulged up and then split, and let the irrepressible plant through.  The force exerted must have been many pounds.  I think it doubtful if the strongest man could have pushed his fist through such a resisting medium.  If it was not life which exerted this force, what was it?  Life activities are a kind of explosion, and the slow continued explosions of this growing plant rent the pavement as surely as powder would have done.  It is doubtful if any cultivated plant could have overcome such odds.  It required the force of the untamed hairy plant of the plains to accomplish this feat."

 

 

 

SUNFLOWER

 Sunflower, one you will devour, oo oo oo oo oo

I wanna sunflower, oo oo oo oo oo

 Sunflower are yummy for their tummy, im talkin pollinators

who are naturals at pollination,

of plants like the sunflower and all it's generations

And the best part is pollinators such as birds, butterflies and bees

only need, very small treats, Yummy nectar!                                                             

Sunflower, one you will devour, oo oo oo oo oo

I wanna sunflower, oo oo oo oo oo

Pollination is propagation, let me explain.

Pollinators carry pollen from one flower to another like the

 Sunflower, one you will devour, oo oo oo oo oo

I wanna sunflower, oo oo oo oo oo

Now pollinated plants can propagate,

because pollinators pollinate.

Which means we get food to eat, and sunflower seeds,

why, pollination is such a good deed.

 Sunflower, one you will devour, oo oo oo oo oo

I wanna sunflower, oo oo oo oo oo

It's an annual that's native to US,

it blooms in the summer, ohohoho yes!

An annual plant will last for a year,

oh my! this fact, brings me to tears.

But knowing all that

They wear a cape, to spray

It 'keeps our garden safe', they say

But it kills the pollinators and makes us sick,

I hope it doesn't end like Moby Dick

No pollinators means no food, but even worse no

Sunflower, one you cannot devour, oo oo oo oo oo

I wanna sunflower, oo oo oo oo oo

Of course it likes the sun, give it some moist soil honeybun

If you compare this plant to Michael Jordan,

it can shoot up and up through the roof,

which means this plant can grow tall,

So MJ won't win at all.

It is a yellow flowered plant that attracts butterflies and bees,

and to be honest, we should take care of it with ease.

Sunflower, one you will devour, oo oo oo oo oo

I wanna sunflower, oo oo oo oo oo

So go and plant a nice sunflower and help the planet and pollinators by not spraying chemicals and killing these propagators

 Sunflower, one you will devour, oo oo oo oo oo

I wanna sunflower, oo oo oo oo oo

Yours truly Buzz Buddy :)

 

  What we can learn from the Sunflower

The earliest record of this amazing flower was identified by European explorer Champlain, who found the Native American Huron tribe, using its stalk as fibers to create cloth. They were using the flowers for dyes, leaves for fodder and seeds for food and hair oil.

In the 19th century it was a never a garden flower for beauty, rather it's place was where it rightfully belonged, in the kitchen garden!

It is the national flower of Peru and the state flower of Kansas. Do you know the the national flower of the United States of America? - Roses

Here is a list of national flowers for each state (Click Here) . It makes a great STEM lesson for a young ecologist to learn about their environment or make a fun memory game that they can develop using cards or a programming language like SCRATCH.

If you want children to see mathematics in Nature, here is a great resource from the National Museum of Mathematics to teach themhow to count the Fibonacii numbers of a Sunflower - CLICK HERE

Sunflower is such a giver 

It's a great snack not just for humans but also chicken, hogs and cows that produce milk. It's super high in protein and low in calories, making it a good nut milk/butter or power snack.

When it's stalk is burnt, potash serves as a great fertilizer.

Cold pressed seeds serve as a versatile cooking oil.

Some countries like Russia and Hungary use the roasted seeds like a brew similar to coffee. 

It's a fantastic food for bees giving it nectar and material to make its hive, not to mention the birds can spot them easily because of it's height. 

Jerusalem Artichoke - Wikipedia Jerusalem Artichoke Tubers Wikipedia

Helianthus Tuberosus well known as the Jerusalem artichoke (Images from Wikipedia) is the least known sunflower in USA.  Wasps seem to love to dig into these tubers!

A cool fact is that, In 1987, one of Van Gogh painting of Sunflowers sold for greater than $39 million dollars!

Enjoy admiring and planting the sunflowers in your garden and perhaps once in a while you can give it a little pat and thank it for all the great work it does for humanity!

Here is a Native American Iroquois Creation Folktale

Many ancient tribes believe the Sunflower to be a manifestation of the Sun god on Earth.

"Long before the world was created there was an island, floating in the sky, upon which the Sky People lived. They lived quietly and happily. No one ever died or was born or experienced sadness. However one day one of the Sky Women realized she was going to give birth to twins. She told her husband, who flew into a rage. In the center of the island there was a tree which gave light to the entire island since the sun hadn't been created yet. He tore up this tree, creating a huge hole in the middle of the island. Curiously, the woman peered into the hole. Far below she could see the waters that covered the earth. At that moment her husband pushed her. She fell through the hole, tumbling towards the waters below.

Water animals already existed on the earth, so far below the floating island two birds saw the Sky Woman fall. Just before she reached the waters they caught her on their backs and brought her to the other animals. Determined to help the woman they dove into the water to get mud from the bottom of the seas. One after another the animals tried and failed. Finally, Little Toad tried and when he reappeared his mouth was full of mud. The animals took it and spread it on the back of Big Turtle. The mud began to grow and grow and grow until it became the size of North America.

Then the woman stepped onto the land. She sprinkled dust into the air and created stars. Then she created the moon and sun.

The Sky Woman gave birth to twin sons. She named one Sapling. He grew to be kind and gentle. She named the other Flint and his heart was as cold as his name. They grew quickly and began filling the earth with their creations.

Sapling created what is good. He made animals that are useful to humans. He made rivers that went two ways and into these he put fish without bones. He made plants that people could eat easily. If he was able to do all the work himself there would be no suffering.

Flint destroyed much of Sapling's work and created all that is bad. He made the rivers flow only in one direction. He put bones in fish and thorns on berry bushes. He created winter, but Sapling gave it life so that it could move to give way to Spring. He created monsters which his brother drove beneath the Earth.

Eventually Sapling and Flint decided to fight till one conquered the other. Neither was able to win at first, but finally Flint was beaten. Because he was a god Flint could not die, so he was forced to live on Big Turtle's back. Occasionally his anger is felt in the form of a volcano.

The Iroquois people hold a great respect for all animals. This is mirrored in their creation myth by the role the animals play. Without the animals' help the Sky Woman may have sunk to the bottom of the sea and earth may not have been created."

Source: https://www.cs.williams.edu/~lindsey/myths/myths.html

 

Best!

Uma & Buzz Buddy

 

 

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