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The Stunning Sunflower

Updated on September 6, 2016
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Van Gogh's Six Sunflowers

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Van Gogh's Sunflower Posters and Sunflower Gifts

Sunflowers make me happy. I think they are amazing, their color is uplifting and the giants ones make me quite breathless. They are so full of joy and sunshine!

I was to hear that a photograph of Van Gogh's painting of Six Sunflowers was found, which shows for the first time how Van Gogh actually wanted his paintings to be displayed. That really made me smile, and I have written this article in celebration. Here's a link to BBC Article.

Here you will discover some very interesting facts about sunflowers, and some really nice things with sunflowers on them. They make lovely gifts. After all who doesn't love them. I hope you enjoy your visit.

It was destroyed in Japan in 1945! A photograph has been found of it. Incredible!



Posters of Van Gogh Sunflowers

Posters are a really great way of decorating any room, and they are not expensive. I have picked out a couple of my favorites, but if you click one you'll be taken to Amazon.com where there are other beauties.

This beautiful poster is unframed but comes with hangers that work well. It will brighten up any room. It comes in a smaller size too. 10 out of 11 people give this a 4/5 rating.


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Some Facts About Van Gogh and his Beautiful Sunflowers

Friendship and Gratitude

  • Van Gogh wanted to share a studio with Gaugin and he said "Now that I hope to live with Gauguin in a studio of our own, I want to make decorations for the studio. Nothing but big flowers"
  • One of his sunflower paintings was made in order to decorate Gaugin's bedroom - sunflowers were a sign of friendship and gratitude.
  • below is s a quote from a letter he wrote to his brother Theo, supported him through very harsh times.


"It is a kind of painting that rather changes in character, and takes on a richness the longer you look at it. Besides, you know, Gauguin likes them extraordinarily. He said to me among other things - 'That...it's...the flower.' You know that the peony is Jeannin's, the hollyhock belongs to Quost, but the sunflower is somewhat my own."

  • the use of the color yellow spectrum was possible because of newly invented pigments.
  • Van Gogh died in poverty at the very early age of 37, it is thought that he shot himself. His work was not known by many, and those who did see it did not appreciate it!
  • how things have changed! In 1987 Van Gogh's Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers sold at auction in Christie's, London for the equivalent of US $39,921,750!

I have a copy decorating my bedroom too! Sunflowers make great presents because they express friendship and gratitude.


Van Gogh: The Life
Van Gogh: The Life

This book has some excellent reviews. It is very well written and illustrated. 105 out of a possible 126 people give this book 4 or 5 star Amazon rating.

If you are looking for another title, just click on this one and you'll be taken directly to Amazon.com

 

My Wedding Flowers

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100% Luxurious Charmeuse Silk Long Scarf-Van Gogh's "Vase With Fifteen Sunflowers"
100% Luxurious Charmeuse Silk Long Scarf-Van Gogh's "Vase With Fifteen Sunflowers"

I have picked this scarf out because I love its length, but there are other designs too. Just click on the image to get to Amazon.com

 

Who gets married at 9.30 am on Monday morning? Nobody right? Well, no - I did!

I admit it is a very unusual day and time but it was the only slot left in May, and we'd left booking the registry office way too late! We didn't want to wait so we just booked it and went ahead.

I had a wonderful day with a few very close friends. I received a beautiful gift in the mail in the morning: the flowers in the picture above, a bottle of Champaign, and handmade chocolates.

They were from my best friend who couldn't make it because he had to be at work. You can see he chose sunflowers for me!

How to Make a Lovely Centerpiece - Sunflowers and Orange Alstroemeria

I love this - especially the grid she makes with simple tape. Easy!

Smile! - A beautiful sunflower Van Gogh style

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Roasted Sunflower Seeds

When the seeds start to turn brown and the beautiful flower head begins to droop they are ready to be harvested. Cut the flowers ( leaving about 2 inches on the stem) and hang them upside down until they are dry.

Recipe

  • All you do is cut the flowers ( leave about 2 inch on the stem) and hang them upside down until they are dry.
  • Remove the seeds from the head, they come off quite easily
  • soak them in salty water for 12 hours.
  • drain and put in the oven on a baking tray. Roast in a low heat (200– 250 degrees F) until SLIGHTLY brown.

Yummy and extremely nutritious.


Sunflowers Have Lovely Names

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Just the name 'sunflower' is beautiful don't you think!

With names like Mammoth, Sunbeam, Autumn Beauty, and Teddy Bear, how could you not want to grow a sunflower!

Here’s some info about each of these:

  • The Mammoth is a real giant - so not for a pot. These are the ones with huge golden flowers and are dark brown in the middle. Keep the seeds because you can eat them.
  • Autumn Beauty makes large flowers, they are very beautiful the ones that have Autumn colours, reds and rusts, bronze and mahogany. These can grow very tall. They’re FANTASTIC! And they do make me smile.
  • Sunbeam is smaller but they’re really yellow, even the center. They seriously make you smile! Great for adding to a bunch of flowers – cutting and giving as a gift.
  • Teddy Bear, just as it sounds, small and cuddly. Only grow up to 3 feet tall. Great. How sweet!


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How to Grow Sunflowers

I always grow as many sunflowers as possible, especially when I move to a new home.

I have never been able to afford a house with a beautifully made garden, the front or back, my husband and I have had to work very hard to turn them into what anyone would describe as beautiful!

So, the first thing we do when we arrive is plant sunflowers because they are dramatic and very easy to grow. We are known as the sunflower house around here. And guess what, people have started copying us! Isn't that fabulous!

How to plant a seed:

  • Loosen the soil making, dig 1 inch deep holes, 18 inches apart, depending on the variety (the packet will tell you). Place a few seeds in each hole and cover with soil.
  • Next cover with an organic fertilizer, this will encourage the stalks to grow longer, and if you want to you can add a few inches of mulch to keep the soil well drained. I don’t do this, and I’ve never had a problem.
  • Water after planting.
  • If it’s hot water them every other day. You may need to stake them when they start to get tall. If they get mildew spray them with a fungicide.

Easy!



Little Weed - Bill and Ben and Watch with mother 1953

This takes me back. I used to watch Bill & Ben when I was little. I love the prettiest sunflower of all, she is called Little Weed. Perhaps this is where my love for sunflowers comes from.

Just listen to the beautiful English the story teller speaks. What a perfectly splendid accent she has! I just love it hahahaha. Not many people speak like her any more in England. Shame really.

Cut Flowers for Your Home

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Sunflowers really do brighten up a room

The Right Time To Cut

If you want to bring the flowers indoors and put them in a vase, cut the stalk at an angle the day before the flower is fully open.

It's a bit heart breaking, but they do look wonderful in a vase and they last a very long tiem, or you could give them to someone special as a gift.


A Beautiful Fresh Mixed Bouquet on Amazon.com - What a gorgeous gift for someone special

These are so beautiful. Amazon customers were delighted with the large array of flowers including sunflowers of course! There is a non vase option. They are shipped, they arrive quickly, but packed in a box.

I have picked this bouquet out for obvious smiley reasons! But if you click on it you will be taken to Amazon where they have many other flowers to choose from.

Sunflowers are the best flowers in the world - They certainly make me smile.

Do you agree with me?

Yes they are

Yes they are

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    • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @trevorjb1406: Thank you so much for your visit. I'm so glad that I have managed to bring some cheer to your day.

    • trevorjb1406 3 years ago

      They are very cheering flowers, such vibrant colours!

    • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Jerzimom: I'm so pleased! Can't wait till summer.

    • Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      There my favorite!

    • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @aminebombom: Yes they do you're quite right.

    • Amine 3 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      sure they are they always makes talky dolls about them bright and smily

    • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Lynda Makara: Yay! Thanks for your visit and your comment.

    • Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      Love them. They're magnificent!

    • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @ChocolateLily: I think a lot of people take Sunflowers for granted because they are so dramatic! But I think they deserve a lot of loving care and I salute them for cheering me up every summer!

    • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @ChocolateLily: Me too but sunflowers really do it in style! Thanks for your comment.

    • ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      I do love sunflowers! And most other flowers!

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      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

        @GrammieOlivia: They are very addictive and totally reliable -they just grow up strong each year! That's another reason why I love them so dearly.

      • GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

        There is no way that I could pick just one flower and call it the "ONE", having said that, my garden is not complete without at least 5 or 6 of these giant beauties.......

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

        @Merrci: I know it's very difficult to choose favourite flowers, and I love tulips too. But I like the Sunflowers because they are so huge and they have faces! They really are like the sun.

      • Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

        Really didn't want to pick a side here! They are spectacular! I love seeing them in a field with all their faces looking at the sun. Nevertheless it often seems that all flowers are the best ones! Think of the tulip!

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

        @Zeross4: Isn't that extraordinary - daisies are my second favorite!! Lol We must be soul sisters! Thanks very much for your visit and comment.

      • Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

        Well, I'm a bit partial to daisies but sunflowers are my second favorite ;) When I got my first apartment I decorated the kitchen in a sunflowers!

      • mel-kav 3 years ago

        Sunflowers ARE beautiful and they do make me smile. But there are so many other beautiful flowers that make me smile. I can't pick just one.

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

        @RoSelou: I honestly can say that they make me smile in a way that other flowers don't. Roses are romantic, lilies are sad, but sunflowers fill me with joy. I agree that all flowers are beautiful. Thanks for your message.

      • RoSelou 3 years ago

        Sunflower makes the day a little brighter, but I can't say its the best since each flower is unique and beautiful.

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

        @MarathonRunning: Do you know what.... I totally agree with you, however roses dot make me smile, they make me melt! Thanks for your thoughts.

      • Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

        I love sunflowers, they bright color and their magnificent look but I do think that they are not the best flowers in the world. For exp roses are pretty amazing too. Their colors are so nice, playful and their smells fantastic.

      Do you love Van Gogh's sunflowers? I'm mad about them!

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @GrammieOlivia: Thank you so much.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @SteveKaye: Yes that's true - but do they all make you smile? I don't think so!!! Sunflowers sometimes make me laugh - the giants are so awesome!! Thanks for your visit.

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          GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

          Yes, they are very pretty.........congrats on the purple star!

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          SteveKaye 3 years ago

          Every flower is the best flower in the world. Just ask them and they'll tell you.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @fullofshoes: Thank you so much.

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          fullofshoes 3 years ago

          congrats on your Purple Star!!

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @ecogranny: Grace that is so lovely to hear. I really enjoyed making that lens. It was a response to a quest. I do love Squidoo. So now we should keep smiling while we wait for the summer and the real sunflowers to appear.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @smine27: I'm so pleased! I'm getting such happy comments on this page. :)

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @flycatcherrr: Thank you so much - I was very happy to receive them on my wedding morning.

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          Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

          You've combined two of my favorite things, which in a way were already married to each other, Vincent Van Gogh's paintings and the cheery sunflower. You've done a lovely job. I feel happier, am sitting up straighter, and have a smile on my face. Not that I felt bad before coming here, but I am aware of the changes. Thank you.

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          flycatcherrr 3 years ago

          I do love Van Gogh's sunflowers, but your wedding flowers are even more beautiful.

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          Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

          What is it about sunflowers that make me so happy? It just puts a smile on my face.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @Merrci: Thnaks you Merry - I'm so glad they made you smile. It's a lovely sunny day here in London, an I've just come back from my hour long walk -could have walked all day today! Can't wait for the sunflowers!

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          Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

          They are beautiful! Your wedding flowers win I think! Lovely and cheerful flowers and lens! It makes me smile!

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @aminebombom: I know what you mean about fields of sunflowers. When I was young I used to go to my aunties in Spain and they had the same there, really tall beautiful ones all leaning over under their weight. That's probably where my love of them started. Thanks for the memories and for your visit.

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          Amine 3 years ago from Doha, Qatar

          van gogh`s sunflower are really nice, i still remember when i was a youngster i went to my granpa`s farm and ive seen this big farm all of sunflowers, you made me think of this it was back in 1994 maybe 1995. well done

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @Zeross4: It is certainly a wonderful painting. I agree with you. I was so moved when I saw his incredible paintings up close in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. I actually cried because I was in the presence of the work of a genius - I felt his pain and anguish in every stroke of his brush! Poor man what a very difficult time he had of it all. Let's just say: We love Vincent in salute!!

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          Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

          That is actually my favorite painting by Van Gogh, who is one of my favorite artists. Really enjoyed this, thanks!

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

            @favored: I loved them! Thanks for your visit.

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            Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

            Sunflowers were a great choice for your wedding. Congratulations.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @GrammieOlivia: That's very true. Thanks for your visit I'm glad you liked the lens because it was a response to a quest about what makes me smile.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @SteveKaye: Thank you Steve. Of course they do - I forgot to mention that birds love to swoop down and eat the seeds!

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            GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

            Lovely! A burst of sunshine first thing in the morning.......

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            SteveKaye 3 years ago

            Great lens. And . . . Sunflowers attract birds. They really like the seeds.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @trevorjb1406: They certainly are. Thanks for your visit.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @flycatcherrr: Thanks very much. I can't wait to see them in the summer.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @ecogranny: Thank you so much.

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            Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

            Absolutely peaceful and delightful. Thank you again.

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            flycatcherrr 3 years ago

            Gorgeous - so happy and sunny!

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            trevorjb1406 3 years ago

            Lovely page. These flowers are so vibrant!

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @Lynda Makara: They are so beautiful aren't they.

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            Jacone 3 years ago

            Sunflowers certainly are beautiful, the bigger the better. I can see how passionate you are about them from this great Lens!

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            Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

            I enjoyed all the beautiful pictures.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @Jacone: I can't wait for summer! It's so windy here in the south of England. The sea is beating down all the coast line. No snow but pretty grim. Thanks for your visit. I'm glad I made this lens it always cheers me up when I think of it.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @Zeross4: Can we really choose between flowers! I don't think that's possible. I can't even think of one I don't like :)

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            Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

            Wonderful Lens, beautiful pictures, and very well put together. I just love all flowers. My favorite is daisies, then sunflowers, then daffodils!

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @mel-kav: Thank you.

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            mel-kav 3 years ago

            Wonderful, happy lens. Beautiful pictures!

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @socialcx1: Thanks for calling by. Glad you liked it. I couldn't resist those photos!

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            socialcx1 3 years ago

            Great lens, I love sunflowers and also enjoy roasted sunflower seeds.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @Elsie Hagley: I absolutely agree with you. Thanks for your uplifting comment.

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            Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

            Lovely pictures. Sunflowers are a beautiful flower, just like the sun nice and bright giving you the happy day feeling and if that doesn't make you smile well, there must be something else you can smile about. Don't you agree with me?

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            anonymous 3 years ago

            Great Lens! Those picture and all that bright yellow and orange colors are brightening everything up.Sunflowers are great flowers and Van Gogh a very special painter so, this is a great topic to write and think about.Thank you!

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @anonymous: You lucky thing -you sure it's not a real painting? :0) Thanks for leaving a comment.

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            anonymous 3 years ago

            I actually inherited a van Gogh Sunflowers print from my grandmother-in-law. I don't think anyone else recognized it. I love sunflowers! My father-in-law has some planted in his yard right now.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @SusanDeppner: Thanks for leaving a comment. I'm glad I made you smile.

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            Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

            I love sunflowers, too, and Van Gogh's art. They definitely make me smile!

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