To celebrate we watched (most of) a Robin Williams movie at home, until thunderstorms kept bringing the internet down.We're saving a getaway celebration until Sept. (You were so right, Doris; we'll be in Lititz for a few days and will be in contact.)
FYI: The sunflower is native to North America and its name derives from the Greek helios or sun and anthos or flower. Sunflowers turn their faces toward the sun as they track it across the sky, an activity called heliotropism or solar tracking. Special motor cells at the bases of the flower buds shrink or enlarge as they absorb water, which moves their faces toward the sun. Many other flowers track the sun this same way.
Sunflowers depend on pollinators like bees and butterflies to propagate. That's the reason they turn their faces toward the sun. The flowers usually showcase bright yellow petals surrounding large flower heads which makes it easy for pollinators to land on the sunflower faces; they too need more than just a large landing zone and also crave warmth.
As of 1903, the sunflower is the official flower of the state of Kansas which is known as the Sunflower State. Argentina and Russia grow the most sunflowers.
True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time. (Marie Williams Johnstone)
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. It’s what Sunflowers do.(Helen Keller)