Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy Helianthus

The pretty yellow flower in yesterday's post is gazania linearis which is a sun and drought loving species of the daisy family originally from South Africa.  
It also goes by the name Treasure Gold.

Helianthus is the genus of the very cheerful sunflower.
Helios is Greek for sun and anthus is flower.
These are some of the first sunflowers I've seen on my neighborhood walks.
On November 14th, I planted sunflower seeds from a packet that I bought at a farmer's market in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago.
I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them sprout, shed their outer shells and grow over the past couple of months.
And now they are forming buds so I am eagerly awaiting the unfurling.
I remembered a crochet project from some time back that resembles a sunflower so dug it out and decided to add it to some yarnbombing crochet.
So that even after the real sunflowers are gone, we'll have a little crocheted version to bring a little cheer.

Happy Tuesday!


Angie said...

Oh, the glories of nature ... to think those furry leaves were hiding inside that seed the whole time! I admire you for taking periodic pictures and holding on to them for a couple of months - I would have been tempted to show them as they went along - your approach is much more effective. Can't wait to see the blooms when they emerge!!! And as usual, your crochet project is the bomb!!

kathyinozarks said...

Oh I enjoyed your post-made me smile I love sunflowers the photos were awesome too Enjoy your day Kathy

crafty cat corner said...

Lovely post Tammy, I like the one with the bees feeding, beautiful.

baili said...

wow flower that can faces tough times courageously !

beautiful flower and loved the sun flower so much ,withing few next months my front yard garden will be filled with them by the grace of God hopefully :)

linda said...

That flower is beautiful, I'm also a great fan of sunflowers they are such a cheerful flower and put a smile on my face. I love the crochet sunflower square it's so pretty. :) xx

Tanna said...

love. love. love. sunflowers. and, i love that your crochet sunflower will become a part of a yarn bomb! shine on. blessings ~ tanna

Linda said...

Beautiful! I love sunflowers. I'll be planting mine around the end of April/beginning of May. Still have the tree-like stumps from last year's sunflowers in the yard that I'll need to burn when the weather clears up/dries up. For now, they provide perches for the birds.

Sherry said...

I have always loved sunflowers. I have not grown any in my neglected garden for some time. Maybe we will plant some this spring. I love your crochet work, I did a bit of crochet recently, it was so relaxing and fun.

hula-la said...

Oh those sunflowers are a sight for "cold eyes". And I love your crochet project! Very nice!

Catherine said...

That is a beautiful collection of photos of the sunflower growing. They are such a beautiful and happy flower. Here in Australia there are a few farms that grow them and you can visit and take photos with them. I am thinking we may have to visit them soon:)

Rostrose said...

Dearest Tammy, I love sunflowers and their relatives. It's so pretty to watch them grow. And to see the bees on it. Wonderful nature! And you crocheted a lovely sunflower! In my opinion, your current and your previous posting fit very well to ANL. Would you like to participate in the new linkup from 15 January?
I hope you started well in 2018! Thank you for your good wishes!
XOX Traude

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Yes, Sunflowers have always captivated humans.
Vincent van Gogh painted them and they probably can compete with the rose for being most photographed!
Lovely photos and you got lucky for having those seeds still germinate after a couple of years.
The dark and rich soil in your photo looks finger licking good to me; wish we had anything like that here in Georgia instead of the poor red clay with no water holding capacity.
Love these posts, so happy and we all need that in winter time.

Quinn said...

I love the picture of the bed, especially :)
Sunflowers are on my list for Gardens 2018 - just have to figure out where they will get enough sun at my place!

Kit said...

Oh I love sunflowers! So pretty. I really need to plant some this year. Nice yarn work too! :) Kit

Susan said...

So very lovely, Tammy, both the living ones and the crocheted version. Great job. Susan

SusanLotus said...

Imagine that you can get so old seeds to bloom!
Lovely photos.
The yellow colour makes us happy I believe.

September Violets said...

Beautiful yellow flowers! I love sunflowers, but even though I grow them each year, in the end either the chipmunks or squirrels destroy the flower head before any seeds before they are evn ripe. I have to have a talking to those little critters.

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Love! I seriously cannot tell you how much your flowers mean this time of year! and that adorable sunflower made from crochet? <3

Mrs. Micawber said...

Oh I loved this post! Flower names are always fascinating and of course the flowers themselves are beautiful.

Plus it's cold and snowy here and the ground is frozen hard, so it's a treat to see the miracle of sprouting and growth taking place where you are. Thanks for these photos. :)

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Love your post. I love seeing plants grow from seed. It's a beautiful process. I can see why the yellow flower is called Treasure Gold. I wonder if I can find it here in California. I think it will do well here too.


Createology said...

I absolutely adore Sunflowers and your little sprouts are precious. It seems so early for Sunflowers to be sprouting. We have hem here in late summer or fall. Sweet crocheted Sunflower...<3

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