Saturday, October 16, 2010
The French name for Sunflowers is "Tournesol" which means "Turn to the Sun"...Sunflowers always turn their faces to the sun. During the day they bend and twist in order to be in alilgnment at all times and at night they unbend and untwist. There are 33 varieties and they grow to heights between 5-10 feet.
This beautiful flower has inspired many including Vincent Van Gogh who was well known for his beautiful sunflower paintings. He began painting sunflowers after he left Holland for France in pursuit of creating an artistic community (his first works were created to decorate his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin's bedroom.)