Sunflowers, flower of the month in Metro Vancouver by Adele Rae Florists
As the last weeks of August give way to the arrival of September in the beautiful province of British Columbia, a mesmerizing transformation unfolds across the landscape. A vibrant feast of yellow, orange, and even reddish hues emerges as sunflower fields burst into full bloom, heralding the imminent arrival of fall. These magnificent sunflowers, with their colossal blooms measuring up to an astonishing 30 centimeters in diameter, are a testament to the beauty of nature and the dedication of local growers. Most of the sunflowers in Canada are grown in Manitoba, however there is an important number of local growers in the province of British Columbia in Canada.
A Botanical Extravaganza
The sunflower's arrival in British Columbia during late August and September paints the province with a breathtaking palette of colors. Fields adorned with these radiant blooms create an unforgettable tapestry of nature's beauty. British Columbia's sunflowers, with their varied shades of yellow, orange, and even reddish tones, offer a sensory delight, enchanting both locals and visitors alike. There is the sunflower festival in the Agassiz, BC that starts the first week of September, and also there's a very important sunflower festival that runs in Richmond, B.C. during the month of September.
A Rich Indigenous Legacy
The story of sunflowers is deeply rooted in Indigenous history, dating back over 3,000 years. Native American tribes such as the Osage, Pawnee, and Hopi were among the first to cultivate these magnificent blooms. To them, sunflowers were more than just a source of beauty; they held profound utility. These Indigenous peoples utilized sunflowers for a range of purposes, including food, oil extraction, dyes, and even medicinal remedies.
Sunflowers on the Plate
Beyond their aesthetic appeal, sunflowers offer a rich culinary tradition. Sunflower seeds are a popular snack worldwide, known for their health benefits, some people like the seeds salty, others raw, and even toasted. They are a source of healthy fats, protein, and essential nutrients. Sunflower oil, derived from the seeds, is a versatile cooking oil and an essential ingredient in cuisines worldwide, there's a debate about the health benefits or not of this oil. This connection between sunflowers and cuisine has allowed their cultural significance to transcend boundaries.
A Symbol of Meaning
Sunflowers are not only visually captivating but also carry deep symbolism. Their name, "sunflower," comes from the Greek words "helios" (sun) and "anthos" (flower), a nod to their remarkable ability to follow the sun throughout the day. This phenomenon, called heliotropism, symbolizes loyalty, adoration, and unwavering faith. In British Columbia, as summer gives way to fall, sunflowers serve as a reminder to embrace the fleeting warmth and beauty of the season.
In the floral design industry, sunflowers are a very popular bloom we use in our flower bouquets and arrangements, specially in the fall season. It's a very convenient flower to use in floral design, as in these month's is a very common flowers, the price tends to be cheap, so it give us the opportunity to offer very large and beautiful flower bouquets in a reasonable price. The sunflowers are very popular for Birthday floral gifts, Get well occasions, and even for designing wedding flower bouquet and arrangements.
At Adele Rae Florist, your local flower shop in Burnaby, BC, we delivery to your doorstep beautiful sunflower bouquets and floral arrangements. As we always support our local growers, we only sell sunflowers during the month's of September and October, these are the month's when you will find the finest and freshest blooms in Metro Vancouver. A a local florist in Vancouver, BC we offer same-day delivery all across the Lower Mainland.
Check our website for our Birthday flower collection made with local sunflowers