I AM IN LOVE!
I have never grown sunflowers before
and I have fallen head of heals
for these fascinating, statuesque and generous beauties.
I am not alone, sunflowers were the earthly symbols of solar dieties with the Aztecs and the Incas.
When they were introduced into Spain in the 16th Century, their cultivation was banned because of their links to war and religion in South America.
Sunflowers have also stirred the passion of artists.
Who among us is not familiar with Van Gogh's sunflowers
that he painted to decorate his friend, Gaugin' room?
In return Gauguin painted a portrait of Vincent painting the sunflowers.
Luffarelli, Diego Rivera, Vitali Komarov and Alfred Gockel also favoured sunflowers.
They have fascinated mathematicians and are an example of Fibonacci's Golden Ratio.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sunflowers are a native of Central America.
They been domesticated for about 4500 years.
Some Native American groups planted them on the north side of their gardens as the 'fourth sister' along with pumpkins, corn and beans.
They are actually 1 - 2000 individual flowers held in a receptacle base.
Sunflowers extract toxic substances from the soil - lead, arsenic, uranium.
They were used to extract cesium-137 and strontium-90 from a nearby pond after the Chernobyl disaster.
A single seed can produce between 1 and 2 thousand seeds.
All I know is that every day
they stood in my garden they made me smile
I promise to love, honour and cultivate sunflowers till death do us part.
Even when my own locomotive is bleak, dusty and imageless,
when people no longer notice me as I shuffle,
when my naked accomplished body
grows into a mad black formal sunflower in the sunset of my life,
I will carry the seeds of my love in my pocket
and plant them guerilla style wherever I go
leaving a trail of sunshine in my wake.