My friend Julie and I go to the to the Farmers' Market every Sunday morning (and then out to breakfast and then to the Book Thing). Nearly every Sunday, I ooh and aah over the huge variety of sunflowers on offer. I rarely buy them though. But yesterday, they were just so stunning that I bought a bunch.
When I got home, I tried various vases and containers, but since the flowers are so top-heavy, they kept tipping over the container. Finally, I spotted an old brown pitcher and lopped off all but about eight inches of stem. Viola! Perfect container and perfect arrangement!
Somehow it all looked familiar... oh, that's right! It was very similar to the Van Gogh painting, "Twelve Sunflowers", (original title in French, Tournesols) one of a series of six paintings. One of these sold for $39 million! One of the Sunflower paintings was destroyed in a fire during the ending days of WWII. Others are in Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Munich and Tokyo.
I can't imagine what Van Gogh would think of if he saw the huge dinner-plate size Sunflowers we grow today! Here are some more pix from the Farmers' Market.
The shades and varieties of sunflowers are endless!