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Sunny Sunflower facts……..

 

Did you know Sunflowers are the only flower with the name flower in its name!!!

“Helianthus” is the scientific name for a Sunflower, Helia for Sun and Anthus for Flower.

Sunflowers are said to be the symbol of faith, loyalty and adoration.

They follow the movement of the sun across the sky from east to west, and this process is known as  heliotropism.

Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants on an average they grow up to 8-12 feet within six months.

The Guinness world record for the tallest sunflower is 25 feet 5 ½ inches, grown by M Heijims in Oirschot, Netherlands in1986.

The Sunflower with largest flower head is 32 ¼ inches in diameter (measured from the outer tip of the petal on one side to the outer tip of the petal on the opposite side), was grown by Emily Martin in Maple Ridge, British Columbia,  Canada in 1983.

 

 

 

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A Carpet of Blue Flowers……

It’s that time of year when the woodlands become a carpet of blue flowers, the Bluebell is probably Britain’s best known wild flower. They thrive in ancient woodlands which offer shade in the summer, and shelter in the winter.

Bluebells are a protected species and many conservation groups work to conserve their habitats, Unfortunately though they are under threat from an impostor, the Spanish bluebell – The plants are very similar, although the Spanish version is usually paler than our native species and has upright flowers all around the stem. These flowers give it a more upright appearance than the English bluebells, which have flowers arranged on one side of the stem, giving them the characteristic droop.

Did you Know…….

• Bluebells can also be white. These rare flowers lack the pigment that gives the bluebells their distinctive colour.

• 71% of native bluebells are found in broad-leaved woodland or scrub.

• The biggest threats to bluebells are habitat loss and uprooting of the bulbs for gardens.

• The bulbs produce an extremely sticky substance which was once used to stick the pages in books and the feathers on arrows.

• Bluebells are an important early food flower for bees, hoverflies and butterflies which feed on nectar.

• It takes at least five years for a seed to grow into a bulb.