SEND CHEERFUL SUNFLOWERS
Want to brighten their day? Send sunflowers – they’re pure sunshine by post. Plus every bunch of these happy blooms comes with completely free delivery, so your wallet will be cheerful too.
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As iconic as strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, sunflowers are the epitome of summer. Instantly recognisable, with a halo of golden petals and a fuzzy face, these cheery blooms are guaranteed to make them smile.
A delivery of sunshine all wrapped up, we love sending these beaming beauties as a cheery birthday gift or to someone who needs a little mood boost. And to cheer your day too, all of our sunflowers come with free delivery across the UK.
These flowers represent adoration and loyalty, so whether your bestie is feeling down or you want to send a 'three cheers!' celebration, consider sending a bouquet of sunflowers - their joyful glow will brighten even the gloomiest day.
While we all know and love the sunflower, it’s worth noting that its botanical name is helianthus annuus. This comes from the Greek words ‘helios’ meaning sun and ‘anthos’, which translates to flower. Easy to remember, right? Maybe not, but some good trivia to have.
The nickname ‘sunflower’ also refers to the fact that young sunflowers turn themselves throughout the day to face the sun. Plus, it looks like the sun – or at least those simplistic drawings you did of it as a kid with a yellow crayon.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR SUNFLOWERS LAST LONGER
Sunflowers have a vase life of around 10 days and the ability to add a little sunshine to any space during this time. Want to ensure your beautiful blooms make it to the end, looking fine and dandy? Here are our top tips on how to make cut flowers last just that little bit longer.
Once you've taken a moment to appreciate that surprise bunch of flowers, remove any foliage that could sit below the waterline in your vase. This stops the water from getting dirty (dirty water leads to sad sunflowers).
Next, pop in the flower food that came with your sunflowers so they get all the nutrients they need before snipping 2-3cm off their stems – this helps them suck up the water to ensure they stay perky.
Sunflowers understand the importance of staying hydrated so you may need to top up the water every few days. We also recommend removing any wilted petals or leaves when you spot them, as this could lead to the rest of the flower fading.
Sunflowers like moderate temperatures – not too hot, not too cold – and it's best to keep them out of direct sunlight. We know, it seems crazy, right? They spend their young lives following the sun but aren't fans when they're cut later.
Want to add sunshine to your home all year round? Sunflowers are an easy flower to dry. Read our guide on how to dry sunflowers so you can enjoy every last drop of sunshine.
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WHEN DO SUNFLOWERS BLOOM IN THE UK?
Sunflowers usually bloom from mid-summer to early autumn in the UK – this is typically from end of June through to August. Growing at a rapid rate, they're a great addition to your garden, making a statement along your fence. Some sunflowers are annual (which means they have to be replanted every year) whereas others are perennial (meaning they’ll bloom year after year without needing to be replanted). Whether you're green fingered or enjoy your garden from afar, you can bring the sunshine into your home by cutting these flowers once they've bloomed.
TYPES OF SUNFLOWERS
While you may be used to seeing tall, vibrant yellow sunflowers, there are well over 80 different species, growing in a number of different shapes, sizes and colours, as well as completely seedless varieties. It would take us all day to feature them all, so we've featured just some of the most popular types of sunflowers to enjoy in your garden and in those floral bouquets.
Sunforest mix sunflowers
Sunny smile sunflower
Sundance kid sunflower
Little Becka sunflower
SUNFLOWERS IN WEDDING BOUQUETS
Sunflowers and summer weddings are a match made in heaven. We've rounded up some of the best ways to include sunflowers in your big day.
FUN FACTS ABOUT SUNFLOWERS
Not only are sunflowers easy on the eye and beginner-gardener friendly, they’re actually pretty fascinating. Want to impress your friends and family with your sunflower trivia? Check out our round up sunflower facts below.
- Some people actually have a severe fear of sunflowers – So much so that it has its own name – helianthophobia. We're not sure it's a common phobia but maybe just double check before you present someone with a big bunch in the summertime!
- Sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine – You'll find fields and fields of these golden flowers growing there during the late summer months.
- The world’s tallest sunflower reached an incredible height of 30 feet and 1cm – It was so tall that the local fire brigade had to assist in measuring it.
- It’s thought that the Aztecs worshipped sunflowers – They did this under the belief that they were incarnations of sun Gods. We couldn't agree more.
- Young healthy sunflowers track the sun – This means they move to face the sunlight. This process is called heliotropism; however, sunflower stems become more stiff over time and so eventually they tend to just face east.
- Sunflower oil is incredibly beneficial – The oils from sunflowers possess anti-inflammatory properties that are believed to help reduce cholesterol, prevent chronic illness and repair and soften your skin barrier among other things. We'll take a bag, please!
- A sunflower isn’t just one flower – It’s actually made up of thousands of tiny flowers located on the centre of its head. The yellow petals surrounding it are actually called ray florets – a very apt name, if you ask us.
- Sunflowers can self-pollinate – This allows them to reproduce rather than needing the help of other bees and bugs #independent