Sunflowers are one flower that make the transition from summer into autumn an easier one, and are ideal for adding sunshine to your decor throughout the entire year. Sunflowers are native to the Americas and were actually seen as far back as 2600 B.C. in what is now present day Mexico. The name was derived from the sunflower’s very obvious, bright yellow flower that resembles none other than the ’sun.’
In the 16th century, seeds were brought to Europe and the use of sunflower oil became quite common in cooking; a technique that of course is still widely used today. Traditionally, the Native Americans would line the edges of their field with sunflowers as a way to “guard” their other three precious crops of the time: beans, corn and squash.
In addition to the use of sunflower oil, which is extracted from the seeds, the seeds themselves have become a well-known snack, by simply roasting them in an oven and sprinkling with a little salt…yum.
|Sunflowers For Your Walls
Sunflowers come in all shapes and sizes at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. If you’re looking for the perfect way to accent a blank wall this season, consider a sunflower themed print or decorative wreath. To the left we feature our Caleb’s Sunflower Barn Print. A textured and framed print by artist Pam Britton; made in the USA. There’s no denying the sunflower nature in the Triple Sunflower Wreath, seen here to the right.
|Sunflowers in Full Bloom
Sunflowers really do look good on everything and in every room. In the kitchen or dining room consider our Sunflower Hooked Chair Pad pictured below, for a cheery dining setting.
To the right we picture our Sunflower Bloom Hooked Wool Pillow; a sure way to make a cheerful statement. Made of 100% hooked wool, with a cream cotton backing, this bold pillow will add comfort and style to your seating this year.
As you may have guessed, there are even sunflowers for your floors within our sunflower product selection. Either of these accent rugs would be suitable for the entrance of your home, in front of the kitchen sink or perhaps underneath a small table. To the left, our Provence Sunflowers Rug brings the brightness and warmth of harvest florals to your home. Designed by Jennifer Brinley, and made of a blend of polypropylene and acrylic fibers.
Last but certainly not least, is our Rooster Coir Mat pictured to the right. Constructed of 100% natural and Eco-friendly coir fibers. A bold design to catch your eye as you enter the front or side door, will brighten your mood instantly. A colorful rooster stands against a golden, striped background, which coordinates lovely with the two blooming sunflowers along the sides. Coir assists in keeping your entryway cleaner due to its natural scrubbing feature.