Written by: Lauren Womack, intern
Please don’t get me wrong—I love a traditional flower bouquet just as much as the next girl. Roses, daises, maybe a pretty tulip or two, and my day is made. That being said, when asked to name my favorite flower, I feel the need to think beyond the beauties in your everyday bouquet. For my favorite flower, I want big, bold, and larger than life. Rather than a single bloom, in fact, I would like an entire field. And rather than a bright pink or a deep-red hue, I’ll take petals the color of honey and stems that stretch toward the sky.
When claiming a flower as my own, I’ll choose none other than the majestic sunflower. Much of my attachment to this bloom stems from memories of a sunflower field near my family’s bay house. Rows and rows of big, golden sunflowers, heads tilted high when the sun is overhead and facing west as the sun goes down… The striking natural beauty of these flowers match the charm of the simple farmhouse nearby and, to me, sum up the picture-perfect idea of a warm Southern summer. To this day, a hearty sunflower in an arrangement or a bundle of the blooms at a farmers market will take me back to days spent on the Alabama coast.