When Pantone announced next year’s colour of the year, every industry went wild and was ready with their Pantone-hued products. In the world of flowers, there’s the sunflower - the perfect representation of 2021’s colour of the year.
2020 has been a challenging year, especially with the global pandemic. Many of us are looking for a new start in 2021. We are hoping for happiness and good health in the new year. The sunflower symbolises positivity and peace. Although it most commonly means adoration and loyalty, it also radiates joy and optimism of all kinds - some of the things we need this coming year.
Whilst this radiant flower won’t save the world, it would serve as a daily reminder that time passes, things are continuously growing and hopefully, we’re all going to turn a new leaf soon.
Taking care of your sunflower
There are two main types of this flower: the oil seed type which has small black seeds, and the non-oil type, which has larger seeds and thicker hull. Both prefer full sunlight.
Caring for sunflowers is simple. If bottom leaves are present, remove them, then recut the stems diagonally to expose more surface for water intake. Replace the water supply every two days.
When its petals start to wilt, you can press the sunflowers into paper using the Japanese tradition of oshibana. This can eternalise the flower’s cheery character.
In 2021, we’ll take joy in any form or anywhere we can find - and having flowers that bring happiness seems a great way to start.