Helianthus-the sunflower. So named because it means -duh- sun and flower in Greek. The sunflower is most noted for the fact that the flower heads track the sun as it moves across the sky, tilting their heads so that their faces always face the sun. It is called heliotropism. You will note that in my picture, my flowers are facing every which way-why? Because there is no stinkin’ sun! Our track record for overcast, rainy days is abysmal! My poor baby sunflowers are confused!
When I was a little girl, we took several trips out west with our pop-up trailer hitched to the good old Ford Fairlane station wagon. I probably had a Pixie haircut and Red Ball Jets on my feet. I was so enamored with the parts of Iowa that flashed by my window in the back seat. Long rows of sunflowers facing behind us in the morning and to our destination in the afternoon. I thought this was magic. Maybe it was.