We had a productive garden last summer. A couple of years ago my wife, Kathy, bought a packet of 10 sunflower seeds for three dollars at our local Buck’s Hardware. The plants struggled into the summer but grew to an astonishing eight or 9 feet tall. They were an inspiration in our garden. All 10 blossomed with one flower and each flower contained (I looked it up online, not attempting an accurate count) 800 to 1200 seeds. Rounding this to an average of 1000 seeds in each flower, that means we have the potential of 10,000 plants come next spring.
These plants portrayed a violent lust for life in the velocity of growth and giant stature. They became the royalty of the garden displaying pointy leaves and ponderous, golden crowns always focused on the sun.
Van Gogh painted sunflowers. I decided to do my own interpretation. The flower in the painting is approximately life-sized. The painting is 20 x 16″ acrylic.