Shortly after starting this blog back in 2010 I was so excited to learn about the Guerilla Gardeners action day on the 1st of May to plant #sunflowers everywhere. 2015 marks nine years since the fateful day in 2007 when in Brussels Guerilla Gardeners began this tradition.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE
Anyone can participate as this new tradition is born anew in the 21st century. All you need to do to participate is gather together sunflower seeds and friends, choose a location and get out there and plant them.
1 May 2015
International Sunflower Day coming to an urban location near you!
It is quite fitting that they chose the 1st of May as this day, steeped in long tradition is exactly one-half of a year from the 1st of November and has been known as an occasion for celebration in the northern hemisphere. May Days origins lie in the Celtic festival of Beltane, the festival of Flora, the Roman Goddess of flowers and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. Probably the most known May Day celebration in more modern times is the dance around the Maypole and the fading tradition of the giving of May baskets.
May baskets are small baskets of sweets and flowers left anonomyously on neighbours doorsteps. While this particular tradition has been fading in the last years, a new tradition is blooming on the horizon – where still anonymously, guerilla gardeners all over the world will plant sunflower seeds on this celebrated day – giving their communities the promise of a sea of golden blooms that will beautify their neighbourhoods while supplying food for the birds. Hows that for killing 2 birds with one stone? 🙂
SUNFLOWERS – Helianthus annuus – FUN FACTS
1. Lots of different sizes and are at least 33 varieties.
2. The flower heads follow the suns path.
3. Cutest variety name = The Teddy Bear
4. Inspired the famous series of paintings by Vincent van Gogh.
5. Symbol of the Vegan Society and of green ideology.
6. In the US states have flowers, themes, etc. Kansas is known as the Sunflower State.
7. Frankfort, Ohio is the home of the International Sunflower Festival, a three-day event held annually on the first weekend of September.
8. Was the name of a protest movement in Taiwan in 2014. The protesters carried sunflowers as a symbol of hope.
If you can’t plant seeds around the ‘hood, then why not try them on your balcony. Here are a couple of pics from my balcony in 2013 with song birds – 1st a bad picture taken from inside my apt as to not scare the daylights out of this little guy – I love listening to their songs and calls to their fellows and another pic of sunflowers with bird on my balcony 2013 – I had to circle them so you could find them and real life they are INCREDIBLE. Click on the images to enlarge –[huge_it_gallery id=”3″]
I don’t know if guerilla gardeners will be planting sunflower seeds but hope so, check out the links below and a sunflower wiki too. Happy Urban Gardening!source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helianthus_annuus