Salvation sunflower

These cheerful blooms are working hard to lend a little color and life to ugly Route 12 in Fitchburg. Growing strong against a guard rail on the side of the road outside the Salvation Army. They could use some saving. (Can you jack wild flowers without conscience? I’ve been regretting I didn’t grow any sunflowers this summer. Next year, next year, she whispers…)

Then again, maybe this is where they’re needed most. Unexpected beauty.

I wonder if these were planted by a seed bomber on International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day, aka May 1? This lot would definitely qualify as a “neglected patch.”

Some random love for the sunflower:

* van Gogh!

* It was a symbol of the mid-1800s Aesthetic Movement. Art for Art’s Sake!

* Its flower is actually a flower head — or composite — of numerous florets (small flowers) crowded together

* “A model for the pattern of florets in the head of a sunflower was proposed by H. Vogel in 1979. This is expressed in polar coordinates.

r = c \sqrt{n},
\theta = n \times 137.5^{\circ},

where θ is the angle, r is the radius or distance from the center, and n is the index number of the floret and c is a constant scaling factor. It is a form of Fermat’s spiral. The angle 137.5° is related to the golden ratio (55/144 of a circular angle, where 55 and 144 are Fibonacci numbers) and gives a close packing of florets.” *


I’m no math whiz, but I admire a flower with a floret pattern formula…

Dreary day, drab parking lot, sunny flowers

* Wiki, wiki, wiki... who says you’re no good?


About plantkiller

Paysha Rhone is a wife, mother, former-journalist-turned-PR-maven and bad mamajama killing plants in the Victorian splendor of Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
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2 Responses to Salvation sunflower

  1. Heather M says:

    OK – I am so doing some Guerilla sunflower planting next May 1. Love that idea! Join me? 🙂

  2. plantkiller says:

    Yes! Let’s bomb Fitchburg, God knows it needs it! 🙂

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