Well I know I said I would have these posted early than this, however I got side tracked making my squidoo pages. Most importantly, I wanted to publish my squidoo page (lens) concerning the devistating effects the Victorian bushfires have had on our wildlife.
Now that I have achieved posting my completed squidoo lens
I can now concentrate my time back here. Ok, well this time I thought I would give painting a try, I haven't painted anything, apart from my house walls and fences, for years. So please excuse the amateur painting, but hey I gave it a try! My daughters drawing was done without looking at the photos but by remembering what the whole plant looked like. I think she did a great job of remembering what it looks like.
Some interesting facts about SUNFLOWERS
The SUNFLOWER, Helianthus Annus, is native to North America but was first commercialized in Russia, however it was the American Indians that domesticated the plant into a single headed plant. There are over 2000 varieties of sunflowers from all around the world ranging in colour of yellows, oranges, russets, ivory and bi colour.
In the past sunflowers have been used for
- flour to make cakes & breads
- to thicken stews and soups
- roasted and boiled in water to make a coffee like beverage
- crushed into oil to make bread
- as a snack food
Medicinally the sunflower is known to protect against cardiovascular & other diseases, as well as an antioxidants & anticarcinogens. It has also been used in the past for
- snake bites
- wart removal
- hair and body ointments
Other uses of the sunflower include
- as a purple dye for textiles & body painting
- the stalk was dried and used for building material
- plus birds love eating them!
Come on we need some volunteers! put your hand up as well as your kids and give it a go. A sunflower is the perfect drawing/painting to start with. Join us and post your artwork.
Plus we are still waiting for people to submit their photos of creatures that are from their neck of the woods. We would love for you to get involved