June 21st marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, when the sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky. The summer solstice marks the ascension of spring into summer, and celebrates the power of the sun, and its provision of abundance, fruition, and fulfillment. What better way to celebrate the sun and the bounty it provides than with farm fresh flower flowers?
Flowers for Solstice
Sunflowers are a particularly fitting symbol for the summer solstice--these farm fresh flowers are the namesake of the very orb the summer solstice celebrates and have long been associated with the power of the sun. Sunflowers even chase the sun -- over the course of the day, they will move their heads to face it as it moves across the sky, from rising to setting.
Fire is the element of the Summer Solstice--it’s heat being closely affiliated with that of the sun. It is a symbol of passion, creativity, creation, rebirth, and action. Excellent farm fresh flowers to represent this summer solstice element are Flame Calla Lilies, so named for their fiery intermixing of orange, red, and yellow.
The daisy, too, is a sign of the summer solstice. The name daisy is Old English for “day’s eye” which signifies both the start of day and the beginning of summer. The round, cheery faces of farm fresh flowers like Gerbera Daisies are uplifting and their colors are the embodiment of summer. Add these farm fresh flowers to your summer celebrations for a light, fresh, happy feeling.
While these flowers are traditional symbols of the summer solstice, any farm fresh flower is appropriate for the celebration the sun! One flower which comes to mind is lisianthus. Lisianthus is a wildflower native to the North American prairies, and needs a lot of light and heat to flourish, which is why summer is its time to shine. Its origin as a prairie flower makes it an ideal wild, au natural summer solstice flower.
If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate farm fresh flowers into your summer solstice celebrations, try making flower crowns or garlands for you and and your friends and family to wear. It can be a fun activity for everyone to make together, and by working with the flowers, you may feel more connected to the earth and the sun.