I try to get out a few times a week and I am over a year behind on posting about my adventures around South Jersey… So I thought it was about time to start getting things up and going again. This was my adventure TODAY, but I’ve seen hundreds of beautiful places and things around our area this past year (I’m that far behind.) Plus, I’ve learned about some great history…but best of all…. I’ve discovered spots that the views are just breathtaking and I can’t wait to share them with you!
What can be more summer than sunflowers here in the Garden State? When you see these sunny guys.. You know we’re at the peak of summer. My neighbor told me about this little patch along a cornfield in Salem County… Well, because I adore flowers and she thought that I would enjoy them. Yup, I did.
Here are some interesting facts about Sunflowers that I was not aware of!
The sunflower is native to the United States. Native American Indians used them for food, as oil, in bread, medical ointments, dyes and body paints.
Kansas is often known as the Sunflower state and the flower is in fact Kansas’s state flower. The sunflower is also the national flower of Ukraine (interesting, since native to the U.S.)
Sunflowers can be used to extract toxin such as lead, arsenic and uranium from contaminated soil…. For example, sunflowers were used to remove toxins from a pond after the Chernobyl disaster and similar projects took place after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
It is a misconception that flowering sunflower heads track the Sun across the sky during the day. Young flower buds do display movement similar to this behavior through a process called heliotropism. But a mature flower usually points in a fixed easterly direction.
So there you have it folks….. some fun facts!
This beautiful preserved farm is across the street from the sunflowers.
Also, if you want to go see this for yourself… You can find it on Route 45 before you hit Bassett Road in Mannington Township.
It is private property so please view from the street.
Until our next adventure, my friends!
P.S. Going to try and get more of my South Jersey adventures up here on the site! There are hundreds of them!!