Here Comes the Sun Inside the Sunflower Café


Did you know that sunflowers rise in the east and follow the sun across the sky until it sets in the west? In order to grow, the sun is their universe and draws attention to it. With bold, happy blooms, it’s only fitting that their namesake is the sun itself. Grateful for its life-giving warmth, these smiling flowers devote their days to worshipping the sun. Sunflowers are not only stunningly beautiful, but they symbolize adoration, loyalty, and longevity.

In our new novel, Home Sweet Sonoma, the Sunflower Café is a central place for our characters to congregate, like planets revolving around the sun. Such a sunny blossom, there’s a reason our characters, Nora and Claire, chose the sunflower as the central theme for their bustling café on the Sonoma Plaza. Reflecting the warmth and friendliness of the café, the sunflower gets center stage, covering the walls with colorful murals, all the way down to the detailed carvings on the handmade oak tables. With elegance, the blooms not only provide a beautiful centerpiece with a hopeful message, but their tasty seeds are liberally added to the menu du jour.

FUN FACT: Sunflowers face towards the sun in what is known as phototropic movement. Due to the presence of auxin, a growth hormone in the stem, the flower actually bends. When the stem tip receives light, the concentration of auxin increases in the shaded side. This higher concentration of auxin causes that side away from the sun to grow faster, resulting in a positive phototropic curvature.

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Deborah Parrish