Sunflowers for Summer Bouquets
Nothing says summer like summer bouquets. The photo here is taken from the pages of Victoria Magazines new French Cooking & Entertaining issue which features ten pages of life at La Vie Rustic, with recipes and lots of photos.
Happily sunflowers are one of the easiest of annual flowers to grow, and can be planted as soon as the ground has warmed. La Vie Rustic’s sunflower collection has six different varieties, in shades of apricot, gold, pale yellow, deep red, and orange, selected to replicate the types and colors in Van Gogh’s famous sunflower paintings. All the varieties are branching, meaning that they will produce more than one single flower head, and instead, send out more flowers on branching stems.
And don’t forget to plant lettuce to serve all spring and summer long. I like to serve the salad along with a cheese course, as theydo at Alain Ducasse’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Provence, the Bastide de Moustier.