We planted sunflower seeds in our raised bed garden this spring and had an absolutely amazing crop. We planted them in mid-June and the seeds germinated after six measly little days. This photo was taken on July 15th.
A short while later, the green buds started to tease us with hints of yellow. This photo was taken July 30th.
August 1st – Blooms! The goofball Hubby smiles at the sun with the flowers.
And the sunflowers attracted more than human admiration. We had visitors of many buzzing stripes. August 7th I found this giant cicada enjoying a nap or lunch:
But it ended so quickly! We had about a week of watching the sunflowers follow the sun every day, but after about a week, the stalks had stiffened and the flowers stayed facing east. And then they dropped seemingly overnight. This photo is from August 12th.
We let them sit for another two weeks. I looked up how to harvest sunflower seeds and last night we went out and chopped off their pretty little heads, shoved them into brown paper bags and hung them from a clothesline to dry for a bit.
And soon all of our sunflower heads will start to look like the patch of black in this photo:
I’ll let you know how they turn out!