This is a painting I painted of one of my favorite flowers, the SUNFLOWER.
The common wild sunflower.
The edible sunflower we grow here at the farm is Russin Mammoth. It grows over 10 feet tall with flower heads reaching 12 inches across. Plant seeds 2 weeks before the last frost in the spring. As the flower head reaches maturity it will drop towards the ground due to the weight of the developing seeds. Another way to tell if your seeds are mature is to watch for birds eating the seeds. To harvest the flower heads cut them off leaving 1 foot of stem and hang up in a dry well ventlated place. When the seeds are completely dry harvest seeds and store in a cool dry place.