When I worked in Greece, the classroom floor was perpetually covered in sunflower seed casings that the children had discarded after eating the salted seeds within. I never did quite get the hang of cracking the casings with my teeth but I do love sunflowers seeds.
This year, I had been curious to see if I could grow my own sunflower seeds. And indeed that black mark on the kitchen table next to a dried sunflower head is a seed. I think it is the only one, though.
Not sure what happened there – i.e. if the birds have eaten them, they’ve already found a home in the herb garden for next year or something else. In any case, the dried heads are so pretty in themselves, they might be added to the Christmas garland we make this year.
Have you any flowers you are drying?