The Mammoth Russian sunflowers are mostly ready for harvesting. I planted a very large stand of them, so there will be more than enough to leave for our friends the finches. I saw one perched on a flower head the other day-adorable.
In a dry climate, you can slip a paper bag directly over the head and let it dry outdoors-but that will never do here. I'll hang them in the kitchen with a dehumidifier. Hopefully that will do the trick, but really I didn't expect to have any seeds survive the birds anyway.
I did get them in the ground rather early, but it does seem too soon for harvesting. What crazy weather we've had this year.