When M and I were walking last Friday morning we cut through the college garden and I spied a Mexican sunflower plant on fire with dozens of vermillion flowers. I usually have a couple of these in my garden, but this year the Rudbeckia overtook everything, and the Mexican sunflower seeds never sprouted. So I searched the bottom branches of this plant until I found a single almost-dried flower. The birds usually get all the seeds from these flowers, but I thought an underneath one might have a few seeds in it.
It has been sitting on my drawing table for a few days now, and I started loosening the dried up flowerets. I was happy to find a few of the little torpedo-shaped seeds. They seem small, but maybe if I sprout them in the garden under a glass bell I can get a plant or two next summer. Love it when the flowers start turning to seeds.