I grew a few Hopi Black Seed sunflowers this summer to use for dye. The birds had been snatching seeds from a few of the heads, so I decided it was time to harvest. It maybe was a little too early, and in hind sight I probably could of covered the flowers with netting for protection. Oh well - it's done. Now I wait until they are dry to remove the seeds. It will be fun to try this dye during the winter when I need a little sunshine in my kitchen!