This is one of the little sunflowers that grew in my garden this year. I really enjoy the autumn colors of this flower. It would be nice to use them in the house during this season, but I needed to dry them a long time ago, before they were fully open. Here’s how to dry them: Cut the sunflowers with a long stem and remove unwanted leaves. The flower head should be partially open so the seeds are not fully developed. This will keep seeds in the head. You may tie them at the end of the stem, individually or bundle a couple (don’t let the heads touch), and hang them to dry in a dark place, or you may put them in a vase to dry. After 2-3 weeks, they should be dry and the heads open. To preserve shape and color, spray with hairspray. That’s it! Now they are ready to be used! I’ll have to try this next year and bring some of that garden happiness inside!