I have dreamed of what you are talking about now. Why am I afraid of sunflowers doing well? I don't know how to plant them. Do I need a cleared space? Could I plant them among the weed, bramble barrier between me and the road? Can they be choked out? How long does it take for them to bloom? How early can I plant them?
etc. I have so many questions, and yours just volunteered!
Gloria, I swear, just throw the seeds out there. Mine are mostly spread by the birds, whether they drop them while eating or otherwise. These wild-sown seeds sprouted best in my straw mulch & in the prepared veggie beds, but as you can see, they also did quite well right in the lawn. So just get some & throw them out there, see what happens. You get quite the bang for your buck.
This is a really great article, Summer, and makes me yearn for every one you describe. I love the idea of a sunflower tapestry! I have grown them sometimes, but not in great abundance, as they do deserve. Now you have made me want them again.
It's on my to do list!