This sunflower is already taller than I am. Three sunflower plants reached maturity, and all three have multiple buds. The wild shapes of the budding flowers are so exotic looking to me. I'd say they're elegant too, in a Martha Stewart sort of way.
Wisps and curls and points and swirls, oh my! This can only be a sunflower bud. This plant is about six feet tall, and the largest bud, pictured here, is almost nine inches wide. So far!