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Don't delay: Raleigh's popular sunflowers won't last much longer

Posted July 16, 2018 8:51 p.m. EDT
Updated July 17, 2018 11:27 a.m. EDT

— Still haven't made it to Raleigh's sunflower field at Dix Park?

It's now or never.

According to Nicole Steele with the city of Raleigh, the sunflowers are past peak bloom right now as many are turning to seed and drooping from lack of rain. The sunflowers should be OK this week but, the city's public utilities department may be harvesting them next week. The city harvests and processes the seeds, using them to produce biodiesel.

In other words, if you want to go, go as soon as you can.

And, if you go to get some pictures, here's some advice:

The morning is likely the best time to get some great shots because the sunlight is directly on the flowers and you can see the sun rise over the city skyline. For some reason, these sunflowers are not rotating with the sun, so in the afternoon they become back lit.

You can find the sunflowers off Hunt Drive at Dix Park near downtown Raleigh. If you plan on going, we have lots of tips!