Starting Sunflowers

Starting Sunflowers

I recently found a packet of Giant Gray Stripe Sunflower seeds wile doing some spring cleaning. I've never done sunflowers before, and was wondering what is the best way to start the seeds? Should I start them in peat pots or plant directly into the ground? I read something about starting the germination process by placing the seeds in between damp paper towels, but I tried that method a few years ago with some passion vine seeds without any luck so I'm a little doubtful about trying it again.
About to pop…

About to pop…

Flowering Cherries

Flowering Cherries

Selection of garden photos from this week

Selection of garden photos from this week

Crazy Sunflowers

Crazy Sunflowers

A Delightful Surprise

A Delightful Surprise

Identifying the flowers.

Identifying the flowers.