In A Vase on Monday – Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear SunflowerA giveaway packet of seeds, which started blooming this week, yielded these cute little dwarf ‘Teddy Bear’ Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus ‘Teddy Bear’). Fluffy ray flowers make up most of the bloom, meaning less pollen for bees, but it is a charming novelty, to say the least.

Zinnia elegans ‘Lilliput’ and ‘Cut and Come Again’ fill the jug, along with purple Mealycup Sage (S. farinacea) and Angelonia (A. angustifolia).  Starry, white Garlic Chive blossoms (Allium tuberosum) help cool the brightness down a bit.

flower arrangement

Garlic Chive, Zinnia, Sunflower, Angelonia

In A Vase on Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click the link to see arrangements made by other gardeners around the world.

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72 Responses to In A Vase on Monday – Teddy Bear

  1. Vicki says:

    A lovely sight to start the week. Thanks Eliza.

  2. Anne says:

    These bright blooms are beautifully contrasted by their blue container! I have not come across teddy bear sunflowers before.

  3. That is a very uplifting vase! I can see why the sunflower is called Teddy Bear – so cuddly!

  4. ladyfi says:

    Oh my – so gorgeous!

  5. Your usual excellent arrangement. I’v never seen that sunflower.

  6. Joanne says:

    I love the brightness, Eliza! And “Teddy Bear” is the perfect name for such a big fuzzy flower. 🙂

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Whoa! The sunflowers are fun. Love your zinnias too. I missed growing angelonia this year and really miss it. Yours entire vase is charming.

  8. Alice says:

    Bee happy. Gorgeous,flowers again. Bumbles love zinnias & honeybees are so happy & busy on garlic chives.

  9. Love that fuzzy Teddy Bear.

  10. ke01341 says:

    one of my favorite posts this season, love how your use herbs in an arrangement

  11. Those colors are prefect in that vase.

  12. Jewels says:

    Another lovely arrangement, Eliza! Such beautiful colors! 😍🌈

  13. I am absolutely smitten by that teddy bear sunflower. The whole arrangement is so jaunty that it made me smile. A great way to start a Monday.

  14. Jane Lurie says:

    What a stunning flower the Teddy Bear is. Aptly named. Made a great addition to your fabulous arrangement, Eliza. 🙂

  15. sandyjwhite says:

    Yummy colors, Eliza!

  16. Mike Powell says:

    I think that Zinnia and Teddy make a great couple, Eliza, and love the way that they are surrounded by their little friends.

  17. krispeterson100 says:

    I knew what I was going to see in your vase as soon as I saw the title of your post, Eliza. ‘Teddy Bear’ is an interesting sunflower. I have some mutant sunflowers again this year that are all petals. I wonder if ‘Teddy Bear’ started out as a mutant too?

  18. the running wave says:

    Love the teddy bear! I call our younger dog, Ted, Teddy Bear. He is shaggy, like your lovely sunflower! A vase of gorgeous colour! Amanda

  19. rajkkhoja says:

    Amazing flower port.

  20. tonytomeo says:

    I needed to look up Angelonia. It does not look like I expect it to look. It is one that I am not familiar with.

  21. Cathy says:

    Oh that blue jug is great with the bright contents – such a wonderful contrast (and I now have that Elvis song in my head… just want to be your teddy bear…!)

  22. maryjane678 says:

    Fantastic cheerful colours. Just what we need as after a summer of sunshine it has started raining. Yuk.

  23. Maria says:

    I really like the ‘Teddy Bear’ Sunflowers. They have so much character. The Zinnias are lovely.

  24. I love the brilliant colours complemented by the vase!

  25. Beautiful selection of colors and flowers!🙂

  26. Beautiful arrangements as always Eliza! Brightened my day!

  27. Cathy says:

    A fabulous colour mix today Eliza. Teddy is fun and the Angelonia is gorgeous. 😃

  28. You’ve captured late summer in a vase, how beautiful!

  29. Teddy Bear puzzled me at first. I have not tried Sunflowers here. Love the colors, the Salvia is so big! I thought it was Larkspur or Delphinium. Garlic chives are the perfect counterpart to all the color.

  30. Dalo 2013 says:

    Beautiful photos and flowers… Yesterday afternoon, I went to my local Irish pub for my first Guinness of the year, and the table next to me had a bouquet of flowers they had just bought at Pike Place farmer’s market, and they were talking happily about them. Looked almost similar to what you have photographed above…and said it would cost them around $50 at a florist and well worth it to brighten the days ahead!

  31. The Teddy Bear lives up to its name, so plush and comfy looking. And once again you have done a great job of pairing your flowers for a beauty of an arrangement, Eliza.

  32. I can see how those sunflowers got their name! They look a little fuzzy!

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