A 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.
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.
🙂 Thank you, Cindy!
A lovely sight to start the week. Thanks Eliza.
Thank you, Vicki! Hope it is a good one.
These bright blooms are beautifully contrasted by their blue container! I have not come across teddy bear sunflowers before.
Thank you, Anne. I’ll be curious to see if Teddy produces seeds. It may be an F1 hybrid and sterile. Time will tell!
That is a very uplifting vase! I can see why the sunflower is called Teddy Bear – so cuddly!
🙂 Thanks, Sandra!
Oh my – so gorgeous!
Thank you, Fi!
Your usual excellent arrangement. I’v never seen that sunflower.
Thank you, Derrick. My first dwarf I’ve grown, I can see its merit in a smaller garden.
I love the brightness, Eliza! And “Teddy Bear” is the perfect name for such a big fuzzy flower. 🙂
Thank you, Joanne! 🙂
Whoa! The sunflowers are fun. Love your zinnias too. I missed growing angelonia this year and really miss it. Yours entire vase is charming.
Thank you, Susie. Zinnias and Angelonia have become annual ‘must-haves’ in my garden, too.
Bee happy. Gorgeous,flowers again. Bumbles love zinnias & honeybees are so happy & busy on garlic chives.
Love that fuzzy Teddy Bear.
Isn’t he cute? A pleasant surprise. 🙂
one of my favorite posts this season, love how your use herbs in an arrangement
Thanks, Karen. If it flowers, I can use it! 🙂
Those colors are prefect in that vase.
Thank you, I am loving bold colors in my vases this year, it seems. Can’t get excited about pastels lately. Maybe a reflex against the times?
Another lovely arrangement, Eliza! Such beautiful colors! 😍🌈
Thank you, Julie! ❤
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.
Thank you, Laurie. It is a cutie, for sure. 🙂
What a stunning flower the Teddy Bear is. Aptly named. Made a great addition to your fabulous arrangement, Eliza. 🙂
Thank you, Jane. It’s a fun one.
Yummy colors, Eliza!
Thank you, Sandy!
I think that Zinnia and Teddy make a great couple, Eliza, and love the way that they are surrounded by their little friends.
🙂 Thanks much, MIke!
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?
I expect it did. It is kind of cute, but I still love my big and bold sunflowers. 🙂
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 https://therunningwave.blogspot.com/2020/08/a-tangled-vase-on-monday.html
Thank you, Amanda!
Amazing flower port.
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.
It is a great summer annual here. Comes in purple, white and pink. Great performer all summer long.
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…!)
🙂 Thank you, Cathy. Candy girl, now teddy bear, haha, those ear worms!
Fantastic cheerful colours. Just what we need as after a summer of sunshine it has started raining. Yuk.
Glad to oblige. 🙂 Thanks, MJ, stay warm and dry.
I really like the ‘Teddy Bear’ Sunflowers. They have so much character. The Zinnias are lovely.
I love the brilliant colours complemented by the vase!
Many thanks, Belinda! 🙂
Beautiful selection of colors and flowers!🙂
Thank you, S!
Beautiful arrangements as always Eliza! Brightened my day!
Glad to know that, thanks, Reed!
A fabulous colour mix today Eliza. Teddy is fun and the Angelonia is gorgeous. 😃
Thank you, Cathy!
so beautiful flowers!
You’ve captured late summer in a vase, how beautiful!
Thank you very much!
It’s a pleasure!
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.
Thank you, Amy. There is both Salvia and Angelonia in the arrangement, the Salvia being the skinnier wands. Can you grow Angelonia, maybe in winter? It is fabulous!
Yes..I have had Angelonia. Off an on in winter. Love it.
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!
Flowers do lift the spirit, and these days, we sure could use a lot of uplifting! 🙂 Thanks, Randall!
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.
Many thanks, Steve!
I can see how those sunflowers got their name! They look a little fuzzy!
Yes! They are pretty cute. 🙂