In a vase on Monday – Here comes the sun – sunflowers

I didn’t have a lot of success with germinating or growing on sunflower seeds this year so it is indeed fortunate that the seeds left to their own devices in the cut flower beds last year, did grow and lucky too that I recognised them for what they were.

In a vase on Monday

Several of the plants I moved to a wigwam at the end of a vegetable bed where I’m growing courgettes; they have grown well tied into the wigwam and I will grow them like this again in the future.


I’m often disappointed with how sunflowers look in by vases but I am pleased with this especially as it looks almost as good in the images as it does in life.


I know there is one plant of Italian White and another of Vanilla Ice; as others have said they are not easy to tell apart and I don’t actually know which is which in the vase but I can see they are different.


I think the dark sunflower is Claret (thank you Cathy) and the classic yellow above actually looks as if it may be a hybrid from different varieties in the garden last year.

I had intended using the Blue Denby jug for my sunflowers, as I usually do but they wouldn’t balance and looked ungainly, so I looked for a narrower necked vase and am definitely pleased with the result; who can’t smile when there are sunflowers!

Tomorrow is the 22nd of August and I will be posting a Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day post, I do hope you will be able to join me.

With thanks to our hostess Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, do visit her to see her vase this week and many, many other vases from around the globe.


31 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – Here comes the sun – sunflowers

  1. These look wonderful and cheery. I like how the white sunflowers are beautiful in their own right, but also give space to highlight the boldness of the Claret and the classic yellow.

  2. Your sunflower volunteers are beautiful, Christina! I’ve struggled with keeping their heavy heads upright too. While they drop gobs of pollen, I still love them. I was also pleased to see that, even when a stem is cut with tightly closed buds, they open in a vase, extending the pleasure of the cut stem.

  3. Christina love the sunflowers. They make you smile. They are beautiful in all colors, small and large. I like the Sunflower the darker color, almost brown. I look forward to your blog tomorrow. Greetings from Margarita.

  4. Since the US is going crazy over the Solar Eclipse (over the top per usual), sunflowers seem apropos for the day. Personally, I’m more thrilled to see your arrangement than the rather anti-climactic solar event. 😉

  5. I love sunflowers, they remind me of the summer I spent in Italy. Your vase is lovely and it is definitely worthwhile to grow different varieties. Amazing how plants left on their own do so well!

  6. How interesting to have self seeders, and to hear you are growing them on a wigwam. I need to plant mine at the other end f the cutting beds next year as I struggled to access mine for cutting. I have both IW and VI this year and it looks as if VI is taller than IW (which I have grown before). Love to see them in a vase though and yours looks just as cheery as one might expect – lovely!

  7. What a joyful vase. Sunflowers always make me smile.
    Curious that you don’t see much re-seeding. Do birds come to feed on the seeds? We have that here but even then there are many which sprout in the spring.
    I thought sunflowers had much more pollen in the past, to the point where a table top would be generously sprinkled every time cut ones were brought inside. I don’t see that anymore and even have some plants which don’t set seed until another plant (with more pollen I suspect) opens nearby. Maybe low pollination is a reason for less reseeding…

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