Sungold Dwarf Sunflower

I had forgotten that I planted some Sungold Dwarf sunflower seeds a few months ago, and I assumed that the as-yet unblooming sunflowers in my yard were one of the other varieties I planted. Thus it was with some fascination that I noticed these sunflowers blooming today.

The flowers, which also go by the name Teddy Bear sunflowers, have a soft, almost velvety feel to their petals. I think that these particular flowers are the giant version of the Sungold Dwarf variety (yes, I noted the oxymoron), as the flower heads are almost a foot across. The flowers also added a dash of color to the yard at a time when most of the summer flowers have passed, and the fall bloomers have yet to appear.