7.13.2009

Zany Zinnias

Zinnias are one of my favorite flowers. They are bright and colorful and they bloom during the hottest days of summer as other flowers fade in the heat.

They come in a profusion of colors and shapes and sizes.

They are great for cutting and arranging into bouquets.

They are very easy to get up from seed. You can also buy the plant if you wish.

When I sew them in springtime then I begin to have my first blooms during the last couple weeks of June and they bloom well into August.

I like to sew a second crop around the 4th of July so that I will have them all the way through fall.

Zinnias come in tall medium and short varieties. There is even one that is trailing called Profusion.

You can plant zinnias in just one color or mix them up.

The seeds are so easy that they germinate even in my mulched beds.

I reserve one bed just for zinnias. I do not mulch it so that I am guaranteed a large crop.

When I am out shopping I am always on the lookout for different varieties of zinnia seeds.

My favorite are the old fashioned zinnias.

They seem to be the most reliable.

Zinnias will pop up in unexpected places the next year but they are easy to pull if they are in a bad spot.

I love the serendipity of unexpected blossoms . . .

and colors.

Zinnias will attract butterflies

I always have tons of butterflies visit my zinnias.

If you have a spot that is sunny and it can even be hot, then zinnias might be for you.

I know that I will always have a spot dedicated to zinnias.

I think they are the best. Have a great week.
Until Next Time
Debbie



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17 comments:

Susie said...

You have some real beauties there! Love all the bright colors.

Last year I had profusion orange. This year none and I sure am missing them.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I agree that zinnias are great flowers. They are one that I always start from seed and have good luck with. I'm trying 'Envy' this year and can't wait to see the green flowers.
I love all of your zinnia pictures!

Dirt Princess said...

I love zinnias. I planted some Giant Violet Queen zinnias this year and NONE of them did a thing!

Joycee said...

Your flowers are just gorgeous! Such a simple flower and it outshines everything in the garden. I planted late this year so mine are just now getting ready to bloom.
joy c. at grannymountain

Connie said...

You expounded so well on the wonderful virtues of Zinnias, and your photos are lovely.

...from a fellow Zinnia lover :-)

Susan said...

You can't beat zinnias. They are a wonderful summer flower. Yours are all very beautiful.

Darla said...

Your Zinnias are really putting on a show. I have several types as well. I really have enjoyed the candycane Zinnia this year. Yep, red and white stripes.

lynn'sgarden said...

Debbie, what a beautiful collection of zinnias! They are the best, aren't they? I love the butterfly pic!
Lynn

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Your zinnia 'collection' is gorgeous, Debbie! I can just picture them in your garden...such a variety to see! Your photos are beautiful and really do them justice!

joey said...

Wow, a beautiful parade of zinnias!

Cris said...

Wow, love the pictures keep up the nice work.
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christina and buddy powers said...

Hi, I have a brand new blog, it is set on private and I just sent you a invitation, called Sonshine Celebration.
Your zinnias are breathtakingly beautiful:)
Christina J. Powers

Laura said...

You have inspired me! When should I plant them? I live in South Texas and it is blazingly hot. Do I plant seeds in the spring?

laura

Linda said...

I'm enjoying your sunny flowers on a very dull day here. They're very tempting - I wonder if we have enough sun for them?

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a perfectly beautiful post! Gorgeous! I am trying to recall if you are the one that posted about making top of the ground gardens?
No matter...I will scan back and see if I can find the directions! I want to do that so much...two of them! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful gardening ideas!
:) I enjoy your wonderful and informitive blog each time I come! I will try and visit more often if I can!
~smiles~
Mona

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Great zinnia shots, wonderful garden annual that has been around since Great Grandma's garden, do the butterflies love them?

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Your zinnias are just so pretty. I have tried and tried to sow seeds for them but have no luck at all.I will just have to look at yours.