This year for the first time ever I started some of my flower seeds in pots. I hadn’t done it before and to be quite honest, at the time it seemed like a lot of extra work. I tend to like things that take very little “babysitting” and these seeds needed planting, and then transplanting. However, I will tell you that now, I am a believer.
Zinnias have always been one of my favorite summer flowers. I love their vibrant colors and sturdy petals. I have tried to grow them a number of times but they have never done all that well. I am usually quite pleased if I get a dozen flowers come June. This year however I have a garden FULL of these gorgeous blossoms! They stand tall in the gardens, their bright colors shining amidst the lettuce, carrots, radishes and arugula. I have them in pots. I have them spread throughout the entry garden. They brighten the back patio near my Grammy’s swing by the fireplace. And they make me so very happy when I see them.
I love cutting flowers for the house and if I were ever to plant a formal cutting garden these tall beauties would be the cornerstone of that garden. With their upright stalks and solid petals that last longer than some, they are a great addition to colorful bouquets. I have them all over the property this year but next year I am inspired to grow even more.
I really love their colors when in full bloom, but I also enjoy them at each stage on their way to full bloom. They have now solidified their place as a summer garden staple. I will try to harvest some seeds for next year and see if I can get them to grow next summer. If so, I will share my seeds with you~
Happy summer break friends,