I started growing Zinnias four years ago, after
discovering reading about them on a garden blog. Since then they’ve become the backbone of my cutting garden, and I’ve collected seeds from my favourites as well as purchasing different varieties year to year. Once they start blooming in early summer they’ll continue until a hard frost; for me this year that was mid October.
For the first two years I started them indoors, at the end of March. I discovered; however, that the seedlings I planted out at the end of May didn’t bloom that much sooner than seeds I planted directly in the garden, also at the end of May. Now I save my grow lights for things that really benefit from an early start, and direct sow all Zinnias. They’re THAT easy!
On this penultimate day of A Week of Flowers, the theme started by Cathy at Words and Herbs to brighten up the first seven days of December, I had to feature a Zinnia. I loved this plant in particular because its flowers are two toned, which is a bit unusual amongst the ones I’ve grown. These photos were taken on October 8. Happy Monday everyone!