Friday, July 29, 2011

Most Popular: Zinnia

Boy have I gotten a lot of return on investment with this package of zinnia seeds!  Everyone, human and otherwise, loves these flowers.  I have seen several types of bees, wasps, flies, caterpillars, butterflies, and beetles checking out the pollen and nectar.  Occasionally a hummingbird drops by, and this morning a goldfinch perched on one for not quite long enough for me to get back with a camera.

It would be a little bit of a stretch to call zinnias native, but it's tempting.  They are primarily from Mexico, with some occurring in the southwest US.  They love North Carolina, too, and will bloom like crazy until frost here.


I like to see all the colors as they begin blooming -- you can never be sure what you've got until then. Packages aren't always accurate about color or size, I've discovered, but that's just part of the fun of gardening, isn't it?


12 comments:

  1. Daricia, these photos are beautiful! I love zinnias, too...so rewarding. I bought a package of the green ones and never got them planted. very sad about that! I also love your new blog "look" -- so pretty and inviting!!

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  2. Great pictures! I just had a beautiful swallowtail butterfly on mine today but unfortunately I was not quick enough to take a good picture.

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  3. Your bees don't seem to mind the various colors over other colors....all are great! I have two zinnias in the garden this year. One was from a seed packet from James Madison University Anniversary -- a couple years ago. They are doing well! The other is from a packet from Park, a 'Spider Zinnia' and it is kind of spindly. More zinnias for next year are on the list!
    My youngest went to Italy and Greece for a couple weeks earlier this summer. She finished her second year teaching (in NC) and she and a housemate took a trip. Ah to be young!

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  4. Your zinnia's are just beautiful. You must have a fantastic camera for you photo's. Lovely details!!

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  5. What happy bumbles! I love zinnias, too. I remember my grandmother's veggie garden. She lived on a farm and Grandpa would leave about 20' of the field unplanted along the lane to the house. G'ma would plant all kinds of veggies and then rows and rows of zinnias and cleome and cockscomb. I think of Grandma every time I see a zinnia. :) ~~Rhonda

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  6. pat - thanks, mamacita! i'll have to post a pic of those marigolds you gave me, too. they look really pretty now.

    cindy - thanks for noticing the new look! i can't resist "redecorating" from time to time! don't we all have those extra seed packets -- i hope you get your green zinnias planted next year.

    college gardener - glad you dropped by! it's always exciting to see a swallowtail. next time you'll have to just stake out by the zinnias and click away.

    janet - italy and greece sounds like a wonderful trip! i'll bet they had a blast. as far as the zinnias go, i wish i had more sun to try lots more. as it is i have a tiny little crescent where i squeeze in every sun lover i possibly can. only a few herbs (and zinnias) get those treasured spots!

    paula jo - thank you so much. i use a canon t1i and love it.

    rhonda - good to see you here! your grandma's garden sounds abundant and beautiful. i have a picture of my grandma's tiny flower bed that i may post sometime. it made up for the tiny size with BIG color. it always delighted me.

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  7. Niespodzianki, chociaż nie zawsze miłe, niestety są w ogrodzie. Cynie, niezależnie od koloru, są bardzo ładne, a jak jeszcze uda się zrobić zdjęcie kwiatkowi i siedzącemu na nim "gościowi", to dopiero radość.Pozdrawiam

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  8. I second whatever Giga said.

    I am growing Profusion Fire and Zowie Wowie Zinnias this year. I am at the point I can not forsee every gardening without them.

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  9. Beautiful blossoms and bees!

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  10. amazing! i have planted some zinnias too. hoping they will be as pretty as yours. thanks for sharing.

    ~ANGEL

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  11. These are my favorites too! Can tolerate heat, no rain, too much rain-whatever you throw at them. Love having them in vases in the house too.

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