Sunday, May 19, 2013

Easy and Lovely ~

Last summer I had some of the prettiest Zinnias in the garden: they were all in various pastel shades. Zinnias come in the most wonderful different colors, sizes and forms, plus they face up well to our long, increasingly hotter summer weather and are super easy to start from seed. I made the discision then that next year I would plant lots and lots of Zinnias.
 This year I was once again able to get a good selection of seeds in soft pinks, lavender, pale yellow, and   I added Envy, a beautiful chartreuse colored zinnia to the mix.

 Because I wanted a lot of plants I mixed all of the packets of seeds together and planted them in seed starting mix in a discarded flat. First I lined the flat with newspaper; I find this works well. That was two weeks ago and now you see all of my abundance of little seedlings, in a couple more weeks I can plant them out in the garden!

These are from last year, aren't they pretty ~ you can see why I love them.

  If you get a chance try planting a few Zinnia seeds, so easy and you won't be disappointed. Oh, I almost forgot.. they also make great bouquets.
Thank you for visiting I hope you have a flower filled day.
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  1. I love Zinnias! I hope you will show us more when they are in bloom. Your seed packets are so sweet - they could be collected and used for something special.

  2. They are my most favorite flowers. My grandmother loved them,too. She called them Old Maids!!
    Smiles, Dottie

  3. What a lovely idea Adrienne and the labels are splendid!!!! Can I sow now the seeds directly in place to have them in august/september?
    Have a nice week.
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    1. Depending on how warm it is where you live you can start them now or in the next couple of months for summer/fall bloom. They can be seeded directly in the garden but I have better luck with planting them as seedlings. Bonne chance!

  4. Adrienne, your idea is great putting them in a flat. I never thought to do that. I always save the old 6 packs but your idea is much better. I will have to plant some Zinnias since I don't have any. Renee's Flowers have great seeds and the packets are so cute do use in crafts. Can hardly wait to see your Zinnias when they bloom.
    Have a great week.

  5. I can't wait to get our plantings in order. The beds still need weeding and deep cleaning from winter. Your gardens are always inspirational.

  6. I love Zinnias! The colors are so cheery!

  7. I am trying to figure out what to plant we get so very dry here it seems like everything I plant just withers I will have to try zinnias your garden is so beautiful! Love Heather

  8. Thank you for reminding how wonderful zinnias can be in your garden; I often forget to leave space for them!

  9. Based on that picture of the seedlings, you should have loads of zinnias this summer. I love these annuals myself, and now that I read that they are easy to start from seed, I think I will try to grow some myself.


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