Wednesday, August 19, 2015

5 Reasons To Love Zinnias



Tulips have always been my favorite flowers.  So much so that I was determined to grow a whole field of them here at one time.  Unfortunately, there were some other creatures around here who loved tulips as much as I do, so that turned out to be an impossible task.  Then one year, after our measly tulip crop had faded, Hippie planted the area with Zinnia seeds.  When I saw the results of this just a few weeks later I fell madly in love with Zinnias (shhh, don't tell the Tulips).  Here's 5 reasons why:

1. They're Easy To Grow

My Laid Back Hippie Flower Child

It isn't hard at all to plant and maintain Zinnias.  Hippie buys a big bag of seeds every Spring, spreads them around, covers them with a little mulch, waters the area occasionally and then we wait for the magic to start happening.  They are annuals in our climate but we harvest some of the seeds and replant them the following year.

Feeling The Zinnia Love

2. They're Beautiful

The Perfect Petals Of A Pink Zinnia

Zinnia's have a lot going for them in the looks department.  They are tall and colorful and have lovely, tidy petals.  We plant a mix of different varieties and they all look great and compliment each other.

3.  They Have A Long Blooming Season

Zinnia Blooms And Autumn Foliage

If you plant Zinnia seeds in Spring you should see them bloom by Mid-Summer and they often remain in bloom well into Fall.  The photo above was taken in Mid-October!

4. They Make Great Cut Flowers

A Variety Of Cut Zinnias In Thrift Store Vases Makes A Casual But Charming Display

The length, sturdiness and beauty of Zinnias make for perfect bouquets and long lasting flower arrangements.

5. Pollinators Love Them

A Busy Bee In Our Zinnia Garden

Zinnias are magnets for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.  Every time I visit my Zinnia garden I know that I will be seeing one or all of these amazing creatures.

Hummingbirds Are Frequent Visitors To Our Zinnia Garden

Do you love Zinnias too?  Or is there another low maintenance flower that you'd like to recommend?  Please feel free to leave a comment below.

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  2. Beautiful, cheerful zinnias! They're like a flower mandala!

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