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 Zinnia

 Zinnias are hit or miss for me.  When they do well, they look great.

When they don't do well, they look dry and faded out, like construction paper left in the sun.  That's why I don't like zinnias as much as most other annuals.  I grow them though, every year. 

This was a particularly nice one.  I don't know what kind, I didn't label it.   This year I am growing from seed Giant Cactus, Lilliput, Canary Bird, Pink Senorita, Candy Stripe, Lilac Empress, Inca, Aztec Burgundy, and semi-dwarf Pumila.  Quite a bit for someone who says she doesn't like them much!  I hope it's one of their "good years."


 

Oh, here's one that was a big disappointment.  It's called "Green Envy" and some people grow it on purpose.  I just found it to be a colorless zinnia.  I bought it just as a "zinnia" from the FFA sale at the high school, hoping it would be brightly colored.

 

Zinnia, Creeping

 Cute, and didn't look half bad hanging over the edge of pots, but I'm not growing it again unless it comes up as a volunteer.  Very slow going, this photo was in October.


 ZZZZZZ
 
Bees can't fly well if the temperature drops  beflower 50 degrees F, so if they are out too late in the evening they huddle near nectar sources, where it can be 18 degrees warmer.  
 

 
BuZZZZZY Busy Bees
 



 
 Super busy buZZers!
 
 
That brings us to the end of another April A to Z  Challenge!  I hope you enjoyed the photos of my flowers A to Z (and one of my mother's O for Oxalis). 

Coming up next week will be a peek into the garden areas where I grow/grew these A to Z flowers.

Comments

  1. I don't know if I've ever seen a zinnia.
    You had some great photos for A to Z.

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    1. Thank you. Zinnias are pretty easy annuals to grow.

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  2. That's a beautiful shade of purple! And I adore the bee pictures. It has been lovely to follow your theme this month :)

    The Multicolored Diary

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  3. Perfect. I love zinnias and have actually grown them myself with success, which is odd because I usually kill every plant I even look at lol. Congrats on finishing the challenge!

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  4. I DID enjoy your beautiful flowers and photos. And today's plethora of bees filled me with double the delight.

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    1. The bee-filled artichoke was so amazing. I think I like the enjoyment of seeing the bees in them more than eating them!

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  5. Zinnias are so reliable for us, yet I grow a fraction of the varieties you do. We use them for cut flowers and I have to admit that the green Envy disappointed me the few years I grew it. Bees - nice use of "Z", what a welcome buzzing sound that is in this era of bee population decline. Congratulations on surviving another A to Z.

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    1. Oh, a fraction of what I sow makes it to flower. Despite the photos, I'm not a fan, they are too dry for my taste. You know what I mean, the petals and all are stiff.

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  6. I know very little about flowers/plants in general but those are some great photos of some pretty flowers, I especially like the second image :)
    Congratulations at finishing your A-Z Challenge!
    My A-Z in April is all about characters I love. Latest post: Z is for Zorro.

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    1. Thank you. Congratulations to you too!

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  7. I love zinnias, they are beautiful. But they don't like me and do nothing but die...
    Congratulations on completing beautifully the challenge, your garden is amazing! You are a very good gardener with wonderful flowers, and lot of bees to come and visit ;)

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    1. Thank you. I do have lots of bees, but very few butterflies, which I can't figure out.

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  8. The red-orange zinnias have an intensity few other flowers match. I agree that green flowers are boring. We have foliage for that.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge!
    Black and White: Z for Zerzura

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    1. They do, yes. Good point for why we don't need green flowers!

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  9. The close-up on the bees was wonderful! I chuckled at the sentence that you're planting a lot of zinnias for someone who doesn't like them :) maybe you do!

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