Oh that is a nice picture!Is that a gazinia?Dont forget a photo everyday...check outlulu.com ;)
Hi Clare,Well, it's a zinnia. Maybe gazinia is the Australian term? (I like it!) Zinnias do really well here--they withstand the heat and humidity and lack of summer rain without complaint. I started a few from seed this year, and this was the first one to bloom. They always look so cheerful to me.I once grew a whole patch of "Persian Carpet" zinnias that were gorgeous--tiny flowers in dark shades of orange, maroon, etc. They really did look like a persian carpet. Wow, that lulu.com is pretty neat. Do you have any experience using them or have you seen any of their products? For anyone who's interested in self-publishing, I'd suggest checking it out--they do everything for you. Thanks, Clare!
Ah that's it! zinnia... my brain must be fried oops.They sound fabulous, My mum grows them in her garden.I think lulu looks really good. I want to make a book of my Omas recipes, and for the whole family to have a good copy that is why I am interested in them, the prices are really reasonable too.See I can help too :P LOL!
I don't know why, but I've never planted zinnias. They would certainly thrive here if they love heat and humidity. My yard is full of tropicals--hibiscus, bouiganvillea, palms,etc.--and I think these would look really good with them. Do they grow close to the ground? I need ground cover for one area in particular.
Oh Amy,Your yard sounds gorgeous! Just the words themselves are lovely: hibiscus, bouiganvillea.I know there are lots of varieties of zinnias in all shapes and sizes. I planted two types this year, and one is supposed to get four feet high. I seem to recall growing some pretty short, compact ones once. Check a seed catalog for varieties that they say do well in pots. I like Pinetree Garden Seeds because they sell small packets of high quality seeds at very reasonable prices (most well under $1.00). They're on my links list. So is Baker Creek Heirloom seeds, a wonderful seed company right here in Missouri. I don't remember what their flower selection is like, though. They have all kinds of rare vegetable seeds from around the world.Clare,Lulu sounds perfect for your project!
I would say that now it's my turn to email you some photos to make you jealous, but somehow I don't think my little yard will compare to your spread!! I do have a few pretty flowers, though.
Amy,I think a few pretty flowers are a million times better than no flowers. I only had two daylilies bloom this year, but they were both lovely and thoroughly enjoyed. And this is one of only two zinnias that have bloomed so far. I usually concentrate on the edibles. : )Fortunately I am surrounded by all kinds of wildflowers. They are definitely the best--all of the beauty and no work at all!
Oh, Farmgirl,"Blue" Monday is an understatement -- try BLACK Monday! It was the day from HELL and having this pretty little pink zinnia was a kind, comforting end to a very thorn-filled day. Zinnias are incredible and come in SOOOO many varieties from dwarfs and carpets to large pom-poms that are almost like Mums! Thanks for sharing some of the tranquility for those who have so little....
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