Deborah Jean of DANDELION HOUSE BLOG
Deborah Jean of DANDELION HOUSE BLOG
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Zinnias in Bloom


Zinnias and are coming on strong at Dandelion House this week. I've had the best luck sowing seed directly in my raised beds. This year's patch is a mix of Grandmas Heriloom Zinnias, Cactus Zinnias, Cut and Come again, and Candy Stripe. The neighborhood bees were filling up their pollen sacks during my photo shoot. They didn't seem to mind my buzzing around the flower beds while they had lunch.
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zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening
zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening
zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening
zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening
zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening
zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening
zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening
zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening
zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening
zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening
zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening
zinnias in bloom, flowers, gardening

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  • Jeanette S
    on Aug 9, 2013

    We always had Zinnias when I was a kid and I ADORE THEM! Cut one to put in a vase, the stem divides and 2 more grow! The more you cut them, the more you get. However, I have tried Zinnias a couple of times and they do not seem to want to grow well. Is it because I don't start them inside first? I get a few straggling plants but nothing worth the effort! Is there a particular brand to buy? I remember cultivating seeds as a kid to plant the following year, but I don't exactly remember how we did that. Do you leave some flowers to dry on the stem? Or do you take the petals where the seeds are at the end of them and lay them out to dry?

    • @Jeanette S Hi Jeaneette. This is my second year growing zinnias in raised beds. The first year I started some in my greenhouse with little success. I learned that they like to be sewn directly after danger of the last frost. They like a nice sunny spot and need to be watered regularly for proper germination. They are such a fun summer annual to grow and so full of the colors of summer! I don't do much with the dried flowers, but I cut them like crazy for arrangements.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 9, 2013

    What a great celebration of a summer all-star.

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