Last summer, on one of my seeds/implements/plant jaunts, I came across this attractive packet of zinnia seeds. I wondered whether they'd do well here. But the sales- person assured me that they are very popular with many local nurseries. The labels were all in French.
Visions of a vibrant zinnia patch flashed in my mind and I bought it. But the summer flooding prevented any activity in the garden and I forgot all about the seeds.
As I got my beds ready for winter sowing, I remembered the seeds. I wasted no time in sowing them and was glad to see them germinating and growing. On the label, the temperature was given as 18-20 degrees C. If I'd sowed them in our summer, all the seeds wouldn't have germinated. You can see in the picture on top, one of the first blooms. Many more will follow soon.......
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau