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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

French Zinnias



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.......

11 comments:

tina said...

You're going to have a bounty of beautiful colorful flowers very soon!

Mildred said...

Hi Kanak, I love zinnias. These were my grandmother's favorites and she had a little spot for them underneath her kitchen window. They always remind me of her. Thanks and have a nice day.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

I love the flowerbed as you enter your gate with all of the different plantings and the rocks. It is so pretty. Don't you just love the Tipsy pots? I have two different ones. One with just the clay pots and another where I painted the pots. I love crafty ideas! Thanks for following my blog.
Lona

Susie said...

I don't think you can ever go wrong with zinnias. They provide such beautiful color and by the looks of that package I'd say you'll be having lots of pretty colors.

That first bloom is certainly eye-catching.

Chandramouli S said...

They'd look gorgeous in profusion, Kanak! Good luck. Your first bloom looks lovely

Kanak Hagjer said...

Good morning all.

Tina and Mildred....I'm really looking forward to more colour in my yard. And Mildred, thanks for sharing this fact about your grandmother.

Hi Lona, those painted pots must be so beautiful! I'm thinking of putting up another one too.
Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comment.

Susie, that's what I felt too. That orange does call out!

Chandramouli, thank you so much!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

It will be beautiful Kanak. I have them in my potager every year, they are so colourful and durable as well.

xoxo Tyra

Linda Lunda said...

AWSOME!!!
The zinnias are so sweet.
Linda

Carla said...

Zinnias will be in my front bed this year, where, hopefully they (and the marigolds) will re-seed. Love these colors, I hope they really out do themselves for you.

perennialgardener said...

All those colorful blooms are going to attract many happy butterflies to your garden! Can't wait to see this patch of pretties when they are all in full glory. :)

Kanak Hagjer said...

Tyra/Linda/Carla and Racquel,

This morning I spent a great deal of time on my zinnia patch. The butterflies are already here and I was hovering more than they did! Maybe over the next few weeks I'll see many mnay more....