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Friday, July 29, 2016

Happy Summer Flowers


 I truly love the Zinnia.



It is one of my favorite summer flowers.


Not only are they pretty,
but they last a long time in a cut bouquet.

They are also great for drawing in the bees,
and are said to help a garden grow better.

I have them planted in tires 
by the potting shed.

At both ends for the carrot patch,






And in front of the Art Barn.
I don't think you can plant too many
of these happy go lucky beauties.
They start blooming around here in July
and bloom until frost :)


Another great thing about them
is they grow from seed,
and one or two packages of seed 
will grow a huge row.


Don't they make you want to smile?

Your Blogging sister,
Connie :)
 





 

49 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I, too, love zinnia's. I haven't tried growing them since we moved to the northwest but I always had them in my garden in Nebraska. Next year I'll have to try some of these beauties. Thank you for sharing with us today.
    Blessings, Betsy

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    1. They grow great in our northwest climate :)

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  2. Lovely flowers! I especially love the massed row with the windmill in the background - so sweet.

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    1. I always try to plant some of them among my vegetables . . . they are great for pollination :)

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  3. So pretty!! Love Zinnias.....Enjoy, Janie

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    1. Your Zinnias have added a lot of lovely color to your garden. So pretty and with the added bonus of being able to bring them into the house to add a bit brightness there as well. All from a couple little packages of seed! How can you go wrong? I will have to make a note of that for next year.

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    2. If you plant them I guarantee you with fall in love with this simple old fashioned flower :)

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    1. Thanks . . . they have away of saying, "it's summer, lets have some fun with a colorful wardrobe, today".

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  5. I really love all your colorful Zinnias. What is weird is although I love the colors and all I've never once had one in my garden. Hopefully next year I will change that. You take wonderful care of your place.. you're a real asset to your neighborhood. Enjoy the weekend! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Thank you Teresa . . . you know we have had a few neighbors stop and tell us how much they love the improvements we've made, but with this old place there was nowhere to go but up, LOL.

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  6. Yes, there is something about zinnias! I love them, and yours are beautiful. I would never have thought to put them in pots (or tires). Next year I think I'm going to have to have a bigger flower garden so I can bring some cuttings inside.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. They do much better in the ground than in pots, but tires work well because they are still in the ground (as far as their roots having room), just circled by the tire. I love them for cuttings and like having a small bouquet in the kitchen window . . . I spend a lot of time at that window, LOL.

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    2. I hear ya! I spend a lot of time at my kitchen window too!

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  7. Very pretty, Connie!

    Grace & Peace
    Pam

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  8. I agree that you can't plant too many zinnias. This year I hope to gather seeds from mine for next year.

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    1. I've been wondering about that . . . can you do that or are the seeds so hybrid now that, it won't work :)

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  9. They are so pretty Connie. I have never planted them but you know after seeing yours they will be in my garden next summer. Hugs, LJ

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    1. You will love them; they are so easy to grow and care for. I plant the State Fair variety and by late September they are 5 feet high and still blooming beautifully until frost :)

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  10. Your zinnias look so pretty. I remember that they were the first flowers my Mom let me plant when I was a little girl. I still remember the package they came in.

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    1. They are a great way to introduce children to gardening . . . pretty and easy to care for :)

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  11. They are one of my favorites. Yours look so healthy and beautiful. They match your colorful spirit!

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    1. What a sweet thing to say, thank you . . . that touched my heart :)

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  12. Zinnias are one of my favorite summer flowers, too. In fact, back in May I had bought some zinnias at the garden center (didn't know they were easy to grow from seed - will do so next year!) and little did I know, they weren't the tall variety like I expected. They are more of a spreading low-lying zinnia. But they are still gorgeous - tons of yellow blooms. Do you cut your zinnias and make beautiful little bouquets for the house?

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    1. They are easy to grow from seed and I have found that they do better from seed, at lease in our climate. I love cutting them, in fact the more you cut them and deadhead them, the more they flower. This variety is called State Fair and they can grow to 4 and 5 feet high by frost.

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  13. Connie, your zinnias are so pretty! I've tried growing them from a seed with no luck. Your post makes me want to try again!

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    1. Do try again. They like a sunny spot. Try this variety it is called State Fair. They will grow 4 or 5 feet tall by frost and only require sun, water, deadheading now and then and cutting. The more bouquets you cut off of them, the more they will grow and flower :)

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  14. YES! I'm smiling.
    I like zinnias too. I used to plant them every year with my daughter when she was just two years old up until she was in her twenties! I still have some seeds tucked back in an envelope. I keep thinking I'm going to plant them and see if they grown... You never know!
    by the way, your yard and garden is beautiful-- but that red tire with the pretty zinnia flowers is just too dern cute!

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    1. Oh, I hope you do plant them . . . it would be a sweet surprise for your daughter, too :)

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  15. They certainly do make you smile, I love the beautiful array of colour. Very impressive planting in the tyre it looks amazing.

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    1. Thanks, I needed to hear that. I was hoping that my painted tires would not look too tacky . . . but they work great out among the garden beds :)

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  16. They are like jewels in the garden, so pretty xxx

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    1. Thank you Fran, I never thought of them as jewels in the garden, now I will, each time I look at them. Thank you for that mental picture, so sweet :)

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  17. Oh yes, they are so pretty. I don't have any of these in my yard but I am going to correct that. : )

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    1. You will soon count them among your favorite, too :)

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  18. They are happy flowers. My grandmother always had a zinnia bed right outside her door. I love their buds, too!

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    1. They are an old fashion flower that many people forget about and so easy to grow. I love them for summer cuttings:)

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  19. Connie, your summer flowers are just beautiful ... and yes, pictures like this make me smile.
    Thank you, and enjoy the weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan, thank you . . . I am enjoying my weekend, but the weather is so hot here right now. Last night the wind started to blow and it cool things down a little, so we went out and sat on the front porch before bedtime and enjoyed the breeze while it lasted. Thank the Lord for whoever invented A/C :)

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  20. Such a fun riot of colour! they are super for brightening up the yard and a bonus that the bees love them!

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    1. They are a great bonus for the garden. Lovely for cuttings, too :)

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  21. They are beautiful, we had them at one of the bases when my hubby was in the Air Force and they were great, I don't know why we haven't bought more, they look wonderful there!

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    1. Thank you . . . they are an easy to grow flower and always look pretty in the garden. I was just thinking about digging a small area just outside our fence facing the road and planting some seed next year. I think it would be a pretty treat for all the people driving by.

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  22. thanks for sharing your pics of zinnias! I love them, such a long lasting and clean flower:)

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    1. They are a very sweet, but mostly forgotten old fashioned flower . . . one of my favorites :)

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