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Easy Annual Flowers Bloom All Summer

By RickCorey
January 20, 2014

Common "easy" annual flowers produce lots of blooms and are very forgiving of soil, climate, and lack of experience.

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Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Jan 19, 2014 9:00 PM CST
They might just be the most cheerful flowers on earth! Hilarious!
Anyway, I love 'em and always have a few, plus a few extra because sometimes the seedlings are devoured by my spring snail crop and I don't ever want to miss the flower power that really takes off in the late-summer/fall. (of course I could say the same for alyssum, and their volunteers, plus they smell good Smiling and aren't too thirsty)
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jan 20, 2014 2:15 PM CST
I really do love zinnias also. They are my favorite annual.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Jan 20, 2014 2:16 PM CST
Somehow Alyssum totally escapes being eaten by my Slug Army.

That was how I found them: I planted a mix with dozens of flowers in it. The only two that were not eaten were Alyssum and Siberian Wallflower.

Siberian Wallflower (Erysimum marshallii)

Zinnias seem survive with only a few bites, but I've started them indoors, and only put them out when pretty big. That isn't necessary with Zinnias, but it does frustrate the slugs.

Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jan 20, 2014 2:19 PM CST
Have lots of slugs here also but have never noticed it stopping the zinnias from growing.
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Jan 20, 2014 4:30 PM CST
A few years ago I planted a flat of good-sized zinnias around the porch, plus here, there, and everywhere there seemed to be a space. Next day they were gone. Just nubs. Then I discovered a bumper crop of snails--big ones, lots of 'em--and they must have overwintered and woke up hungry. They weren't eating the daffodils or the yuccas --go figure--but they devoured the zinnias immediately.
Constant battle with my irrigation water. Too bad there's not a market for the snails in these parts. Oh well, the birds enjoy them--smashed and fried on rocks.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 20, 2014 4:46 PM CST
Where I live, slugs seem to made of anti-delphinium. Forget starting them in the ground, or even hardening them off on a table on the porch. As soon as i put a seedling outside and turned my back, they disappeared to the soil line.

I had to put them out much bigger and surrounded by slug bait. Once the plants got big enough (?? 1-2 feet??) they became safe and didn't even collect "slug bullet-holes".

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