Blog post: I Dig Onions: Zinnias for color

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Region: Alabama
Jul 17, 2014 10:49 AM CST
I was standing looking at the garden today, thinking I need more color. I thought I wanted some late blooming daylilies, and I was wondering just which ones would bloom late, July, August, Sept. Then as I looked at the garden it hit me. Most of the color was coming form Zinnias...Cannas, Cleome, and just starting to bloom Celosia etc.
I could have tons of color if I would just learn to plant more zinnias. Every year it seems I think I don't have room, then end up wishing I had planted more. Actually I did plant more, but the darn seed form Lowe's just don't seem to germinate very well.
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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
Jul 24, 2014 6:21 AM CST
My dad always had big borders of zinnias planted along his veg garden edge and I dont know why I dont do the same. I think it's because zinnias are sort of "forgotten" flowers....they're old fashioned and everybody wants something new. Also, I remember that the older varieties got a lot of mildew, but I think they've bred some varieties that don't?

I am not too pleased about seed from Lowe's....almost nothing germinated. I wonder if they sit the pallets of stuff in hot warehouses or something? I recommend mail order...Shumways is good, and so is Jung's.

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