Monday, December 29, 2008

Z is for Zinnia

Dad always planted zinnias near the vegetable garden to attract the bees and butterflies.


I remember being allowed to pick zinnia bouquets whenever I wanted, which is probably why I love this flower today.


The full, double blossoms are my favorite.


The bright colors make me smile.


I'm dreaming of a zinnia garden for next year, like the one from my childhood, with butterflies and bees and cut zinnia bouquets for the table all summer long.

17 comments:

  1. Such beautiful flowers - I love zinnias as well. I've been looking at the new seed catalogs, envisioning flower gardens to plant in the spring when the snow is gone :)

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  2. Zinnias sound like a great idea! I think I'll have to plant some this year as well.

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  3. What a joy to see a picture of zinnias in December! We have dreary wintery weather in PA.

    My grandparents always planted zinnias as well - I need to add these to my wishlist for my 2009 garden.

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  4. Zinnias! I love them, especially the more orange ones....I was trying to find a pen to write down the name in my gardening journal for the summer...but no luck :-( I'll keep searching :-D

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  5. Such pretty pictures and a wonderful memory to share. Thanks!

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  6. Zinnias are one of my favorites!

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  7. I love zinnias too. The zinnia garden of my dreams is a bit farther off than this summer....hope to see your pics later on.

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  8. Zinnias are on my favorite list too. In fact, I think I'm going to copy you and plant a bunch of zinnias this year. I carelessly threw some zinnias seeds in my garden last year, but only a couple of them came up. They were the prettiest flowers in my garden though, and by August the ONLY flowers still looking happy.

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  9. I TO LOVE ZINNIAS, SO DOES MY HUSBAND. HE HAS BEEN KNOW TO TURN UP A NEW PATCH OF GROUND JUST TO PLANT ZINNIAS IN IT. I USED TO GO TO THE NURSING HOME A LOT AND WOULD TAKE LITTLE BOTTLES OF ZINNIAS IN TO PEOPLE. I JUST WRAPPED MATERIAL AND A RIBBON AROUND A LITTLE BOTTLE THAT I WOULD HAVE PUT IN THE TRASH. IT MADE THE PEOPLE SO HAPPY WHEN YOU GAVE IT TO THEM. I REALLY MISS MY VISITS BUT IT'S JUST SO HARD TO DO ANYMORE. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

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  10. Such lovely colour. They are indeed beautiful.

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  11. I like zinnias because their blooms last a long time both in the garden and when in a bouquet.

    Thanks for bringing a burst of color into my winter world.

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  12. The Zinnia photos are lovely! My mother often grew zinnias.

    Now that you are all the way to Z, what's next? I look forward to finding out.

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  13. I love zinnias and their bouquets just last and last and last.

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  14. Hi there! So glad to catch up with you at last...Hope you all have had a lovely holiday season. Zinnas...those are such cheerful flowers--just love them, especially those fluffy, layered double ones! We're just back from our Christmas trip and getting over the jet lag and settling in...ringing in 2009 will be quiet here-LOL! Wishing you & yours love & joy in the New Year! ((HUGS))

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  15. nice Z :-)
    I always loved zinnias - such a happy little flower!

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  16. I love flowers that have that old fashioned feel and convey warmth and cheer me up every time. I shall have to put these on my to do list.

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  17. Me Too!! I love the cute Zinna flower. I had loads of them in my garden this past year. The hummingbirds loved them too.

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~Tracy