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Zany Zinnia Sept 1st

I can’t quite believe it’s September already, with the lovely summer we have had it seems quite impossible that we are now into Autumn, and with it the downward turn in the season. Nevertheless, there is still plenty a blooming. A flower I have always grown predominantly for flowering later in the season is the zany Zinnia. An annual flower ridiculously easily grown from seed, starts to flower just as all other high summer annuals are becoming rather tired.

Zinnias fell out of favour for a while with home gardeners, but they are now back in fashion with a vengeance.

ZinniaI grow a variety called Tetra Flowered “State Fair” which is a lovely old series of giant dahlia-flowered zinnias from the 70’s. A time tested winner that performs well in the garden and in the vase, and is great for attracting bees and butterflies to the garden.

The semi-double blooms are large and long-lasting. The blooms grow to around 10 to 15 cm (4 to 5in) wide and come a full range of bright uniform colours including scarlet, pale rose, orange, bright pink and dark pink.

State Fair is a tall and sturdy plant and an excellent choice for garden colour when all else starts to look drab. They have greater tolerance to diseases than other cut flower zinnias. The thick stems are less likely to bend when being cut and the blooms have a longer vase life.

Zinnias are the perfect flower for beginners, they are extremely easy to grow from seed and provide colour from mid-summer to first frosts, keep cutting and they keep reappearing, an absolute ‘must have’ flower in the garden is the old fashioned Zinnia.

I can’t quite believe it’s September already, with the lovely summer we have had it seems quite impossible that we are now into Autumn, and with it the downward turn in the season. Nevertheless, there is still plenty a blooming. A flower I have always grown predominantly for flowering later in the season is the zany Zinnia. An annual flower ridiculously easily grown from seed, starts to flower just as all other high summer annuals are becoming rather tired.

Zinnias fell out of favour for a while with home gardeners, but they are now back in fashion with a vengeance.

ZinniaI grow a variety called Tetra Flowered “State Fair” which is a lovely old series of giant dahlia-flowered zinnias from the 70’s. A time tested winner that performs well in the garden and in the vase, and is great for attracting bees and butterflies to the garden.

The semi-double blooms are large and long-lasting. The blooms grow to around 10 to 15 cm (4 to 5in) wide and come a full range of bright uniform colours including scarlet, pale rose, orange, bright pink and dark pink.

State Fair is a tall and sturdy plant and an excellent choice for garden colour when all else starts to look drab. They have greater tolerance to diseases than other cut flower zinnias. The thick stems are less likely to bend when being cut and the blooms have a longer vase life.

Zinnias are the perfect flower for beginners, they are extremely easy to grow from seed and provide colour from mid-summer to first frosts, keep cutting and they keep reappearing, an absolute ‘must have’ flower in the garden is the old fashioned Zinnia.