|Zinnias 'Queen Lime|
Red Heart' in a bouquet.
Zinnia 'Queen Lime Red Heart' is a new one for me. I bought seed from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds based on their great photo and description. The photo shows the variability in color from bright yellow to dusty pink, all with a red center. I like variability in plants--at least in those that I can plant a dozen or so.
That way, I can appreciate and compare the differences. If I only planted one, or even three, it wouldn't be as interesting. Although it was touch and go for awhile when I transplanted the seedlings to their ultimate homes in the ground, I ended up with exactly 12 plants divided into four different growing areas in the garden. Some have been blooming for a few weeks while others haven't opened their buds yet.
I'm really enjoying the different types of flowers that are blooming from one small packet of seed. Some have more red than others on the petals; some are singles while most are doubles. One plant insists on putting out solid green flowers.
|Scabiosa-flowered, or crested Zinnias |
didn't quite turn out as expected.
|Nearly crested Zinnia.|
|Closer to crested Zinnia.|
I guess the bottom line on Zinnias is that you have to commit to growing more than six plants per season. It took me awhile to learn this lesson, as I'm always so gung-ho to grow as many different plants as I can squeeze into my garden, that I've have to limit duplication. When it comes to growing Zinnias, especially the color mixtures, more is better. Which is why I'm growing another 20 plants of Raggedy Ann Mix. I can't wait to see how they turn out.