When I was a little girl we had a HUGE garden complete with a fence covered in concord grapes as a divider across the entire width of the back yard and a garden gate. I spent many a hot, sweaty, dirty afternoon working while Dad supervised aka sat in the shade smoking a camel non filter and giving directions. I learned to plant, hoe, weed, and harvest. There was a small area that was just mine and each year I chose to plant gladiolus, gladioli, gladiola or however you choose to spell it. I haven’t had glads at this house until this year. In the middle of a drought, at the end of a stressful and emotionally taxing week complete with a 3 day headache, Daddy sent me this in the garden. I miss you Dad!
I puttered in the Garden this morning. I set my chipmunks must go trap. I pulled dill and cilantro, sprayed the veggie garden for diseases and noticed the many shades of pink my Zinnias are producing. The teeny tiny white one with the barely noticeable pink stripes is the Zahara Starlight Rose finally blooming. I also have teeny tiny ENVY blooms in the lightest of lime green.
Happy Tuesday Lovies, enjoy some sunflowers!
This is a first look at this year’s Zinnia crop. I planted a bunch of varieties in my usual way of keeping very bad track of what kinds are planted where. I tend to do this with all my plants, it makes for nice surprises when plants start yielding vegetables or flowering, but it sure doesn’t make for very precise identification in my garden posts.
Last year I kept it very simple with some Cut and Come Again’s in the retaining wall bed and a packet of some kind of big or giant mix down by the bird feeders. I tried letting them go to seed and then collecting and re-using, but I don’t think it has worked very well. For documentation’s sake these are the varieties I planted:
Envy- 0 so far have bloomed, unless the pink and lime green ones are actually ENVY, but all online images show them totally lime green so I have doubts.
Bupeeana Giants Mix
Burpee’s Big Tetra Mix
Giant Flowered Mix
Zahara Starlight Rose
They are divided among 4 different beds, only 3 of which are blooming. The bed on the side of the house with the Starlight Rose in it is apparently slow or shy. It also seems like I didn’t get very many plants out of the seeds this year, not sure what I did wrong, perhaps lack of water for germination? It is early so maybe it will all be stupendous before August arrives. That is if the earth doesn’t combust from the scorching ridiculous crazy heat wave most of the USA is dealing with. Below is what has bloomed so far, with a few sunflower and rose pics thrown in.
- Zinnia Tower (sharonong72dmcihomes.wordpress.com)
Mother Nature can be my friend again. 4 stages of the Oklahoma Cherry ( I think) Zinnia. My zinnia crop is not very plentiful this year, but what is blooming is stunning.
This is my last photo a day, after 5 months I’ve had quite enough. It is time for a break.