growing zinnias: warriors of the flower garden
I'm not sure if it's common knowledge that Zinnias are extremely hardy flowers. But it should be. Because they are. At least mine were this year. In fact, they pushed out (a euphemism for murdered) everything else in their bed. But this turned out to be absolutely fine because the remaining Zinnias were beautiful, plentiful and, as stated before, extremely hardy. I'm actually wondering if they will return next year. There seems to be conflicting information on the re-seeding capabilities of Zinnias, but if we were to place bets I would certainly put down a substantial wager that they will be back next year. Because they seem to be survivors and fighters – warriors of the flower garden.
So I did a little research, and apparently this Mexican native is named after the German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn, who is even more famous for being the first person to accurately draw the human eyeball. Who knew? I wonder if Johann was a fighter, too.In any case, if the Zinnias don't come back on their own next year I will be planting them myself – because I fell in love with them. So much that I would name my own daughter Zinnia (that is if I had a daughter. And if Gerald agreed). Because I like fighters.
Sadly, there is no daughter on the horizon. Maybe it's time to adopt another cat . . .