When I was a child, my mother gave me a packet of zinnia seeds to plant in our backyard. I planted them and watched them appear with amazement. I was probably about five years old but I have a strong memory of these bright colored flowers. This was my first gardening success and I was hooked. I am still amazed by what I can grow from seeds.
At the corner of my house in the back I have an open garden space that I fill with zinnias every summer. I plant the seeds in late May or early June, then I carefully watch the seedlings emerge from the tiny seeds.
After a couple of weeks the seedlings are noticeably larger and buds start to appear. Once the July heat and sun work their magic, the explosion of growth is rapid. Suddenly colorful zinnia blooms appear and I am enchanted. I notice every day the variety of colors, shapes, and designs of the blooms. I combine a mixture of seeds in this bed from my favorite zinnia supplier, Pinetree Garden Seeds in Maine.
Pinetree seeds always bloom with spectacular results to produce a gaggle of zinnias. My favorites are Cut and Come Again and Benary’s Giant Mix. And they are giant blooms!
By mid-July, this corner garden has produced dozens of blooms that spill out onto the walkway to the patio. That’s okay; the more zinnias, the better!