Zinnias, Right up to October Snowstorm
Zinnia elegans. What a lovely, simple Latin name. The zinnia cultivar ‘State Fair’, with its 3-foot-tall stems, has given me a lot of enjoyment this fall. (The long stems lend themselves to cut flower arrangements). I got my seed from the Hudson Valley Seed Library, in a gorgeous Art Pack.
The woodchuck “pruned” one patch of my zinnias with his teeth, but the other patch he left alone. Both eventually flowered, but guess which one flowered shorter, and with smaller blooms? Damn you, Chuckles!
I grew my zinnias in so-so soil. It’s sandy and not very fertile, but I did amend with some of my bunny’s “bunure” before I seeded. And I kept those seeds and little seedlings moist in the heat of July and August (I was planting for a fall “crop.”) But mostly, they were not babied, just given a decent head start.
People still take their prize zinnias to the State Fair; fairs are not just for roses. I’ve never had an urge to grow flowers for show, myself.