Saturday, January 24, 2009

Zinnea elegans 'Oklahoma Gold'

Zinnea elegans 'Oklahoma Gold'

Zinnias perform well when the weather gets as hot as it does now, though coming as they do via Mexico, one would expect this of them. Passing a massed display of these bright summer flowers the other day I made a note to come back and photograph them.
Trouble is, all those other summer distractions are keeping us away from the garden...the cricket..the tennis....Tour Down Under ...the at ..(near that bridge) where the bream and whiting are good.
What I like about Zinnias is that they flower till at least June if you keep picking the flowers. They get a bit of mildew on the leaves late in the season but this does not seem to diminish the flower quality. A few years ago, when pastel coloured flowers were all the rage, Zinnia 'Envy' with its pale green flowers was popular. My favourite variety is Zinnea 'Happy Talk' with its spikey flower petals .The cultivar names sure do sound like they are straight out of a Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway Musical starring Hugh Jackman!
Below hot pink Zinneas with Miscanthus grass and Cannas.
Below, .Zinneas and Coleus surrounding Cordyline 'Red Star'

Below yellow Zinneas with purple heart Tadescantia pallida

Pink Zinneas with Coleus

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