Friday, October 9, 2009

Ama-Z-ing Zinnias!

Any plant which has blooms in shades of pinks/purples/blues is usually a favorite of mine.

My zinnia's earlier this summer were of the 'pink' variety.

I really enjoyed them, and had some in pots on my deck.

I've never been much for oranges and yellows (which is kind of painful right now, as many autumn colors tend to be in those shades). But despite my usual dislike of orange, this has really gotten my attention:

I had sprinkled some seeds in the garden, not knowing what shade they would be. What a surprise to see, and I actually like the colors of the bloom! Next to it are a few more small plants with buds and I'm excited to find out what color they will be!

From now on, in addition to cosmos, (see my last post), I'm adding zinnia's to the annuals I will definitely plant more of next year!  How appropriate that these bright orange blooms are thriving in my garden in October! Maybe I will go out and get some pumpkins now.  Perhaps I've been wrong about orange all this time!

--Today I am thankful for the unexpected orange zinnia which brightened my spirits;-)

Words and photos by Jan Huston DobleThanks For 2 Day.


  1. Zinnias are a favorite of mine, too. I love the huge Cactus flowered ones.

  2. Wow, the yellow & orange Zinnia is absolutely stunning. I also gravitate towards the cooler colours, but there are excepetions. I would be thrilled to add these beauties to my garden. :)

  3. Jan girl .. you have to rethink the orange issue for sure ! LOL
    I haven't had zinnias this pastyear and I miss them .. so thank you for reminding me that they are goregous flowers .. especially the ORANGE ones ! LOL
    PS .. go get some pumpkins, girl !!

  4. I've missed coming by here...I love all Zinnias ..... orange has to be on the right flower for me!!

  5. Hello Jan. I like the orange zinnia too and like you I am not a huge fan of orange either. I love the pink zinnia.

  6. I love the things and try to grow them every summer and they just hate me and refuse to grow ;-) I did have three puny ones come up and the silly deer even ate them. The same with cosmos.Just too stubborn to quit trying.

  7. Amazing pictures. Zinnias look stunning. Great work!!

  8. This is my first year with zinnias (all of my previous homes had shade and I just got around to them here). I am smitten! Totally!

    Love the colors and shapes that you have in your photos!


  9. Hi Jan Lovely Zinnias not a plant I have ever grown. I like you am not a big fan of oranges although in the right spot I do have a few mariglods now and then.

  10. Zinnias and cosmos are my two most favourite annual seeds to plant each year.

  11. Zinnias in any color add such beauty to a garden. And they attract wonderful butterflies. I started planting them last year(sfter many, many years of not) and had more this year. Next year, I am going to sow the seeds I saved and hope to have even more.

    I love the orange! Perfect for fall.

  12. AmaZZZing indeed Jan, I always grow them in my potager, they are like small suns in different colours. Your photos of them are amazzzing too. xoxo Tyra

  13. Orange and yellows flowers in the fall garden are so so pretty and I wouldn't be without them.

  14. Wow, wonderful zinnias and beautiful photographs. I'm not much into orange and yellows either, but they really do add something to the garden.


  15. Hey, we had orange carpet and orange countertops in our house when we moved in. Maybe I should have kept them?
    Love your orange Zinnias!

  16. Jan, I totally agree about the Cosmos and Zinnias. Love them! However, Zinnias get powdery mildew really bad here, so I will have to depend on the photos of yours.

  17. Hi Jan, great pictures, I love Zinnias too but so do the snails in my garden

  18. I love your zinnia's i feel inspired to try some next year! I have never planted zinnias but have always admired them! Your post has me smitten again so they are on the list! They just seem to have a gentle charm to them! Lovely photos!Enjoyed your post! Great job!

  19. I have been pleasantly surprised at how well the zinnias have done this year. I like that two tone orange one! I am not a big fan of orange either, but that one is pretty cool.

  20. I love those zinnias. what's nice is that they give you seeds to plant next year as their flowers fade. yours are particularly beautiful. Hard not to like orange when it is presented like that!

  21. Hello Jan,
    yes I have started a new blog, I had a friend that asked why my other blog did say anything about gardening so I did start a new one that is only about gardening . I am thinking of having it in English too but so far It is mostly in Swedish,

    Cosmos - I have an other shape of colors - do you want me to send some for you?

    Me to did not like orange before but from time to time I change my mind when I find something that is so beautiful.
    Zinnia was the first time this year I had - like it
    Take care my friend,

  22. I had a bed just for oranges, reds, and yellows, which is the round one that was added to to make my larger front yard one. I kept some of the oranges, and added more throughout so there would be a scattering here and there. I was disappointed that the orange perfection phlox were not orange, though.

    I love your zinnias, and that orange and yellow one is awesome!

  23. You definitely have to love orange-so bright and cheery. It is one of my favorite colors in the garden. That zinnia sure is wonderful with the two shades of orange!

  24. Now see...I LOVE orange blooms! That zinnia is beautiful! One of my fav is mexican sunflower...they bloom non-stop all summer. Beautiful family photo, Jan! ;)

  25. Great post. Aren't zinnias fun to take pictures of? Yours turned out so beautiful.

  26. I didn't plant any zinnias this year. that was a big mistake. I missed looking out my windows and seeing their beautiful faces smiling back at me.

    Love your big orange!

  27. Wonderful tribut to zinnias. I especially love your photos of the buds. They do have a special beauty.

  28. I'm glad that Orange is winning you over as it's such a vibrant, lively, zingy, cheery colour and as you can see I love it.
    beautiful photographs! x


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