In A Vase: Finally, Zinnias

Septembr 8, 2015 vase 009

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We are past Labor Day, that great holiday marking the end of summer in the United States; and finally I’ve cut some Zinnias for our vase.

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September 8, 2015 Vase2 001

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These are lovely Zinnias.  I love their soft but vibrant pink petals.  I’ve admired them every day for weeks now, but have refrained from cutting any to bring indoors.  I’ve only cut off spent blossoms in order to inspire the plants to push out more.

These Zinnias are a tender spot for me.  No, not a warm and fuzzy tender spot.  They are a guilty tender spot.  You see, I bought them.

When the several dozen Zinnia seeds I had carefully ordered and later sowed out in the beds failed to produce; I bought a few potted Zinnia plants from our friends at the local farm stand.  They were so far along that I planted them, pots and all, in a few prominent spots mid-summer.

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Now how much gardening skill does it take to grow Zinnias from seeds??? 

I’ve done it often in the past.  And, in retrospect there are now a few of my home sown Zinnias blooming in the butterfly garden.  But my grand winter plans for rows of Zinnias, ripe for cutting, failed to materialize in the vagueries of spring.

I first sowed the little seeds in wet paper toweling, as I often do with bean seeds, and then planted each little packet into the beds.  Needless to say, it didn’t work well this time….  Next year, back to the trays or little pots for sowing those precious seeds.

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But enough of gardening angst.  We’ll celebrate these lovely Zinnias blooming so vibrantly with the Blue Mist Flowers, Salvia, purple Basil, Pineapple Mint, Catmint and Garlic Chives.  One thing I enjoy about these vases is how I can capture the essence of things blooming all over the garden into one tiny vase.

The Blue Mist flower self seeds, and is also a spreading perennial.  It is popping up in nearly every part of the garden this summer.  I’ve been spreading the Garlic chives around for several years now.  Another self-seeding perennial, they are also blooming in surprisingly random places in the garden at present.

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The “Jade” Buddha was given to us by a friend at Chinese New Year.  I included it today after learning, just this week, the story of the “Emerald” Buddha of Thailand.  This “Emerald” Buddha statue has a long and mysterious history which likely began in southern India in the years before the Common Era, and continues today in modern Bangkok.  The stones were picked up while walking along an Oregon beach.

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The season is turning yet again, and it feels like as good a time as any to ponder our successes and shortcomings of the last few months.  It is a good time to process gardening, and life lessons, learned; while at the same time entertaining plans for the seasons coming.

Another gardening blogger wrote of sketching her cuttings beds for next season, now.  Plans made now will likely be more realistic than those we plot over the winter catalogs in February, don’t you think? 

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I’m building some new beds in the sunny front garden.  I’ve already planted some new Iris roots, and am ready to plant bulbs as soon as some rain comes to soften the soil a bit.

Once the weather turns more towards autumn in a few weeks, I’ll also move some shrubs from their pots to the Earth.  The trick at the moment is to spend enough time watering and weeding to keep things alive until it rains again.

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August 29, 2015 garden at dusk 011

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But despite my failed Zinnias and a half dozen other misadventures this year, we celebrate those gardening efforts which have worked out well.   Gardening offers a series of second (third and fourth…) chances to ‘get it right.’

Though brutal at times, nature also offers us the opportunity to try, try, again each season; in the continual pursuit of our green and growing dreams.

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Please take a moment to visit Cathy at Rambling In The Garden to enjoy more beautiful gardening successes, captured for a moment in time In A Vase this week.

 

Woodland Gnome 2015

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13 responses to “In A Vase: Finally, Zinnias

  1. I love the colors you put together!
    If you’re in need of commiseration, all my zinnas either failed to sprout or were nibbled down and then accidentally weeded out 🙂

  2. I admired you foam flowers before and now I’m really hooked. Watch my site for a neighbor’s HEDGE of Zinnias. Be prepared to choke back your envy, as I have been doing. Love your little cairn of Oregon rocks, as well as your lovely arrangement.

    • Thank you, Rickii. It has been routine to try to keep my envy in check when viewing your photos. At least we all have a little something to enjoy and to share 😉 I keep little OR rocks around everywhere, expecting their magic to pull me back to the west coast sooner rather than later… ❤

  3. Yes, as gardeners we need lots of second chances – now, shall I try zinnias yet again….? Yes, why not! Lovely to see yours, successfully nurtured from plants you have bought, with all the other trimmings. Hope your project, whatever it was, has worked out well

    • Thank you for the good wishes, Cathy. Of course, Zinnias again! I’ll just sow the seeds differently. Zinnias are very sturdy here , and each blossom lasts a along time in the garden and in the vase. Other than a Dahlia, they top my list for saturated color this late in the season. Your bank note inspired my comment about Scotland- It is a lovely season for travel, where ever you find yourselves wandering ❤ Thank you for popping over to visit FG-

  4. I like your arrangements, and I have to find Zinnias, because I found out they naturalized here.

  5. Those zinnias certainly make that vase super-appealing, love that color pink. 🙂
    Do you think the mist flower is overwhelming in the garden? I have garlic chives though I find them pretty, they are a bit too successful and are showing up all over and are not super easy to pull out, I need a shovel to do that. I don’t use them as a condiment as a little goes a long way and I prefer the regular chives for my culinary needs. I’m debating yanking the garlic chives out even though they are so pest resistant they are probably good at deterring pests on their neighbors. Any thoughts?

    • Eliza, we never eat or cook with the chives, either. I put them around plants I want to protect as they deter the deer- at least a little. I think their bulbs and roots help deter rodents, also. The leaves are unobtrusive, but I do love the beautiful flowers when they bloom And of course our pollinators enjoy them, too. Too many mist flowers? Is that possible? Now, the foliage looks somewhat weedy before they bloom. But I love the soft clouds of blue flowers, which play so well off of the Rudbeckia. I let them both naturalize in drifts, happy to have something which grows enthusiastically and won’t get eaten by a stray deer. They grow about knee high. And of course, if they grow where they aren’t wanted, they are easy to spot and pull when they are young. I love that shade of pink in Zinnias, too 😉 Thank you for visiting today. ❤

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