Week of Flowers 2021 – Day Six

I’m joining Cathy at Words and Herbs blog for her second annual Week of Flowers, where we share daily posts of flowers and gardens to give a dose of cheer to those in northern climes, where the short days this time of year are often dark and dreary. It does my heart good to look back to the green and flowery profusion of the summer months. Open to all, feel free to join in by clicking the link above, or simply to see links to what others are sharing.

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44 Responses to Week of Flowers 2021 – Day Six

  1. We can’t be without Zinnias for this week eh? 😁

  2. Dale says:

    These are lovely, Eliza 🙂

  3. Your photos are stunning, Eliza. I’ve never seen a green zinnia. I’m green with envy. 😉

  4. A delightful burst of colors!

  5. So pretty and perky!

  6. Anne says:

    I have always been fond of zinnias.

  7. Cathy says:

    Very pretty. I must grow zinnias again next year. That must be Nicotiana bottom row left? I had some wih white flowers this year and it smells wonderful. 😃

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. My N. alata self-sows in white (or a pink blush) annually. The lime green N. langsdorfii doesn’t seem to self-sow as readily, so I save seed for the following spring planting. I love that species for its color and it doesn’t sprawl like the alata does.

      • Cathy says:

        It was your garden that inspired me to try the white Nicotiana and it was really lovely this year. I will make a note of the green one and look for seed in future. 😃

  8. Bright and sunny, a lovely collection! ☀️

  9. Alice says:

    5-in-1…what fun! Green Zinnia is so different with those green ‘tubes’ in the center.

  10. Cathy says:

    Wonderful zinnias – didn’t used to like them, but have fallen in love! And, as Alice says above, love the ‘tubbie’ petals on the green – what variety is it?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. The pollinators, particularly our endangered monarch butterflies, love zinnias, so I always plant them. They make a great cut flower, too. ❤ The green zinnia is 'Green Envy' and the other green is Nicotiana langsdorfii.

      • Cathy says:

        So I must try ‘Green Envy’! So good to know that the monarchs enjoy them. I follow their story ‘virtually’ from time to time and enjoy Jason’s blog at Garden in the City.

  11. Kris P says:

    How I miss dahlias right now! I miss the “fancy” zinnias too but I have half a dozen yellow ‘Profusion’ Zinnias still going strong in my cutting garden. Apparently, they’re far more impervious to mildew. Who knew? In any case, they keep blooming so I haven’t had the heart to pull them 😉

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Composites are a large, happy floral family which I cannot imagine being without. ‘Profusion’ parentage is Z. angustifolia. which is more resistant than Z. elegans to mildew. This past summer was pretty bad for mildew here. Hot, dry start followed by weeks of rain. Breeders need to work on mildew resistance!

  12. Beautiful images on this wet day when we’re awaiting another storm. I particularly loved day 3.

  13. So good! Time I tried Z. ‘Green Envy’ I think!!

  14. pbmgarden says:

    These are wonderful. That’s one of the best examples of Zinnia ‘Green Envy’ I’ve seen. I may have to try it too.

  15. I love Zinnias of any color, but I do not have good luck with them. I try every year, but I need to do some more research and find out what I do wrong. Maybe I just start them too soon. Out of the batch I grew this year, I had one single bloom. It was beautiful, but …

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They prefer pH of 5.5 – 7.5 in full sun and enriched, evenly moist soil. Drying out early in the season promotes powdery mildew. I hope you have better luck next season, as the monarchs really love the nectar as they migrate south. I always will grow zinnias for them as well as my own enjoyment. 🙂

  16. Wonderful! Flowers have a way of lifting our spirits by their colorful beauty!

  17. Beautiful Beautiful Flowers ❤ ❤ ❤

  18. Jane Lurie says:

    Wonderful close-ups, Eliza. Love that monochromatic green zinnia especially!

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