Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Zinnias!

Zinnias! This year is my first time ever to plant zinnia seeds...my dear friend Elaine and I saw some gorgeous ones last October at a pumpkin farm in Arkansas, so I put them on my mental "must try" garden-list...I'll have to admit, I wasn't too impressed with them at first...they were kind of straggily-looking for quite a while... They must love sun and HEAT, though, because now they're robust and blooming profusely...(even without the Miracle Grow...I just gave them some last night, so who knows...it may be "Katie bar the door" in a couple of weeks! I'll keep you posted!) ~ :)

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I set these up out on the front porch yesterday afternoon late, just as the sun was starting to set...you can see that glow on them!
I think this looks like a watercolor (top), don't you?

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SOMEONE needs to do a Rain Dance here...it is SO dry...(I saw our little Missouri Bootheel colored in red for "severe drought" on the national news this morning)...we just can't seem to water enough.

Things are hanging in there, but barely...our tomatoes and squash are still producing amazingly well, though some of the plants look pit-i-ful...

The cotton looks good, however ~ because it's planted around every subdivision and farmer's "holdout" inside the city limits, it's the only crop I've seen. Farmers have to be suffering, too, though.

Almost every day for the past couple of weeks it clouds up and looks like it might rain, but it always passes over...

Soon, hopefully...fingers crossed!

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday! Wish us a rainy one!

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25 comments:

sweetvintageofmine said...

LOVE your Zinnias! Too pretty! I only have 3 plants and they are o.k. Every year I tell myself, I'm going to plant oodles of them around my vegetable garden..I planted 3 this year??!! The vase is a gorgeous added touch. From one sweetie to another...Roxie

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Those zinnias look gorgeous! Such pretty colors. We have heat and humidity today. At 9:30 am it's already 108 degrees. Ugh! I hope to try planting more veges and flowers when our winter season rolls around (December). :) Have a great day. Tammy

It's me said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today..rain ??.....i will send you that will you please send me the sun ???...love Ria....like your blog too....xxx..

June said...

We have had plenty of rain ... if only we had some sun!
Love the photos!
June

Snap said...

I love zinnias. My Granny always planted z's every year and every time I see one, or look into my garden (yes, I have a few) ... I'm reminded of her. Drought ... a horrible word. We went through extreme drought last year and I am still watching trees die despite the rain that we have had this year. And some say there is no global warming...........................

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

They look lovely, and the first pic does look like a watercolour. I had the same response to them as you did the first time I planted them, but once they get established they are a treat.

Kathryn Ross said...

Oh, you give me hope! We planted zinnias from seed this year for the first time, too, and they are sort of in the scraggy stage - just one huge bloom and lots of green leafy stuff - but multiple blooms are our hope. Though, I always worry about clipping them - that they won't bloom again and I'd be left with big old green stalks of leaves! Yours are lovely!
Joy!
Kathy

Barbra Joan said...

Hello Anne, thank you for coming to my blog and in turn I found you.
Love it ... I'm sending rain from Florida. !!! ok off to see the rest of your blog. BJ

jaz@octoberfarm said...

the zinnias are gorgeous! same here with the weather. endless sun and heat and not a drop of rain!

Chatty Crone said...

I love the photos of your zinnias. I also love the border around your photos! sandie

Gina said...

Pretty photos of your beautiful zinnias! I love them because they are such pretty pops of color. We are in need of rain also. I've never in all my life seen the grass not green in the Summertime.

CraveCute said...

Your site is beautiful and I love zinnias, such happy flowers! I'm following back.... used to live on the North Side of Kansas City. It is almost as hot here in Minnesota these past few weeks as Missouri!! Stay cool! ~Diane~~

Jacqui Wise said...

Your flowers are beautiful and so are your photos.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I love the bright and happy colors of zinnias and yours are just stunning!

Arlee Bird said...

Maybe I should try zinnias in my backyard. If they don't require any care they should do just fine.


Lee
Tossing It Out

ShabbyChicShaz said...

What gorgeous flowers, I might have to put them on my list of flowers to try next year. Someone over here seems to be constantly doing a rain dance, wish I could send you some of our British rain, lol :)

Debra said...

Your art work and photos make me happy inside...

Em-Musing said...

Hi, thanks for your comment and following me. I'm following you too now via email. LOve your photos. And the zinnias in that pitcher is beautiful.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hi Anne! Thanks for the follow.
Google Reader is a much easier way to manage the blogs you follow. If you add blogs directly into the Dashboard, it does max out at three hundred. But you can still add more by clicking the GFC or adding them to your Google Reader. Give it a try - think you'll really like using it.

Dee said...

Hi, You put a smile in my heart when I found you as a new follower to my humble little blog. You have an impressive , wonderful blog and I will enjoy visiting you. I pray you receive your rain soon...The Zinnia's are hearty little beauty's and add the color we all need right now. Dee

Nellie said...

Zinnias are such good cut flowers! We always had them when I was growing up.

Sending wishes for rain for you. We have had some just about every day for the past week. I fear it's a bit too late to do the corn much good, though.:(

xo Nellie

NanaDiana said...

Love you zinnias- Do you know I have never grown them either? Love yours! We finally got some rain yesterday- First measurable rain this summer- xo Diana

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Anne: Things are sure strange weatherwise all over. Some are building arks and some are turning to dust. Mother Nature needs to get her **^% together. Your zinnias do not look like they are suffering though. They are just beautiful and one of my favorites for arranging..Happy Wednesday..Judy

allisamazing said...

Your zinnias are absolutely stunning!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Beautiful. I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu