Borrowed Zinnias

“Borrowed Zinnias ”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Our good neighbors went out of town and asked us to keep an eye on their house and garden.  Their front garden has a circle filled with zinnias.  They planted some last year and kept the seeds to use this spring.  They have had great success with these flowers.  I would love to grow some too, but, unfortunately, I do not have as much sunny areas as they do.  So, here are some pictures of the borrowed view of their zinnias.







This flower bed with the bright colors just shouts summer.



  1. Krys said,

    July 20, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Aren’t zinnias great? Their colours are just so vibrant!

    Thanks for sharing your neighbour’s garden 🙂


  2. AnnA said,

    July 20, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    It is so pretty and I can enjoy them either borrowed or not. I tried Zinnias this year and had much success. My favorite was Envy in a pretty shade of green.

  3. deb said,

    July 20, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    love the yellow

  4. Jan said,

    July 21, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Krys, I agree. I wish I had space to grow them. They are so cheery.

    AnnA, it is funny you mentioned Envy. I bought a packet of seeds to plant this spring, but I never could find a sunny place to put them.

    Deb, isn’t that yellow great? It really pops in that bed.

  5. July 21, 2008 at 7:48 am

    I love them.~~Dee

  6. Jan said,

    July 21, 2008 at 9:58 am

    They are great, Dee.

  7. Randy said,

    July 21, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Zinnias are beautiful and they come in sooooooooooooooo many different colors. I love them.

  8. Jan said,

    July 21, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I agree, Randy. I remember them from my childhood. It seems that people then grew zinnias everywhere. Now, not as many people grow the big ones, which is a shame.

  9. Alexandra said,

    July 21, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I really love the orange zinnia. The center of it really seems to stand out, too. Hmm…maybe I should plant some of those next year! 🙂

  10. Brenda Kula said,

    July 21, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I planted lots of zinnias, as they are one of my favorite annuals. And not a damned one came up! Love their color!

  11. Jan said,

    July 21, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Alexandra, the bright colors of zinnias always remind me of Mexico for some reason. Bright orange is not a color I would normally like, but, in zinnias, it just seems to go with all the other colors and make a cheerful mixture.

    Brenda, I have heard of other people who have not had sucess with zinnias. I think the ground has to be very warm for them to germinate and do well. They are really a summer flower.

  12. Mary Beth said,

    July 27, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    What beautiful zinnias! I hope you “deadheaded” them to fill a vase so you could enjoy them inside too!

  13. Robin said,

    July 27, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I love zinnias! Mine are just beginning to bloom. The butterflies usually cover them in late summer.

  14. Jan said,

    July 28, 2008 at 5:27 am

    Mary Beth, I agree that there is nothing more cheerful than a vase of zinnas on a kitchen table.

    Robin, zinnas are great for attracting butterflies and bees. In fact, I have seen more honey bees this year than in the past few years which is encouraging since they have been declining.

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