Kim and I just finished catering a wedding rehearsal dinner. We visited with the bride back when the wind was cold and snow was on the ground. She wanted a cheery look, and we both thought of Zinnias as the centerpiece flower. I thought it would be fun to try to grow them in mass and provide the centerpieces as our gift to the bride and groom – harmless, I thought.
The first part of May came, and I planted 10 packages of Zinnia seeds, all of varying shapes and sizes, in a row in my vegetable garden. Expecting a bumper crop in everything in the garden, I set out in early spring with high hopes – just like every
gardener does every spring.
Then June came – and extremely high temps for Kansas – and I pulled the radishes, peas, and green onions. I lost my broccoli and cauliflower to moles (I guess they need to eat, too).
Then July came – my cucumbers provided a few cucumbers before the plants gave way to the heat. My tomatoes (24 plants) had 5 tomatoes on them. I have yet to pick a tomato. Oh, also for the first time in my 30 years of gardening, a mole – or a family of
moles – ate 7 of my tomato plants. (This is a good story for another post.)
Now, do I sound pessimistic? I hope not. Just the way life was this year.
Now to the real star of the story – my ZINNIA row. Oh my goodness, every time I went out to my garden there was my Zinnia row, always looking happy, always growing and now blooming like they had not a care in the world. I would talk to them and tell them to hang in there until the wedding, I would cut their blooms so more would grow for the wedding. And you know what,
they listened – they were the perfect garden flower. They were my hope for my garden.
We tried to keep count of how many blooms we have picked this summer, and I think we are up to over 700. My little flower of hope is still going strong. As you can see by the pictures. how can they not put a smile on your face? For fun I am going to
keep track of how many flowers I pick out of the 10 packets of seeds.
So if next Spring comes and you happen by the garden section and see
a little packet of Zinnia seeds in the stand, pick one up. For around $2.00 and little care, you can harvest “hope”
all summer long!!