I fell in love with zinnias the year I was planning my wedding. My anniversary is at the end of July, so when planning floral arrangements, I learned that zinnias were a colorful choice that bloom at that time in the northeast. My wedding was an outside, garden wedding and the zinnias were perfect.
Every year I tried to grow them, however, I never had any luck! I would get a few that would bloom very late in the summer, but it would never equate to all the seeds I had planted.
Last year we moved to a new house. There is different soil and a lot of sun. I tried, like every other year for the last decade, to plant a bed of zinnias. This year I had success! I love their happy little faces bobbing in the breeze. They look like summer to me. I love that when you cut them, more shoot off the stem.
Pumpkin spice is out now (and I do love pumpkin anything), but for now I’m going to soak up the sunshine, what’s left of summer break here in New York, and enjoy my zinnias. Fall can wait.