My faith in the late summer garden was renewed during a recent trip to Georgian Bay. The proprietor of the local LCBO, marina, filling station, and grocery had surrounded most of her property with containers of the most vibrant zinnias I have ever seen. There was also a small garden tableau featuring zinnias and other plants, as well as rocks, gnomes, and other decorative elements. Not my thing, but it worked for her.
I wonder if zinnias from seed would be less susceptible to the mildew that my zinnias have fallen victim to. It’s not terrible, as it mainly affects lower leaves, but it is unsightly. I also wonder if seeds would provide all the brilliant color and shape selections I noticed on her property. Hers were truly remarkable and I hope to upload some pictures soon. (I have to rely on friends’ documentation).
Normally I have no patience whatsoever for seeds. Without an indoor set-up, ours is far too short a season for most of them. Some, such as nasturtiums, morning glories, and a few others work OK here, but I’ve never been too excited about the whole process. It’s fun for kids— the wonder of a large plant emerging from such a tiny source, all that.
But—next year—maybe zinnias will turn me into a seed believer.