Zinnias are wonderful cut flowers, like sweet peas the more you cut, the more they flourish and they are so long lasting in a vase. They go on blooming until the first frosts. I started growing them when I saw them on other blogs. I don’t know why I never thought of it before. There are so many wonderful varieties that choosing the seeds is difficult. I think this one; Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’ is antiquey looking and darkly sophisticated. The spikes of Persicaria amplexicaulis are a perfect match. I thought the fluffy seed heads of Pennisetum alopecuroides go well with them too. This grass obligingly seeds around so I can have it all over.
Last year I grew a mixed selection which were bright and cheery but I think I prefer single colours.
I want to grow lots more next year, but which ones to choose? It would be lovely to hear which varieties other bloggers particularly enjoy. I am very taken with the lime green one that my friend, Christina at myhesperidesgarden grows. That one is definitely on the list.
I grow a lot of salvias, I love them and they are so easy from cuttings. I have been meaing to do a salvia post but now it is a bit late, some of them are looking past their best. But here is a cheery posy of some of my favourite varieties.
This year I grew some from seed that I collected from my favourites. They germinated readily and I was looking forward to some exciting new varieties. To my surprise every one turned out to be the bright red of Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’, like the one in the centre of the picture above. Very nice but I don’t need twenty identical red salvias.
My last vase today contains Nasturtium ‘Black Velvet’. It doesn’t look very black to me , more mahogany, but that is what it said on the packet.
So that is my three vases today. It is nice to have an abundance of flowers to pick in late October. Next month might be a bit more challenging once we have had the first frost. Please see what lovely Cathy at ramblinginthegarden and the rest of the vase fillers have been up today.