I was out taking a stroll around the yard last night and checking on all my babiesthey are all doing so well! The yard just seems like a riot of color right now with all the tiger lilies and false sunflower blooming.
Weve even got color in the vegetable garden this year (aside from all the crazy-colored vegetables Ive mentioned before).
I know I have mentioned before that last summer we participated in the University of Minnesota Master Gardener bean trials. . . we had a great time and got lots and lots of beans. So we decided to participate again this summerthis summer were doing zinnias. There wasnt a lot to pick from, vegetable-wise, and I dont have a system for starting seeds indoors (hard to believe, I know!), so it was really the only thing left. I like zinnias, and in
fact I often plant a row of cutting zinnias in the vegetable garden. (This seems to be my one exception to the non-cutting problem I havefor some reason I dont have a problem cutting annuals from the vegetable garden.)
So, like last year, I saved two rows of precious vegetable garden space for the massive amount of zinnias I knew were on their way. (Are you sensing something coming here?) We got the seed packets in the mail. . . six varieties, as promised. Six little brown packets, with FIVE TINY LITTLE ZINNIA SEEDS IN EACH. Can you just feel my disappointment and dismay? TWO ROWS I saved for THIS?? And wed already planted everything else, we had just been waiting for the zinnia seeds to come to complete the planting of the vegetable garden.
So, fineI planted them. And then I went out and bought four more tomato plants and some cucumber seed to plant on the ends and edges of the rows so the space wouldnt be
But now theyre blooming, and they really are nicewe had a really amazing germination rate, as weve got 4 or 5 growing of each variety. And they are some nice sturdy
varieties in some kind of interesting colors. But I dont really feel like I can cut them.