Gallery Get the reflective kind. Here’s a nice red zinnia, a butterfly favorite as you can tell from the photo. One of the contributors to the book, "Flower Breeding and Genetics" suggested that zinnias would look better if their plants had narrower leaves that ended in a sharp point. You can also find GrowingTheHomeGarden on YouTube so hop over there and subscribe for a video version! My current favorites are the needle petaled zinnias and the exotic flowered ones, as in these two photos. I don’t know how I have been without them! The young even test the verbena but like the Zinnias we're most talking butterflies and clear-winged moths. As the Monarch Butterfly Garden website states: "Zinnia flowers are a must-plant annual for the butterfly garden and a favorite flower of monarchs, swallowtails and those hyper-winged hummingbirds." Those colors are just so bright. Well, you will be able to harvest your seeds and package them some way, and get some idea how many seeds you have produced. I don't really know if these would behave as annuals in Florida, but thats how they behave up north in Illinois. ", I think that link started at the very beginning of the It can be fun to breed your own zinnias. I'm going to grow it next year and see what happens. And you might also want to go for a whole range of colors with white centers. " The exotics come in several variations, but all make it evident that individual zinnia petals are actually flowers. (Aff. I will also throw a gratuitous photo in this message, so I will click on the Photo icon in the row of icons below my message. I suppose you could drape some bird netting over your zinnias to keep the birds out. And do you just brush against it at the top or do you need to push it down in the middle of the stigma? Why Not All Flowers Are Hummingbird-Friendly . We probably should continue this conversation over at, It can be fun to breed your own zinnias - Part 54. Can You Start a Plant Nursery With No Money? Your pic doesn't look the same as those. Zinnia are among the easiest of all annual flowers to grow, with bright bloom colors that make them a favorite of hummingbirds and other pollinators. The hummingbirds don't seem to mind them, but the seed-eating birds do? A Review of the Greenstalk Vertical Planter, Fall Plant Propagation Updates: How my Summer Cuttings Rooted, How to Propagate Peppers for Overwintering. Muck Boots can be Great Gifts for Gardeners! This was a photo of my South Garden, taken a few weeks ago. It was at least brand new... yeah- pretty much a fail. Good luck with your zinnia operations. I will include some photos for ideas, have fun planting, creating and enjoying. If you look closely at a pollen floret, you can see whether the internal stigma has emerged yet. If somebody, including yourself, "beat you to it" the previous day, the stigma will be showing signs of wilting and dying. All girly girl dark pink with her tiara of gold! I do want to use queen lime (the green one) I will have to do that a little later. do I use magenta's floret on queen lime's stigma? Zinnias are very forgiving!Yellow Zinnia, They even come in brown! Of course they are always attracted to anything red, so they always investigate, but can they truly get nectar out of a zinnia ? My two grandmothers always had the most beautiful Zinnias in their gardens. I have reflective pinwheels spinning, and they seem to have kept the seed eating birds at bay. He gave my kids used books that were from the house too, they weren't good ones, or of any interest to them, or first additions. And, when you look closely, you may discover that zinnias can be full of surprises. 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