One of my most favorite annual cottage flower is Zinnia, but only one mind you, because there are Cosmos, Salvia and Cleome to name just a few more. These flowers provide my garden with abundant blooms.
Zinnia flowers bloom in many different shapes and sizes, and in every color except blue. They are hardy in all U.S. planting zones too.
Zinnia flowers that have one row of petals and a visible center are known as single flowers. The daisy-like zinnias that Spanish colonists first noticed in Mexico were single-flowered plants.
Double Zinnia full of orange vibrancy and gorgeous. In 1856, French collectors introduced double-flowered zinnias. This type of zinnia has many rows of petals that completely cover the center of the flower.
Zinnia elegans “Candy Cane” grows up to 24 inches tall and has 3-inch wide double flowers. Its color combinations range from white with bronze streaks to yellow mixed with pink.
Semi-double flowers, such as lime-colored Zinnia elegans “Envy” have multiple rows of petals with a visible center.
But whatever shape or color I love them all just the same.
They hold their own in my cottage garden and can take any kind of hot weather you may send their way…
They are pretty intertwined with Phlox..
Or nestled amongst the Salvia and Cleome.
Or clustered in a grouping.
It is said that zinnias symbolize thoughts of absent friends…
There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.
–The Language of Flowers, London, 1875
With all the craziness going with the remodel we headed out with Minnie for a weekend getaway. We went farther then we wanted (5 hour drive) but we felt compelled to be by the water.
It was our first time at the campground and it was right on Lake Erie. When you woke up in the morning, right outside our windows, was this gorgeous view.
The blue skies were gorgeous and the water warm. My face and shoulders have a rosy red sunburn.
Most of the weekend I walked on the beach and swam in the water. The weekend was perfect!
Getting away is a good thing and soothed our mind and soul.