Zinnia Greeting

Greeting me in the morning.

They are burnished with brown on those bright colors, and petals curling now at the end of October, but just a few weeks ago they still greeted me, washed with sunlight, over the deck railing when I stepped out each morning. I haven’t grown zinnias in years and decided to toss some seeds into an old aluminum barrel planter because I’ve been reworking all my gardens. Up they came and began blooming in July. These tallest ones bloomed first and stood all summer into autumn; these photos were taken at the beginning of October.

zinnia flowers
Still bright at the beginning of October.

I had always thought they were hybrids of plants from some other land, but realized this year they really are native to North America, not usually this far north, but no wonder all the bees and butterflies were all over them. I miss them already, but I also know what I’ll be planting more of in the sunny areas.

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