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Whats growing in our gardens 2011 (With Pics)

Posted by nightnurse21 Caribbean (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 29, 10 at 14:11

I am from the caribbean so there is no cold weather so I have started some seeds indoors but still have quite a few plants oudoors too,most are flowers,lots and lots and lots of orange cosmos,zinnia,impatiens,coleus and some others,hope to upload the pics soon so you will see,come join me


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  • Posted by zenman Ottawa, KS 5b (My Page) on
    Mon, Jan 3, 11 at 2:23

NN,

Lots of cold weather here in Kansas. I "rescued" some of my favorite zinnias as cuttings last Fall before a killing freeze destroyed the plants, and those cuttings are growing indoors under fluorescent lights. The cutting plants have produced a few precocious blooms, that I need to remove to encourage more vegetative growth.

I plan to expand my indoor zinnia growing by planting some seeds as well. This is a close-up picture of one of the zinnia blooms that formed on the cuttings.

Its petals have an interesting sculptured shape with split ends. I save seeds from my favorite zinnias and I cross-pollinate selected specimens as well. I enjoy being an amateur zinnia breeder. That lets me grow lots of zinnias that you could never find in a commercial seed packet. This is a picture of one of my home-hybridized zinnias from my last-year outdoor zinnia garden.

I referred to it as a "Pink Shaggy Dog" zinnia. I saved seeds from it and from its parents, so I hope to have more like it this year in my outdoor zinnia garden. I would like to get a Shaggy Dog strain of zinnias in a complete range of colors. I can grow lots more zinnias outdoors than indoors.

ZM


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RE: Whats growing in our gardens 2011 (With Pics)

Beautiful!!!!


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RE: Whats growing in our gardens 2011 (With Pics)

Chilly here in the Milwaukee area too! Had to respond, I'm a Zinnia Lover! State Fair Mix, Cut & Come Again, Swizzles, Profusion, Zahara...have you tried the Zowies? Just ordered some but won't start till March. Also trying a new mix this year of the Zahara Raspberry Lemonade. Love the pics!


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