In the winter I look at my flower photographs, not only to remember the beauty that isn’t here now, but to bathe in the light of the computer and find hope that this winter will end and there will be a new growing season.

 

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As I look at the photos, I get to revisit the joy of seeing some of my favorite flowers.  Perhaps my most favorite flower is a humble zinnia,  queen of my garden – Queen Red Lime to be exact.

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These photos are of  Queen Red Lime Zinnia.  It has the most amazing colors with a purple center and coloring on the petals. But at the same time a soft lime green color is brightly curled up and pales as the petals open.

 

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The colors are soft, but grab at your heart.  There is a vintage feel, like a faded hand colored antique photo.

 

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Sometimes the colors are darker, like in the cool fall days.

 

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And as the growing season wound down, the bright pinks stood out.

 

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Even the out of focus photos feel like a swirling dance of color.

 

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It’s hard to find Zinnia Queen Red Lime already growing at the plant nurseries.  I have heard some local cut flower growers will be growing it this coming summer.  I can’t wait to see it at the farmer’s markets or stores that sell locally grown. To make sure you will have this queen in your garden, buy the seeds and plant yourself.  The last two photos come from Burpee’s website.  They sell the seed. Territorial Seeds, a company committed to organic and sustainable gardening, also sells the seed.  It is cheaper, and if you are crazy like me, you can buy packages of 100 seeds.

One of my first blogs was “The Winner is Zinnia“.  There are photos and the article I wrote about zinnias in The Healthy Planet a few years ago.  I still think zinnias are the winners of a garden.  I can’t wait to grow some in my garden this year, especially the Queen of my garden. I hope you will too.

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4 Responses to Queen of My Garden

  1. Dear Linda,

    You are amazing: this is absolutely delightful. Beautiful images and thoughts. Thank you so much.

    I just shared this on my Facebook page and hope you get a swirl of visitors from around the world.

    Many warm blessings from dry California…. (sad)…

    Ruth

  2. frances rose says:

    Being such a close friend to dear Ruth as I am, I can tell you that you will receive yes a great swirl of visitors like me from Brasil, were she is so loved and admired. Beautiful Blog, thank you for adding beauty to our lives!!xx

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