Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Zinnia and the cage




zinnia

 There is one plant at the side of the caged tomato.  Flowers are at various stage, and for a change, I pick  cage as the background for Zinnia.

a little bit   about Zinnia
For decades, zinnias have been the flowering annual of choice for spreading glorious colors throughout the garden as well as for cutting to bring indoors. But it wasn't always so. When the Spanish first saw zinnia species in Mexico, they thought the flower was so unattractive they named it mal de ojos, or "sickness of the eye!" What changes have been brought about over the years since--in flower colors and shapes, plant sizes, and disease resistance.

Even after seeds of zinnias were sent back to Europe in the 18th century, the plants were not much to look at. Named for Dr. Johann Gottfried Zinn, who wrote the first description of the flower, the genus Zinnia had to wait for the late 19th century to become more successful as a garden annual. Breeding by selection occurred in Germany, Holland, and Italy: 'Pumila Mixed' (precursors of the "cut-and-come-again" zinnias) and two selections from that strain, 'Mammoth' and 'Striata', were brought to this country and enjoyed great success with gardeners. But the start of the zinnia's real popularity began around 1920 when Bodger Seeds Ltd. introduced the dahlia-flowered 'Giant Dahlia'.

bangchik

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful post, the lines of the cage make a very interesting backdrop. I have not grown zinnias before, but a few seedlings were sent home from Kindergarten, so I will hopefully have some blooms this summer. The white of the curled edges is lovely.

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  2. They are little delicate gems sent from heaven. I love these flowers.

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  3. interesting story! sickness of the eye - now that's a little extreme, isn't it?!

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  4. hi Bangchik yes the lines of the fence make the photos quite special...

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  5. Zinnias are so pretty! Maybe those Spanish explorers have eye problems!

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  6. The cage makes a good background. I like the second to last shot best.

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