Z is for Zinnia

Zinnia is a genus of 20 species of annual and perennial plants of the family Asteraceae. They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the Southwestern United States to South America, with a centre of diversity in Mexico. Wikipedia

Zinnia can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs, with branching stems bearing opposite leaves and solitary terminal flower-heads in summer. They can be grown in City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants.

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They neeed to be planted in an open space as they can suffer from mildew, and they love sun and heat. Don’t let them dry out though. There’s no better late-summer plant, with a brilliant range of colours and flowers that look as though they’ve been cut from velvet-coated cardboard.



And so we come to the end of the April A to Z Challenge. I hope that you have enjoyed looking at a variety of flowers and plants during this month and that you have found something that you might like to grow in your garden that you haven’t tried before. I thank you for accompanying me on this journey and for all your likes and comments. It has been great to meet new bloggers and I have enjoyed visiting many different blogs this month.

It’s difficult for me to pick a favourite as I just love flowers and each and every one has a special place, including those I have had to leave out. But for those of you who have joined me on this challenge I really would like to know which was YOUR favourite from the ones I posted.

I hope new and old friends will continue to drop in and see what’s happening on here. New gardens to visit and old favourites to feature. And, as always, your comments are what makes it all worthwhile 🙂


27 Comments Add yours

  1. Dina says:

    So beautiful flowers, Jude, where have you taken the last photo? Wow, you made it to the end, well done!! 🙂 We’ll have to come back and answer your question as we obviously have missed a few entries during our travels. We’ll be back soon!
    Big hug and warm greetings to you from sunny but not quite so warm Norway anymore, brrr….
    Dina, Siri and Selma xxx ooo

    1. Heyjude says:

      I believe the last photo was taken in the walled garden at Osborne House on the IOW. Sorry to hear the weather has turned chilly, it is very warm and sunny in London! Feet very tired and sore 😉

  2. Dina says:

    Now we have gone backwards and forwards and the winner is Echium! 🙂 Such a lovely photo from Carmel, Jude. Congrats.

    1. Heyjude says:

      One of my favourites too 🙂

  3. Where was the photo with the lean to glasshouse taken?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think it was at Osborne House on the IOW. I love Victorian glasshouses.

      1. It reminded me of the glasshouse at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. It’s very similar. My favourite photos on your A – Z were the water lilies!

        1. Heyjude says:

          There wasn’t much in the gardens when we were in Heligan last week, they do have great glasshouses though. I got more water lilies in Kew on Tuesday, shall have to post them on return. I have enough fowers for at least another year!

        2. Excellent! I look forward to your photos.

  4. nowathome says:

    You have done so well Jude!!! Will have to look through it again to pick a favourite!!!

  5. nowathome says:

    There are so many that I liked, but perhaps the Liliums, roses, Tulips and Violas!!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Difficult to choose isn’t it? All flowers have their own beauty 🙂

      1. nowathome says:

        That is so true!!

  6. Sammy D. says:

    Oh, Jude, i cannot pick a favorite – the photos, the colors, the settings, the luscious Latin names – can I just say You are one of my favorite flowers?!? So glad we met!

    1. Heyjude says:

      [blush] that’s such a nice thing to say Sammy 🙂
      Thank you!

  7. The Rider says:

    Zabaglione Zamacuecadancing Zappy Zazzy Zezesounding Zwischenzugutilizing
    Zounds! Zatwassodifficult!

    1. The Rider says:

      zwischenzug= chessmove made to play for time…
      All the words in this heartbreakingly difficult challenge was derived from http://phrontistery.info/ under the “Dictionary of Obscure words…” heading…

      1. Heyjude says:

        See, you could compete yourself next year – a word a day for a month and get people to guess the meaning!

    2. Heyjude says:

      Zappy and Zazzy they really are! Thanks so much for entertaining me during this challenge. I shall come visit you shortly – haven’t had great connection for the last couple of weeks so blog hopping has been dificult. Hope all is well with you and the family 🙂

      1. The Rider says:

        Thanks, I enjoyed it too!

  8. Absolutely LOVE Zinnia! I’m definitely having them in the garden this year 🙂 The butterflies love them too. Great pictures Jude 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are such colourful flowers I don’t know why I have never grown them. I shall see whether they look OK in a container if I see any in the market.

      1. I’ll have to plant them in a container for my part of our communal gardens but I’m thinking that a big rectangular planter will suit them ok. There were lots planted in pots and other containers in Greece last year!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Worth giving them a go then!

  9. Laine Gray says:

    I have enjoyed all the luscious flowers and plants you have featured, picking a favorite is difficult because they are all so interesting and beautiful in their own way. I do always favor the Iris though! 🙂 Wonderful A-Z, I’m so glad that I found this blog and will be stopping back in! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Irises are up there with me too (my mother’s name) and I captured a few more this week at Kew Gardens, even some delightful little ones in the rock garden. Thanks for visiting me and commenting Laine, much appreciated 🙂

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