A garden diary capturing the joys of gardening in coastal Virginia.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Nothing says summer like a bucket of Zinnias.
The cool spring this year set me back about three weeks in starting seed so the first big flush of bloom is a little later this year. I don't use lights but just move the flats outside each morning after they sprout but I do need mild temperatures for this to work. This year I ordered all the seed colors offered to ensure I had a good variety of color. Unfortunately some insect ate most of the yellow and white seedlings. They seemed to leave the darker colors alone. I plan to start a second crop the end of July to extend the cut flower production into October. They bloom for about 8-10 weeks and then diminish. Below are individual blooms from the cutting garden.
The rose of the week is Fair Bianca. This is a very fragrant David Austin rose that does pretty good in some shade.
The cut flowers this week and an arrangement follow.