In A Vase On Monday – Zinnia Zest

In A Vase On Monday – Zinnia Zest

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens.

I love the sunny disposition zinnias bring to the garden. These began flowering this past week just as many other blooms succumbed to recent hot and dry weather. They will continue well into October.

Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again Mix’

Zinnia elegans ’Cactus Flower Blend’

Bright and cheerful, long-lasting as cut flowers, zinnias add color and zest to summer vases.

In A Vase On Monday – Zinnia Zest

These stems are pinned into a florist’s frog to hold them in place. Several fronds of fern add flair and help balance the design.

In A Vase On Monday – Zinnia Zest

Materials

Flowers
Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again Mix’
Zinnia elegans ’Cactus Flower Blend’
Fern leaves

Vase
Straight-sided round black vase
Ceramic bowl, black matte exterior, red glazed interior

In A Vase On Monday – Zinnia Zest

In A Vase On Monday – Zinnia Zest

In A Vase On Monday – Zinnia Zest

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.

42 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Zinnia Zest

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    I love zinnias not only because I think they are beautiful but because they also remind me of a friend from long ago. I can’t grow them though because they become infested with pests and contaminate everything around them. I gave up about three or four years ago. So, thanks for sharing yours. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, the fern is loving on my screened porch and filled in when I realized I didn’t have enough zinnias flowering to complete the arrangement. Made it more formal than zinnia vases usually are.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Oh, thank you. I usually think of zinnias as casual, informal flowers, calling for a basket rather than anything more formal, but they adapted to my dressing them up.

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  2. Cathy

    I hope mine last til October too – and I look forward to creating a purely zinnia arrangement (and some greenery!) in the not too distant future. Because of this, your vase really speaks to me today, saying lots of happy things 🙂 As always, your execution is perfect – thank you Susie! 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Glad you feel a connection to the zinnias today Cathy. I cut every zinnia that had opened this week so hope it does encourage them to rebloom quickly.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Loree. I got my zinnias out late this year, waiting for daffodil leaves to die back before planting. Your buds sound promising.

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  3. Eliza Waters

    Beautiful, Susie! I adore zinnias, esp. cactus-flowering. My seedlings are struggling due to those nasty slugs feasting as I sleep. 😦 I’ll be lucky if I end up with half a dozen flowers.

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  4. Kris P

    Perfectly balanced in both structure and color, Susie! I fall in love with zinnias all over again every time I grow them – they make me smile every time I walk through my cutting garden.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Alison, that pale color is my favorite of these zinnias also. One thing I like about these so far this year is they’re not almost all pink. Pink often is predominate.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. I’m glad you were encouraged to try the cactus zinnias. In NC we can sow them outdoors once it warms up good–no use in planting them early–they like the heat, so I’d think you could plant them almost anytime.

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  5. Chloris

    Gorgeous Susie. Zinnias are always winners and yours are beautiful and displayed with the wonderful, inimitable, ‘Susie Artistic Touch’.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. Sorry I didn’t see this comment right away, but now I can report even after a full week the zinnia arrangement still looks fresh.

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  6. Beth @ PlantPostings

    Oh, as always, I like your arrangement very much! I was wondering what the foliage was until I read that it’s from a fern. That’s a pretty one. I’m a big fan of Zinnias in floral arrangements. I grow them, too–for cut flowers and for the butterflies and other pollinators. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Beth. This arrangement has held up very well, even after a week. Zinnias and lantana are 2 things in my garden that attract monarch, around Sept-Oct. Unfortunately none came last year. Hope for a better turnout this year.

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