A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Thursday, July 19, 2007

They're Almost Here!

Zinnia elegans ‘Scarlet King’

Speaking of incomparable, the breathlessly anticipated Scarlet King zinnias are starting to bloom. They were recommended for a hummingbird garden in Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard, my bible when it comes to butterflies and hummingbirds. There are lots of red zinnias to choose from in the catalogs, but since this variety was specifically mentioned, I hunted it down. It wasn’t difficult. They are sold by Pinetree Garden Seeds who also have very attractive seed packets.

Scarlet King zinnias are indeed scarlet. Here’s what last year’s crop looked like:

This year’s crop promises to be even better. I can’t recommend these zinnias highly enough. If you have a hummingbird garden or just like red zinnias, these are the ones you want.


At 1:44 PM, Blogger Beverly said...

Very pretty! I only have a few red flowered plants, but am hoping to introduce more next year. When do you usually start ordering seeds for next year?


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