Growing flowers from seeds, zinnias, daturas and cosmos

There is something  the challenge of trying to grow a plant from a seed..It’s certainly more work, but that’s what makes it all the more satisfying.

Hopefully my flowers from seed experiment goes a little better than my tomato from seed catastrophe..

Anyway, I was fortunate enough to connect with another gardener on the Garden Web Forum. She’s been growing a host of different flowers over the last 30 years and kindly offered to share some of her seeds with me.

Zinnias are one of the easiest annuals to grow, grow quickly, and bloom heavily. They make a massive burst of color in your garden.

Zinnias have bright, solitary, daisy-like flowerheads on a single, erect stem. The most common zinnia is “dahlia-flowered” and grows up to three feet. Other types are “cactus-flowered.” From the Farmers Almanac site.

Datura, also known as angel’s trumpets and sometimes called moonflowers. It is an herbaceous perennial or annual with a deadly reputation as an ingredient in poisons and love potions.

Cosmos are annuals, grown for their showy flowers. The flowerheads may be bowl– or open cup–shaped and are atop of long stems. Cosmos are easy to grow and make good border or container plants. They make for good decorations in flower arrangements and also attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden. From the Farmers Almanac site.

These are pictures of what the flowers will look like(hopefully)….

zinnias
Datura
cosmos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I planted a bunch of the seeds in the butterfly garden and some others in a pot on our deck..Making my daily rounds yesterday, I was pleased to find that some of the seeds had already begun to sprout. I’ll be thrilled if they turn out half as good as the pictures. Stay tuned.

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