July 9: Zinnia

Today is a beautiful day. It is a little hot though with some humidity. I hope it goes away soon with a small thunderstorm and not one that is going to produce a tornado like the one this week. I am all set with that kind of weather. It’s New England not the plain states. This week has been crazy already and it is only Wednesday. Where is Friday?  I just got side tracked with my Twitter. Now it is @LizsFlorist and the main name in bold is Elizabeth’s Florist. Back to flowers. Zinnia is the flower for today.

Zinnia originates in Mexico. They like the hot climate. North America is where most of the species are, but there is one species that likes South America. There are 20 different species of Zinnia flowers. This is a native plant not an invasive plant. I will explain the difference in a bit.

For the history buffs out there, here is some. This plant is named after the botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759 ). He was 32 when he past. Remember this time period was not a good one for being sick. They did not have medicine and stuff like we do today, so people can live in there hundreds. He was the first person to write up a description of the human eye around the 1750s. He was sent to Mexico by the German Ambassador. Zinn be came a professor at a University later in life in Mexico. He also was the Botanical Director at the school and Medical Staff professor. One of the Botanist named Carolus Linnaeus designed a flower in Zinn’s Honor and named it Zinnia.

Zinnia1            Zinnia2

 

As you can see there are many different colors to Zinnia flowers. The blooms are red, yellow, orange, rosey pink, white, lavender, and salmon. Zinnia is sometimes call “Thumbelina.” This is the dwarf flower of the Zinnia. The smaller one is suppose to be only 6 inches tall. The large Zinnia can grow to be 3 feet tall. You should “deadhead” your flowers, which I just found out is another word for pruning before the flower sets its seeds off. If you do this then the flower will keep blooming. You should just cut just above the leaf then the flower will bloom again. You can also cut just under the bloom as well. If the flower has set it seeds then you are too late and have to cut them down to let them come back next year. Happy Pruning! 

Earlier, I mentioned invasive and native plants. An invasive plant is a plant that does not belong in the region or is brought over here on a ship a long time ago with people who migrated over here to the States. People brought plants from their native land or on a cargo ship like today. A native plant is a plant that is already here in the States. We do not want the invasive plants to take over like some of the trees we have like Norway Maple or the purple loosestrife in a flower case. Just for some examples.

Tip: Make sure your plants have room to grow and do not over crowd them. It is just like you a human. Just like you need room to grow.

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