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Flower Spotlight: Zinnia

The zinnia is an annual found more often in the garden than in a flower shop. They resemble a cross between a daisy and a dahlia and come in brilliant hues. Hardy and drought resistant, they are an enduring flower with great beauty. [Read more…]

Need Flowers That Express Condolences?

"Magenta Sunset Urn" Funeral Flowers

"Magenta Sunset Urn" Funeral Flowers

Though no one likes to think about the moments for which we’d need sympathy flowers, it’s best to be prepared for when the moment arrives. This means being prepared to discuss sympathy and funeral flower options with your local florist.

A few cut flowers have very significant meanings that will help convey your sympathies. When speaking with your local florist, discuss flowers such as poppy, cosmos, forget-me-nots, geraniums, larkspur, jasmine, lisianthus and zinnia. The flower meanings of each represents a very special sentiment. If desired, include a small statement about why these flowers were chosen.

The meanings of these flowers are:

  • Poppy = Consolation
  • Cosmos = Peaceful
  • Forget-Me-Not = “Remember Me Forever”
  • Geranium = Comfort
  • Larkspur = Beautiful Spirit
  • Jasmine = Grace and Elegance
  • Lisianthus = Calming
  • Zinnia = Thoughts of Friends

Your local florist will be able to discuss which flowers are appropriate, their seasonal availability, and other important details before sending a sympathy arrangement. Whichever flowers you choose, the recipient will know just how much you care.

What Is This Tiny Yellow Bloom?

 

Zinnia Bloom

Zinnia Bloom

Ask the Expert: What kind of flower is this?
Flower no bigger than thumb nail
Grows up to about a foot tall

Alexandra E

Plant Expert Reply:

I believe it is a type of zinnia.  Probably a Zinnia augustifolia by the look of the leaf in the picture.  Another option would be a type of Dahlia.  Both of these genus are in the Asteraceae family and have similar characteristics.    A view of the plant and the leaves would help me make a better identification.

Pink Flower Is A Zinnia

Ask the Expert: What is this flower?

ZInnia

ZInnia

Planted Butterfly Weed seeds (Asclepias tuberosa) from a seed packet and this plant seed was in this packet with them. I like the plant and don’t know if perennial or annual. It is close to 3 feet tall now with 1 to 2 and a half inch pink flowers with 12 to 15 petals. I would like to know it’s name in case it does not come back next spring. Thanks D Jackson

Plant Expert Reply:

From the look of the leaves and the blooms, it is a type of Zinnia.  It could be Zinnia elegans which is an annual and will not come back next year.  Or it could be a Zinnia angustifolia  which is also an annual.

Although they are not perennials, the seeds that have dropped may come up the next year. If you like the look of this flower, type profusion zinnias.  I have them in my garden and love them. We have been growing and selling them at our garden center for over 5 years.  They are easy to care for and perform very well under hot summer temperatures.  If you don’t like to deadhead, you’ll like the profusion.  Even when I forget to deadhead this plant it still goes like gangbusters.

Perennial Flowers For Father’s Day

Ask the Expert: What perennial is easy to grow?
I want to give my friend seeds to plant on Father’s Day to remember her Father who just passed away last month.  I think it would be a nice gift if every year she has a flower that blooms and reminds her of her dad.  I was hoping to find a perennial flower that symbolizes rememberance that is easy to plant and grow in the suburbs of Chicago.  She does not have a green thumb so something that basically requires very little or no attention would be preferable.  Does such a flower exist?  Joanna

Plant Expert Reply:

The first perennial that come to mind is the Myosotis (Forget-me-not flower).  This plant has long been used as a short-lived perennial that symbolizes remembrance or memories.  It come in blue, white, blush and yellow flowers. It should be easy to start from seed.

However, there are several perennials I would choose instead of Forget-me-nots.  Although these perennials don’t necessarily have a meaning associated with them, I would choose Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorous), Blanket Flower (Galardia x grandiflora), or Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata). These perennials are easy grow from seed, fairly easy to maintain and bloom longer than most perennials flowers.

Keep in mind perennials even though they come back every year require a lot of work. Your friend will need to tend to the bed throughout the year to keep it free from weeds. If your friend doesn’t have a green thumb, an annual bed or pot garden might be a better way to remember her dad this Father’s Day. Annual beds and pots are a little easier to maintain because you can start from scratch each year. It could also become a future tradition. She could sow Zinnias which are symbolically used for “Daily Remembrance” in a pot or in an annual bed every year. They are fairly easy to care for and a beautiful way to remember her father.

Whatever you choose for her, I’m sure she will appreciate the thoughtfulness of your gift. Flowers are a wonderful way to help comfort those we love.