Today, we have zinnias in a vase on a Monday – or rather, five zinnias in five separate test tubes. From the cutting beds, second right is ‘Purple Prince’ whilst the orange one is either ‘Orange King’ or possibly a bright product of the ‘Giant Dahlia Mix’ that the others have come from. It replaced what was definitely ‘Orange King’ but which suffered the same ignominious fate as two test tubes when lined up in their original location on top of the wall; I did not chance the same setting with their replacements, set up more safely at ground level.
It took a few years to achieve successful zinnia production but I finally cracked it last year, as mentioned yesterday, and zinnias not only look good in the cutting beds have a great vase life, so I shall be enjoying these at close quarters for over a week – don’t they have the most intriguing centres? And I particularly like the white zinnia, with its merest hint of green.
I am my own prop today, having been pinged by the UK’s NHS app and advised to isolate until midnight tonight. Having visited Elder Daughter by train last week, I had already taken a lateral flow test on my return (which was negative), before I was ‘pinged’, and am fairly sure it was my phone rather than me physically that was in contact with a positive case. But hey ho, at least the app was doing its job… and in the meantime, I hope everyone else is well and Covid-free. If you would like to join in IAVOM today and share findings from your garden or foraged nearby, we would love to see them, so leave the usual links to and from this post.