The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity here on the farm and in the aftermath of all this controlled chaos, I tried to once again find the top of my desk and re-organize the office and storage room. While I’ve only been moderately successful in the cleaning efforts, I did mange to uncover a previously forgotten about stash of extra scabiosa-flowered zinnia seeds. Woohoo!
A limited number of these specialty seeds were available in the Floret Shop earlier this year and the response was incredible. Little did I know what demand would be created by my new hobby of decapitating flower heads and taking their portraits. Since there’s still time to sow them for summer picking I thought a little giveaway was in order!
To enter to win, simply add a comment below and share what state you live in (sorry international fans, we can only ship these in N. America). I’ll keep this little giveaway open a week to let as many folks as possible participate. The FOUR winners will be posted here next week.
Here’s a little more about these special little blooms if you aren’t already familiar with them.
Zinnias, in general, are one of the easiest flowers to grow and they are the perfect flower for beginning flower farmers and gardeners to incorporate into their plots. To help new growers, I recently created a little “Grow Great Zinnias” guide with all of my tips and tricks to growing this staple cutting garden flower.
Last year I grew the scabiosa-flowered zinnia for the first time and I instantly fell in love with it.
I love the frilly, frosting-like texture of this particular zinnia. Some people have described them as looking more like a gerber daisy than a zinnia, much less a scabiosa. I think these extra frills make them a tad bit more sophisticated and feminine than a standard zinnia, and I love tucking a few into wedding designs where a regular ole’ zinnia would not have been elegant enough.
One of my favorite flowers we grew on my childhood Kansas farm were zinnias. However, they were nothing like these beauties! Regardless, zinnias make me smile, anytime, anywhere.