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bluefox23

Developing my knowledge all the time. I love growing plants: barely any space on my windowsills, nor on my patio as it's full of pots. #renting.

Zinnia 'California Giants Mix' syn. Zinnia 'Giants of California Mix'

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bluefox23

#zinnia #giantsofcalifornia #seedidreference-zinnia #zinnia-seed No idea if they're viable or not!! Guess we'll find out next spring!! 🤞🏼🤷‍♀️😊 27/10/18

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joanboston

Always worth a try!

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gjones

Look like promising seeds!

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bluefox23

Thanks @joanboston that’s what I thought! I’ve got a packet of seeds in case anyway 😊

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bluefox23

Thanks @gjones I hope so 😊

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bluefox23

Seeds sown 26/03/19

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bluefox23

Well I don't just have 1 #pink #zinnia I have two!! Just hope they're still upright when I get back later!! 💕 12/10/18 #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed

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bluefox23

It's tiny and a bit tatty but I do have a pink #zinnia after all 😊💕 07/10/18 #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed

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bluefox23

Just when I was thinking of digging up this pot of zinnias to plant some bulbs, one of the buds is opening!! And it's a pink 💕🌸 one!! I've been waiting all summer for a pink one!! I can't possibly dig it up yet, got to let it do its thing!! The bulbs can wait!! #zinnia 05/10/18 #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed

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bluefox23

@ublaszko Urszula 👀 😂

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brightcolours

#betterlatethannever

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

Do they come back...do you know..

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bluefox23

As far as I know Elaine, they are annuals so trying to collect seeds but I don't seem to be a very good seed catcher!! I've really enjoyed the few flowers that I've had this year so want some more next year for definite! 😊 @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom I had so many seedlings I gave some to my mum and she's had more of them bloom than I did! Typical! 🙄

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ublaszko

Peekaboo 😂😂 That's a promise of a gorgeous flower 😍 I had some buds on mine but the weather's already turned cold and petals even on new flowers looked tatty.

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bluefox23

A couple of others that had buds on gave in during the bad weather and I thought this one had too but no, it was determined! Don't think it will be a looker though, petals look tatty on it already but hoping it gets a few days to flower so I can see the colour!! @ublaszko 😊.

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ublaszko

Mine kept drying out during windy weather and I didn't have the time to keep watering them so I send them off to compost bin 😁

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bluefox23

Just double checked on all of them, and some of them, that I thought had had it, are growing new leaves and looking healthier at the top than the bottom!! 🙄 I'll give them a bit longer!! @ublaszko

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ublaszko

That's great news! Annuals are funny like that. My cornflowers are still going strong and so are night-scented phlox. My california poppies have been disappointing as only two flowers so far. But hot weather annuals like zinnias and cerinthes have finished already. There were still some flowers on them but looked dreadful.

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

I have bought new seeds but I thought I’d ask the question...😉😘

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bluefox23

I wish they were perennials @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom 😊

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bluefox23

Just gorgeous! ❤️ #red #zinnia #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed 22/09/18

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gjones

Beautiful colour and form😍

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bluefox23

@gjones Yes I am really pleased and shocked how well it looks after the storms recently 😊

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kamaki

Beautiful.... Like the grower I'm sure!....... The winds have been very strong recently, so its doing really well!!

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bluefox23

😂😂thanks! Yes it's coped well with the winds and driving rain. 😊 @kamaki

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kamaki

☺...!

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bluefox23

#zinnia first flower still not ready to give me her seeds! 12/09/18 #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed

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bluefox23

@angiecrazycatlady @gjones I do still need to wait for the petals to fall don't I?

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gjones

@angiecrazycatlady @bluefox23 once the cone gets tall you should be left with just one bottom row of petals. Pull a couple of these petals out; if the seeds are dark brown to black, they're ready to harvest. The seeds are on the base of the petals and resemble little arrowheads.

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bluefox23

Brilliant @gjones I will have another look and pull out a petal tomorrow!! Thanks 😊

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bluefox23

#zinnia #grownfromseed 24/08/18 this one is a bit more of a pinky-red! #giantsofcalifornia

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gjones

Very pretty

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angiecrazycatlady

Won't be long before it starts growing it seed and looking like my one 😁

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bluefox23

Thanks @gjones I wish I had some more pinky ones but I do still have about another 15 plants that haven't flowered yet!!

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bluefox23

@angiecrazycatlady Yes now I know what I'm looking out for. 😊 my first one that flowered definitely has the cone-shape much more pronounced like yours.

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kez001uk

Really beautiful 💖

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bluefox23

This is my favourite one so far!! Probably because it’s on the pinkish side and I’m not a fan of red!! 😆 @kez001uk

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kez001uk

@bluefox23 it’s such an unusual colour too, like a neon pink. Just gorgeous 💕

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bluefox23

Thanks Kerry 😊 @kez001uk

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bluefox23

#zinnia #grownfromseed #giantsofcalifornia 24/07/18

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gjones

Beautiful colour and flower

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bluefox23

@gjones Thanks 🙏🏼 so pretty aren't they. 😊

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bluefox23

#zinnia #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed still not fully open 21/08/18

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bluefox23

#zinnia #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed still not fully open 😊 21/08/18

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bluefox23

Two more #zinnia #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed flowers about to open. Wondering if one of them might be a double. 🤞🏼 19/08/18

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bluefox23

#colourpop

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ublaszko

👍👍 I'm still waiting for my first one to open 😂

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bluefox23

Oh no still waiting, Urszula? 😬 are they starting to open? I thought these would be fully open today but still not there yet. They certainly seem to be slow developers. But my first flower is still open so at least they are lasting a while once they finally do open up!! @ublaszko

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ublaszko

One has a big flowerbud but the other ones aren't even showing signs of flowerbuds 😅 It was growing fast in the heatwave but it's not so sunny anymore. We've had lots of rain in the past 2 weeks and nights are getting cold. I don't mind how long they take as long as they flower. At least I will have some bright colour in autumn 😉 To be fair, I didn't even sow them until 20th May.

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bluefox23

🤞🏼 then! @ublaszko I also have lots that don't look like flowering any time soon. Definitely need to sow them earlier next year.

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bluefox23

Forget the flower! I love the red colouring and veining in this #zinnia! #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed None of my others have got it!! 15/08/18

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

I love everything about them..💚

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bluefox23

I've only this year discovered them 😲 but will be making sure I have some next year too. 😊 @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

@bluefox23 same here I’ve already got seeds the variety is amazing..👌🏼

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gjones

That's interesting! Haven't seen that before!!

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bluefox23

I am hoping it's not a bad thing @gjones 🤷‍♀️

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gjones

I don't think so - I'll have a look at mine tomorrow and see if any have this red at the stem😊

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bluefox23

What a beauty!! #zinnia. Not my preferred colour but it is gorgeous. I've got all the little yellow stars I've seen so much of!! I'm sold on zinnias!! 07/08/18 #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed

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bluefox23

@ublaszko Hope yours are as stunning. 😊

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jendren

That’s fab. They’re on my list for next year ❤️

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kez001uk

Gorgeous colour ❤️

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bluefox23

Thanks @jendren and @kez001uk 😊

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ublaszko

I saw a flowerbud on mine this morning so not long now. Mine is a hot pink one called 'Purple Prince'.

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ublaszko

Just scrolled back through your zinnias pics and saw it took 2 weeks to open the bud 😅😭

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bluefox23

Yep they seem slow, or at least mine do!! @ublaszko 😞😂

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ublaszko

They are slow. I sowed cornflowers, nigellas, poached egg flowers and cerinthes at the same time and they all started flowering already. Still waiting for zinnias, California poppies and night scented phlox.

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gjones

Very pretty! I have favourites but really I like them all and I'm amazed at the center of these flowers- always something interesting!

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bluefox23

I didn't know much about them before I saw them all over this app. @gjones 😊

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alan1111

You have a beautiful one there, great pic

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bluefox23

Now this is more like it. #zinnia #grownfromseed #giantsofcalifornia First one to flower. Can’t wait till it’s fully open. 🤗 05/08/18

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ublaszko

Aye yai yai, I'm still waiting for my first flower 😑😁😉 I'm starting to warm up to zinnias 👍👍

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bluefox23

Yeah I’m going to try and collect seeds from the few flowers I get to try next year. Will buy some if not, as I think they look pretty, although a bit slow to grow!!! About 4 months to get to this point!!! 😯 hope yours flower soon! @ublaszko

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ublaszko

I got mine with a garden magazine. I wouldn't try them otherwise as I sowed them last year and the seedlings didn't put on much growth and eventually got eaten by snails. They were sown outdoor in pots. This year I started them indoors under cover of cling film and they're 2.5 months now. I only started them 20th May but hopefully I won't have to wait another month and a half! 😨😅 I still have leftover seeds I bought this year but I think it's better to sow fresh seeds so I'll try collecting 👍

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bluefox23

#zinnia #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed 03/08/18 Not a lot happening in my garden at the moment. Waiting for my zinnias to bloom so there’s a bit more colour at least! 😊

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gjones

It's getting close!

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bluefox23

@gjones I know!! The #anticipation 😊😂

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alan1111

The flower buds are amazing looking as they develop 👍

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bluefox23

#zinnia #grownfromseed #giantsofcalifornia I spy some colour in the developing flower bud. 😊 31/07/18

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ublaszko

I'm waiting for flowerbuds on mine 😊

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bluefox23

I have about 3 of mine with buds but many more that are still developing leaves and they are smaller. 😊 @ublaszko

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ublaszko

I only have 3 zinnias in total 😂😂😂 I sowed a few seeds as part of my annual flower mix in a pot but I thinned them out as I expected them to be get much bigger.

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bluefox23

@cyndi Ooh is this a bud developing in my #zinnia 🤗

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alan1111

The flower buds look amazing as their developing

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bluefox23

Thanks @cyndi @alan1111 I'm looking forward to seeing the flowers! 😊

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bluefox23

Will do. 👍🏼 @cyndi

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bluefox23

#giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed

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bluefox23

06/07/18 biggest #zinnia plant #grownfromseed @cyndi Do you reckon this going to grow flowers any time soon?

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bluefox23

@cyndi ok great! Looking forward to it! 😊

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bluefox23

Oh crikey!! Didn’t think they’d be that big!! I am watering in evening using my water meter to check. 👍🏼

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bluefox23

#giantsofcalifornia

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bluefox23

#zinnia In a trough with #hyacinth #dustymiller #dianthus. Just decided to plant more of my seedings and hope they take. Got a few more fibre pots to plant but not sure where! #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed

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bluefox23

Cataloguing. Zinnias added to trough with dianthus. And a snapdragon? 20/05/18 #zinnia #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed

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bluefox23

20/05/18 hopefully at least some of the #zinnia will like their new home!! #giantsofcalifornia #grownfromseed

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bluefox23

Nearly all the seeds have germinated. 🤗 #giantsofcalifornia #zinnia

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bluefox23

Just arrived back home to find these little fellas!! #zinnia #germination. 🤗😍 #giantsofcalifornia

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bluefox23

Free #zinnia seeds planted! #giantsofcalifornia

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