Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sewing or Sowing?

Zinnia seeds from previous year - still attached to dried flower petals.
It really wasn't a question!  I knew the answer!  My Janome & the fabric for the Envelope Pillows would need to wait.  Sunday's cold temps and the previous days of much needed rain was not ideal for planting the Zinnia and Coreopsis seeds.  Yesterday, the sun was shining, so I was ready to go.  Go outside and plant flower seeds, that is!

During the summer months it's always so relaxing to glance outdoors or to walk past and view vibrant colored flowers in our gardens.  Last year the Painted Lady Butterflies visited the colorful Zinnias.  These butterflies do look similar to a Monarch Butterfly, but after examining closely, a difference can be noticed.  (Click on FuN Facts above.)

Painted Lady Butterfly on Orange Zinnia.  (File Photo)
Last fall many Zinnia seeds (from small, medium and large plants in height) were saved and dried from the beautiful flowers.  The seeds would be planted this Spring.  With our cold weather and then rainfall this past week, the first opportunity was yesterday.  After gently crushing the dried petals, the seeds were ready to be planted.

Sure, the seeds may be purchased in packets, but there is something very satisfying about drying, saving and then planting seeds from a crop of gorgeous flowers that you've enjoyed during the previous summer.  Much like cooking healthy meals for your family to enjoy.

The seeds are in the ground and now will be watered daily.  Depending on our weather, little sprouts will be coming up...soon!

I cannot wait!
The flowers are to Enjoy!


Pam said...

You are so right about enjoying the flowers in the summer. Coreopsis is so pretty! I'm hoping to do a lot of planting in the next few days if the weather cooperates. Happy Gardening!

Amy said...

Good to hear the sun finally came to your area so you can plant some flower seeds. :) I'm not good at gardening, so, I only planned some herbs that I needed for cooking. I can't wait to see your blooms and beautiful flowers. Don't forget to share a picture when they're out. Take care.

JG said...

Pam- I hope that your weather co-operated with your gardening plans. My Zinnia sprouts popped up after 4 days with the heat. :)

Amy- Fresh Herbs! Yum! The Chives are blossoming, now. Adds great color to the back perennial garden.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I always saved all of my marigold seeds. I think I still have some! You'll enjoy your flowers this summer! Hugs!

JG said...

Lavender Dreamer- Diane, isn't it great to watch the seedlings sprout up? Marigolds are so pretty!