I’m embarrassed to say I’ve tried for at least two years to grow Zinnia Queen Red Lime and either germination has been really poor, or I’ve managed not to look after them as seedlings and they’ve damped off and died.
This year I’m really excited that they’re growing and flowering. At the moment the stems are very short so I used the milk bottle circle to show them off.
I’m sure they’re not to everyone’s taste but I just love the rather sludgy pink of them and decided to go for a rather low key colour scheme to keep them company.
In addition to the two Zinnias (there’s also a green one, Z. Benary’s Giant Lime) I added a rather random mix of Astrantia, poppy seed heads, Erysimum ‘Red Jep’ (bottom left) and a little Sedum.
Here’s a more bird’s eye view.
And to finish, last week’s ‘on a desk’ arrangement. Yes, more ‘Queen Red Limes’ but altogether a much more sombre palette. Turns out it was pretty appropriate for last week’s work mood, so this week I’ve picked a much jollier bunch to see if that helps!
With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday vases.