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Zinnias Aren’t Just for Little Old Ladies Anymore

Fireball Blend zinnias produced an explosion of color for people and butterflies alike.

Fireball Blend zinnias produced an explosion of color for people and butterflies alike.

If your grandmother had a garden, I’ll bet she grew two of the foremost little-old-lady flowers known to humankind—zinnias and petunias.  Maybe hollyhocks, too.

This summer, I planted several varieties of zinnias in my garden.  Maybe it’s a sign of age.  Yes, some of them looked like little-old-lady zinnias.  But then there were these other zinnias. . .oh, mama!  They flaunted blazing colors and multiple four-inch single and double blooms on four-foot stalks.  I’m telling you, these zinnias screamed pizzazz!

This isn't your typical grandmother's flower.

This isn’t your typical grandmother’s flower.

What were these wonders of nature?  Botanical Interests® Fireball Blend zinnias.  They burst forth in July with myriad shades of red and orange.

I wasn’t the only one who was thrilled with them; the western tiger swallowtail butterflies were ecstatic!  Those fluttery visitors were all over those blooms.

On top of that, my fireballs kept me in cut flowers for weeks.

Maybe next year I’ll try petunias, too.

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