Today is ‘Z’, the last day of the A to Z blog challenge. We made it through the month, Hooray!
I’ve been blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Thanks for following along through the month.
A to Z: ‘Z’ is for ZINNIA
Zinnias are my favorite memorial flower. They evoke memories of my brother every time I see them. He always loved growing zinnias. I remember a flower bed we had in Toledo, Ohio. He would have been in 4th grade then. There is still a picture or two floating around of him standing there so proud of his colorful crop. The last time I saw him, in August 1995, he was showing me around his property in Iowa – and again, was so proud of the bright zinnias gracing all of his walkways. Two weeks later he was gone. What I would do to be able to go back in time and spend another day with him, complementing him on his bountiful flowers and telling him how proud I was of him and what he had done with his life. But I can’t. So I just continue to grow my own zinnias, and think of him every time I see the bright shining petals reminding me of my love for my brother.
ZINNIA (Magenta) – Lasting Affection
ZINNIA (Mixed) – Thinking (or in memory) of an Absent Friend
ZINNA (Pink) – Lasting Affection
ZINNIA (Yellow) – Daily Remembrance
Botanical Name: Zinnia
Height: 6” – 3’
USDA Hardiness Zone: Zones 3-10
Sun requirements: Full sun
Water Needs: Moderate, don’t water overhead (subject to mildew in humid conditions)