Fun Floral Facts

Late Summer Bloomers- Zinnias!

September 26, 2017

I know that we are technically in the fall season but the weather that we are having here in the northeast is keeping me in a summer flower state of mind.  I absolutely love the fall, with all the beautiful rich colors and tons of texture with branches, pods, and berries.  But before I move on, let me just give a shout out to a few of my favorite late summer garden flowers, starting at the end of the alphabet with zinnias.

Zinnias in a White Pitcher

For me, this simple vibrant bouquet totally captures the essence of summer.  Drop a bunch of fresh cut zinnias into your favorite container – in my case that is usually a white or grey pitcher….

Zinnias in a Mason Jar

While zinnias are some of the hardiest flowers in your summer garden, they need a gentle touch when used as cut flowers due to their hollow stem.

Zinnia Broken Stem

It is hard to avoid a few bent stems when bunching and transporting zinnias.  However, I just look at a bent stem as an opportunity to create an additional arrangement!

I had a couple of bent stems in the bunches that I had picked up at the flower market, and I happened to have a stash of plastic shot glasses left over from a recent celebration. This was the recipe for a perfect little flower arrangement!

Plastic Shot Glasses

Once I began placing the cut zinnias in the little containers I totally got into it and starting coming up with different ways to display this superstar of the late-summer garden!

Zinnias in Shot Glasses

Set your table with an ever-changing centerpiece of color.  Simply move the zinnias around as food platters are added, intersperse candles throughout the flowers once the sun starts to set, or place a flower on each guests plate.  It’s your table- set it your way!

Zinnias Peace Sign

Peace Love Zinnias!!