February 4th, 2011  Tags: ,
| Favourite things, Inspirations | 9 comments

Zinnias, stout and stiff,
Stand no nonsense: their colors
Stare, their leaves
Grow straight out, their petals
Jut like clipped cardboard,
Round, in neat flat rings.

Even cut and bunched,
Arranged to please us
In the house, in water, they
Will hardly wilt—I know
Someone like zinnias;
I wishI were like zinnias.

– Valerie Worth

I love Zinnias, I love that they are every shade of pink, red, crimson, orange, their brightness makes up for their complete lack of scent. We had a garden filled with zinnias in Ohio, I would pick them and fill all my vases. There was always a good yield from the crop and they were so easy to grow.

I looked for poems about them and didn't find a lot, this one is simple and sweet. I did learn that zinnias are threaded onto string to make joyous garlands that are worn in India.

Remember them next summer, cute little bright things on long stems waving happiness in your garden.



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