Eye-Popping Zinnias

September 22, 2012

by Valerie Worth

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 wish
I were like zinnias.
— from All the Small Poems and Fourteen More

These brilliantly colored zinnias are gracing the parking strip of a neighbor’s home.  Aren’t they amazing!

Zinnias planted by a driveway

Bees love ’em

Stout and stiff zinnia with blue sky

Petals jutting like clipped cardboard

5 Responses to “Eye-Popping Zinnias”

  1. Melany Says:

    Zinnias are so lovel, and the petals really DO resemble clipped cardboard! Beautiful photos.

  2. Chris Says:

    I am thinking of exchanging my sweet pea patch for Zinnias.

  3. Margaret Says:

    Zinnias are one of the few flowers that have been doing well in our drought. I just picked a bouquet to bring inside this morning. They are always a cheerful addition to a room.

  4. Shirley Says:

    Love Zinnias always save seed for next year, a great flower.

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