Zinnias are hot weather flowers that come originally from Mexico and grow well in the southwest all the way to South America. It is one of the few annuals that do well in the desert summer temperatures. We usually replace all of our pots with zinnias from May to October. They grow fast, are easy to grow from seed or small plants and keep the garden alive with bright colors. Zinnias range from 6" to 3' in height.
I walk around and look at the zinnias almost every day. Each one is unique. They remind me of a diverse neighborhood of people with their own personalities. (Go with me here, I haven't completely lost it!)
Here is the "Queen Bee" and most sophisticated of the crowd. She lives "on the water". She wants to be "in charge":
"Mr. Nice Guy" who lives next door. He will loan you his power tools, or help you with a ladder.
"Pretty in Pink" is a girly girl who spends more time at the salon than anyone. She is slightly narcissistic and quite clueless.
The new (choose minority of your choice) couple who just moved into the neighborhood. They keep to themselves, and people "aren't sure" yet. You bake them a cake to say "Welcome to the neighborhood".
The little lady in the house with all her cats. No one is sure of her age, but though she shows signs of withering, she is still beautiful and wise.
You favorite neighbors! This couple loves to entertain, and they'd be happy to collect your mail or water your plants when you're on vacation.
That fitness instructor, single mom down the street. You may see her running with her ipod, or loading her mountain bike onto her car for a long ride. How does she do it all? She is always smiling with a healthy glow.
Barely a blush of pink. She is quiet, seems depressed, never goes out in the bright sun. She seems anxious and mysterious. Drinking problem?
The family with all the kids! Bikes and toys all over the driveway, a boat in the garage, and always selling school wrapping paper or Girl Scout cookies. You buy them special BIG candy bars for Halloween!
Multi-ethnic couple with the beautiful baby. They walk in the evening with the dog and a carriage. Everyone stops to see the new little one!
Everyone's friend, always hosting the block party with a cheerful personality and "colorful past". She writes, paints, and makes a great martini. Fashion conscious, she collects handbags.
They are ALL coming to dinner tonight!