Whenever I am asked to create a Happy Blooms bouquet, I can't resist adding these gorgeous little colourful fairies to the arrangement. Zinnias are from the sunflower tribe and part of the daisy family. They are native to the Americas but grow happily in sunny Australian gardens too. They produce perky long-stemmed flowers that come in a variety of bright colours, hence my love for them in all bright and cheerful floral creations.
Zinnias are inexpensive and easy to grow from seed and will produce an array of bright pockets in your summer garden and as a bonus they will do very well as cut flowers. They're sun lovers and will thrive even when temperatures soar into the 40s. Zinnias flowering season is generally from January to April. When cut and hydrated, Zinnias last up to a week in a vase.
Just because I love art, I have to share this story. The famous philanthropic Australian artist, Margaret Olley painted the stunning oil on board, "David's Zinnias" after she visited friends in Victoria. A small vase of red and cerise Zinnias was placed in her room as a gift. When returning to Sydney the next day, she popped them in her bag, took them with her on the plane to use as inspiration. A week later, she phoned to ask for another exact bunch as she started the work and needed a fresh bunch to continue. As a beautiful gesture, Olley's friends continued to send her a bunch of Zinnias from Creswick Victoria to Sydney NSW by overnight express every week during the summer months until her death in 2011.
In the arrangement above I used Sea Holly, Veronica, Berries, Carnations and Silver Dollar Gum together with my Happy Blooms.