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by Doris Settles

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by Doris Settles

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Colorful zinnias in the garden.

Leira Clara, the title character in my picture book Leira Clara’s Flowers, loves loves loves Zinnias! Absolutely the easiest flower to grow, zinnias have a central place for any gardener who loves to have filled vases in their home.

On the back page of the book, Leira Clara tells you how to grow zinnias. A warm weather annual, zinnias can’t be planted until the soil and air temperatures are warm. Check your zone to find out when that is. In Kentucky, that’s May 15. Put potting soil in a container, or clear grass and weeds off a patch of soil, and down the zinnia seeds go. Keep them moist (no puddles!) and soon you’ll see sprouts. By the time summer is here, you’ll have so many zinnias you’ll have to share, like Leira Clara does!

Once you plant zinnias, you can save their seeds at the end of the growing season by letting a few flower heads dry out and putting them into a paper envelope. In the late spring, crush the flower heads and sprinkle the seeds around where you want them. In a week or two, voila! Zinnias for another year!

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