I've fallen in love with zinnias this summer. They're hearty enough to take the heat, and make great bouquets. If you cut off the deadheads, my gardener friend tells me, they keep producing prolifically.
I planted more seeds today, because my center herb and flower garden is lopsided. One quarter is alive with blooms and all kinds of bees and butterflies. The other three have an odd mix of volunteers and the odd herb or flower.
I know it's a waning (diminishing) Moon, which is not the best time to plant. And the Moon is in air sign Gemini, a barren sign in traditional terms, and not ideal either. However, as I wrote in Lunar Gardening, air signs, especially Libra, are known to be favorable for seeding flowers and herbs.
With rain intermittent, and not as drenching as we'd like here, I often defy the Moon cycles if I see a dark cloud. Or if the forecast is for several strong summer showers in the afternoons.
Do you follow lunar gardening? Or are you looking at other conditions mainly, like when the mood hits. There's a blue-black cloudscape forming all around, which was partly my motivation. Also, I was just craving more blooms!Getty Images