Here we are, it seems, just barely making it through these "Dogs Days of Summer," the period of time between the beginning of July and the end of August, when the most sultry of days occur in the northern hemisphere, and what appears to be most especially Northern Virginia these last few days Who can argue against the notion that these hottest and most humid of summer days are marked by lethargy, inactivity and, dare I say it, indolence? Well, maybe those who love an over-abundance of crab grass now thriving in our stressed-out lawns and garden beds might argue against lethargy but, indolence?...Never!
zinnia...favorites of mine.
and colorful bloomers seem to defy the weather with almost disarming innocence. Yes, there are other blooming beauties out there like coneflower, vinca, Russian Sage and Black-eyed Susan's. However, their names just don't seem to roll off of the tongue as easily. And while petunias and geraniums seem to possess a musical lilt, they--even the so-called super ones--are looking a bit long in the tooth as of late. It's the zesty zinnias that own this weather, making them the jewels of the garden this time of year.
Zinnias love the garden lifestyle assigned to them by nature...bugs, deer and lack of water do not deter them and they love to crowd together enforcing the notion of the more the merrier! If the gardener is careful when watering, zinnias will resist mildewy and wilting leaves. I find zinnias to be, at this time of year, the simple abundance of the summer flower garden even while they share the limelight with their neighbors the sunflowers, cosmos, Queen Ann's Lace and the like.
So, lets all hail the wonderful, friendly and resilient zinnia for their grace under heated pressure and their sturdy ability to remain always lovely. Dog Days...indeed! Let's embrace this heat and call it Zinnia Days and we might all feel just a little bit better about this weather. I don't think the dogs will mind...do you?!