In a Vase on Monday – Zinnias & Indiscretions for Christmas


My South Florida garden, being perverse as usual,  produced Zinnias for Christmas. I have been trying to figure out when to start seed for a couple of years and bought some fancy seed from Floret to try this fall. The seeds were Macarenia Zinnias – the red and gold flowers are Macarenias, most of the rest  came up from the same seed pack and are solid pinks, apricots and oranges. I actually like those better, the Macarenias look like  weird Marigolds to me.

The small tree is a European Cypress, I forwent a big Christmas tree as my younger greyhound, Fiona has been suffering from dietary indiscretions. First, I caught her trying to eat a CD?!  They are very crunchy. And then she gorged herself on Cabbage Palm berries resulting in a trip to the vet and a special diet for almost two weeks. I make an excellent canine chef and have cooked vats of rice, pumpkin and turkey for her. The food and medicine has her running laps in the backyard again. Here she is reclining on the porch.



Some close ups of the Zinnias. I am not sure what they are at this point. Mixed Christmas surprise Zinnias. The vase is a sugar bowl; the white flowers from Juba Bush (Iresine diffusa) and Asparagus Fern greenery that just floats around in my garden until I cut it for flower arrangements.

The back side of the vase, more surprises. I  planted some other Zinnia seeds – 4 cells out of about 20.



My older, more discreet greyhound, Alan Alda – under a past Christmas tree.


Thanks to Cathy, at for hosting this weekly event. Visit her blog to find links to vases from all over the world.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah to all.




20 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Zinnias & Indiscretions for Christmas

  1. I am always amazed at what a dog will eat. Have a great Christmas.


  2. Jon says:

    Miss Grant I hope you and the family have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Keep these cool vases coming.


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Bored dogs equal trouble! Always leaves me fantasizing about a canine treadmill to dispel the excess energy. 😉
    Lovely gifts from the garden – zinnias at Christmas, so nice! Have a great Christmas, A!


  4. Cathy says:

    Zinnias at Christmas – whatever next?! It’s always interesting to experiment with sowing times and it seems to have paid off with these, to a degree. Best wishes for the season

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  5. Lovely scene Queen. Fiona has issues. I hope Alan can set good examples for her to follow.


  6. Kris P says:

    Poor Fiona! I wonder what it was about a CD that attracted her. In any case, I’m glad she’s feeling better and that the older, wiser Alan didn’t follow her example. That you can make zinnias bloom at this time of year speaks volumes about the differences in our sunny climes. Best wishes for a very happy holiday, Amelia!

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    • Well, Fiona tried to eat another piece of plastic today, I think she is just goofy. The Zinnias are as well. They flower but are kind of dwarfed, from day length, my guess. Hope you have a smorgasboard of a holiday!!


  7. Chloris says:

    Christmas zinnias, now there’s exotic. Years ago I had a Great Dane and one year for a whole Christmas period his poo was tastefully decorated with bits of tinsel and glittery stuff. All very festive. Happy Christmas Amy.

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  8. pbmgarden says:

    So excited to see your zinnias today! Have a happy holiday season!

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  9. Cathy says:

    Zinnias at Christmas is great, whatever the colour! Happy Christmas to you and your doggies and I hope the younger one will get through this phase of eating strange things soon! (My first dog – a Cocker Spaniel – ate just about everything from socks to Scrabble letters!)

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  10. Love Fiona and Alan! Zinnias in December…and January too, I bet! How can your heart not sing?

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  11. tonytomeo says:

    Oh . . . they do look like weird marigolds. They also look too summery for winter.
    European cypress still makes me laugh. They are cultivars that have been bred primarily from species of Chamaecyparis that are endemic to the Eastern and (to a lesser degree) Western edges of North America. They are about as European as the African flame bush from New Zealand (with purple bloom – not orange) is African.

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