This Year, Zinnia Elegans

I have been walking around the back yard in the late Fall sunshine plotting and imagining what will go where come Spring. Here in zone 8b, I have heard tale of the record heat waves and heat index scales tipping towards drought conditions this past half year while I was bicycling through a Northern European capital in the cool rain. I haven’t had more than one camellia bloom, yet, this season even though the bushes are full of buds because it is still quite warm, much warmer than I recall, here on the brink of December. While we wait for a frost (which may never come) and hope that the Saucer Magnolia isn’t really about to bloom this week, I must consider hot gardens and what’s to come. It will be zinnias and tomatoes for me, I think. I love them both so much. I found this sketch online and it suits me today. A lot of dreams begin in black and white before they blossom into powerful, pretty, punchy color.

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