We are delighted to share with you this particularly attractive new Zinnia sold by Chiltern Seeds which will raise money for Thrive.
Zinnia 'Lilliput Purple' has abundant, small and perfectly formed pompom flowers on strong, medium height, perfect-for-cutting stems.
£1.50 from each packet sold is being donated to Thrive and the seeds are only available from the Chiltern Seeds website or via their catalogue. CLICK HERE TO BUY
Sally from Chiltern Seeds, said: "We became interested in the work that Thrive do after researching the link between mental health and the positive effects of gardening for one of our latest news articles for our website.
"We think the work they do is fantastic, bringing positive changes to people with disabilities and mental health problems through gardening.
"Last year we donated seeds for their veg box scheme that they ran in Birmingham and then donated the profits from our Christmas Cards.
"We thought a good way of raising money and awareness would be to sell a particular item in our catalogue. We chose the Zinnia because they are generally popular plants and easy to grow, and purple is one of the charity’s colours so thought it would make a good choice.
"We saw them growing at trials last year and loved the flowers – lots of quite small and very appealing pompom style flowers on medium height, strong stems so they are really good for cutting."
What's more, 2017 is the year of the Zinnia! Every year, Fleuroselect – the organisation which trials new seed varieties in European conditions – choose a flower of the year to focus their efforts on.
Zinnias are already much more popular now than they were 30 years ago and are widely grown in British gardens. Loved for being similar to, yet completely independent from, the dahlia and the daisy and their bright, vibrant colours, zinnias are set to come into their own in 2017.
So it's perfect timing to buy this delightful 'Lilliput Purple' and grow this long-lasting, colourful annual. Zinnias are easy to grow. They are half-hardy annuals, so need to be sown in the protection of a greenhouse or a propagator on a bright house windowsill in mid to late spring. Once they’re large enough to handle, prick them out individually and grow on before transplanting outdoors when all risk of frost has passed.
Zinnias make brilliant cut flowers for vibrant bunches in the house. Cut the main flower stem out for an arrangement and more flowers are soon produced from side shoots further down; strip the bottom leaves off the stems before placing them in water. And they’ll flower over a long period, up until the first frost.