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Behind the Bloom: Zinnia

Behind the Bloom: Zinnia

| Rosie Jeffares-Levitt

In our cooler, a pail of daisy-shaped zinnias are a kooky kaleidoscope of colour. They always bring smiles & happiness! 

From vibrant yellows, oranges and pinks to lime green, apricots, and vanilla white – Zinnia's candy coloured domes are irresistibly sweet!

The trick to arranging zinnias is no trick at all: just keep it simple! Remove the leaves, leaving a few for fillers. Then level the blooms in one hand to even out the stem lengths, and trim them with the other. Zinnias are a "dirty" flower, in that they generate a lot of bacteria in vase water. Change the water and recut stems daily. I always add a drop of bleach to help them last. 

Zinnias are also edible, if not exactly tasty. Sprinkle individual petals on top of salad. They provide a dash of colour while also lending a little bitterness. Needless to say, leave them off the top of a wedding cake!

You might also notice that zinnias are a perfectly imperfect. Their petals can be slightly irregular. They sometimes curl and fade at the edges while their stems remain firm. Observing these differences, among the most eye-catching beauty makes me think of people, and how uniquely lovely we all are. And that makes me smile.
• Rosie, owner Quince Flowers

Vibrant and colorful display of various Zinnia flowers, blooming with multiple layers of petals in shades of pink, yellow, orange, and white. Detailed textures on petals and central blooms. Elegant white cursive lettering of 'Zinnia' against a black background. Order online for same-day flower delivery from the best florist in Toronto near you.

Botanical Blog

Written By: Rosie Jeffares-Levitt

A collection of blog posts written by one of Toronto's top florists. With two on-going blog series, the first about flowers called Behind The Bloom & the second about plants called Plant Life.