Spot that Plant: Zinnia elegans 'Benary's Giant Salmon Rose'


Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
Russell Baker

Are you experiencing sweltering heat where you live? This has been a pretty crazy end of summer in our Zone 5B garden. Temperatures were in the chilly single-digits last week but headed higher into the high 20+ degrees this week (30C+ with humidity). While most of our blooms don't seem to know what to do with themselves (some are really leggy, some are very floppy, more than a few are leggy and floppy), the zinnias that I planted in late spring are thriving and trouncing almost every other plant in the late summer garden sweepstakes.

The flower images shown here are the Salmon Rose variety of Zinnia elegans from the Benary's Giant series. The Benary's Giant line of dahlia-like zinnias was developed by Ernst Benary Samenzucht, a 170-year old seed breeding company with an interesting history. Benary's Giants are truly ginormous (as my daughter likes to say), with flower heads ranging from 3 to 5 inches across, which are very ably supported by their sturdy stalks that stay upright without staking, something I can't assert about my dinner-plate dahlias (lying face down in the dirt even as I type). I haven't seen any pest activity on these beauties but this is only my first year of growing this type of zinnia so time will tell if they are as insect and disease-resistant as claimed. I think I will switch these superlative annuals around with my weak-stemmed, aphid-infested dahlias in the front yard next year, perhaps in a wider variety of colours and in greater numbers so I can also use them as cut flowers in the home.

Have you spotted any Benary's Giant zinnias in your neighbourhood or are you growing some? Share a photo or story in the comments below. :)


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Art for Inspiration: Mixed Flowers by Margaret Rose Preston

"Mixed Flowers" by
Margaret Rose Preston (1875 - 1963)

“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
― Andy Warhol

“What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul.”
― Deepak Chopra, Life After Death: The Burden of Proof

“But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water

Antique Garden Graphic for Crafts, Scrapooking or Card Making: Aviary in a Victorian Garden



Larks in the morning, crickets at night. There is no other world.
Marty Rubin

A black and white illustration of an aviary in a Victorian garden, surrounded by climbing roses and wild convolvulus. This particularly ornamental aviary was manufactured by Mr. E. Crook of 5, Carnaby-street, Regent-street, London, and was quite popular with many ladies of that era. The drawing originally appeared in the June 23, 1893 issue of The Girl's Own Paper. You can download a 5.5” x 6” @ 300 ppi JPEG (without a watermark) here. I've shown a sample of how I used it to create a patterned paper that you can use in collage or decoupage projects but the image is versatile enough to incorporate in other crafts or design work. If you like, you can download the high-res 12" x 12" @ 300 ppi digital paper here.

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Whimsical Victorian Graphic for Crafts, Collage, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Garden Fairy with Pink Rose


I was very much provoked.
Of course, I knew there are no fairies;
but that needn't prevent my thinking there is.
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

A cherubic girl garden fairy, balancing delicately on the leaf of a rose bush. She is gazing intently at a tiny little seedling in her hand. You can download the 5" x 7.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG for crafts, collage, scrapbooking or card making projects here.

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Art for Inspiration: Plaisirs des champs by Jules-Cyrille Cavé

"Plaisirs des champs, 1919"
by Jules-Cyrille Cavé (1859 - 1949)

“She grew up in the ordinary paradise of the English countryside. When she was five she walked to school, two miles, across meadows covered with cowslips, buttercups, daisies, vetch, rimmed by hedges full of blossom and then berries, blackthorn, hawthorn, dog-roses, the odd ash tree with its sooty buds.”
― A.S. Byatt, Ragnarok

"What a joy it is to feel the soft, springy earth under my feet once more, to follow grassy roads that lead to ferny brooks where I can bathe my fingers in a cataract of rippling notes, or to clamber over a stone wall into green fields that tumble and roll and climb in riotous gladness!"
― Helen Keller

Vintage Nature Clipart for Crafts, Collage, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Frolic, the White Squirrel

“Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”
George Eliot, Mr Gilfil's Love Story

This illustration originally appeared in the December 1904 issue of St. Nicholas Magazine. Drawn by Meredith Nugent, it shows Frolic, a young albino squirrel that became a much-loved family pet. "In June, he stained his paws with strawberries; in August he feasted on mushrooms; and during winter birch buds fresh from the snowy woods were always a great treat." You can download a 6" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG for collage, scrapbooking or card making projects here.

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Antique Illustration for Collage, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Elegant Lady in the Garden 1


There are times when we stop, we sit still.
We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.
James Carroll

First-generation digital scan of a black and white engraving from August 3, 1873. The illustration shows a fashionable Victorian woman sitting on her terrace, enjoying the fresh air under the protection of her parasol. Surrounding her is lush summer greenery, growing with wild abandon. The outfit was supplied by Mme. Fladry, located at rue Richelieu, 43 in Paris. You can download the 6.25" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG for crafts, collage, scrapbooking or card making here.

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