I am always surprised that the Test Gardeners in arid western states (like Leslie Doyle in Las Vegas) can grow stuff in summer that can only handle winter here in Florida. The desert is so much hotter! Our heat indexes have been in the triple digits for weeks now, very unusual for us, with very little rain, too.
The two All-America Selections zinnias we’re trialing—’Double Zahara Fire’ and ‘Double Zahara Cherry’—started blooming last week, and now they’re blooming their heads off. Flowers are small but the colors are vibrant. I’m impressed with their self-branching habit and disease resistance. A couple of the plants leaned over almost flat and sure enough they started branching out near the bottom. I do this on purpose with basil after it’s 4 or 5 years old, and we get some great new growth out of it.
In just 3 months I’ll be able to start most of those veggies the rest of the Test Gardeners have been eating for a while now!