Since November the garden has been generous with Zinnias. They grow astonishingly fast from direct sowing with an electric array of blooms; they are the song to honey bees.
Each Zinna is like a little hydra – you can chop one flower off and you get another two. Chop two off and you’ll get four. As I have many indoor plants and because a house has lack of beneficial predators I rarely bring the flowers inside (for risk of pest infestation).
They are usually surprised and thankful as I would be. Sometimes people refuse the offer – I’ve never asked why but I’m always strangely confused.