Final in our alphabet of living things. (Little did I know when I started they’d all turn out to be plants.) Certainly not last in the garden or in childhood memories.
When I was a child, most flower gardens included Zinnia. Plant them in a border after the vegetable garden is in and you’ll be rewarded by mid-summer with a splash of color which continues to frost. They make a fine cut flower to add a dash of class to the dining table. Or you can pause in your vegetable harvest and enjoy the butterflies and occasional hummingbird they attract.
They are a fitting end — planted along the end of our spring and summer exploration of plants. So breath deep, enjoy our alphabet garden. You’re sure to find something to strike your fancy and grown in your 2016 garden.