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Report From PIA – August 22

In early July I wrote about cutting my ‘Rozanne’ Geraniums down to the ground. They weren’t performing as this perennial should, so I cut them down and planted young Profusion zinnias in the spaces that were created. Within three weeks the zinnias were flower-filled and full, and they should remain so through the rest of the season.

I think of so many of my GardenLine callers and garden center customers who want to have all of their planting done by Memorial day. If I had stuck to such a rigid schedule, and not been willing to plant in July, I wouldn’t be enjoying those Apricot Profusion zinnias today.

We set artificial deadlines for ourselves that have no bearing on reality. Some might think that they need to have their education finished by a particular age, or be promoted or retired by a certain point. In truth, we’re all creating and cultivating our lives day by day, as long as that life lasts.

There is worth in being willing to plant throughout the season.

Not only are the Profusion zinnias looking great, but the Geranium 'Rozanne' behind it is decent now as well.

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