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I planted these Zinnias in a bed in front of my garage (street side of the house) thinking they would be tall, but so far, they are more like ground cover. Perhaps I should give them time. They were plants purchased from Wal-Mart rather than from seeds. I'm wondering if Wal-Mart has invaded Europe yet???
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May 12 2013 08:35 GMT junne PRO
superb image again, most tastefully framed. you really are an artist.

i don't know about europe but they are sure here in china. not in my town, but everywhere else. unfortunately they don't carry the stuff we are used to. more in line with the public's demands.
May 12 2013 10:39 GMT superJoan
I think that ASDA is part of Wall Mart.Great shot of Zinnias larry
May 12 2013 10:41 GMT superJoan
I think that ASDA is part of Wal-Mart Larry. Lovely shot of Zinnias, they do not grow very tall
May 12 2013 14:38 GMT bandsix
Lovely Zinnias, however tall or short they are! And yes, Walmart is here - Asda, as Joan says.......
May 12 2013 21:52 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you G√ľnter. I have read that 67% of the merchandise in USA Wal-Mart's is made in China. I also have read (Wall Street Journal) that a lot of manufacturing is moving to Bangladesh and Indonesia because wages in China have been going up on average, 20% per year for the past 5 years. I may be mistaken, but I'm thinking minimum wage in China was quoted as being $2 per hour (conversion to dollars).
May 12 2013 21:54 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Joan. Most Zinnias I have planted from seed grow so tall, I have to "stake" them....maybe around 24inches (60+ cm)
May 12 2013 22:03 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Barbara. I wonder what ASDA stands for? Wal-Mart (ASDA) is constantly spreading, but from what I understand, the pace is very slow in India because of their system of having to go through so many "middle men." I hear people complaining about Wal-Mart all the time, but the stores are always full of shoppers....mostly poor and middle class folks like me. Lots of very wealthy people where I live.....almost never see them in Wal-Mart!
May 13 2013 10:58 GMT Papagena
Magnificent presentation !! You are a fantastic flower specialist Larry !!
May 13 2013 14:08 GMT annieann PRO
such wonderful work larry
May 13 2013 16:15 GMT ForestSpirit
Gorgeous zinnias and great editing!
May 15 2013 02:30 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Helen. Oh, that it were true! :-) I live in Florida Helen....lots of sunshine and flowers. Not so many great architectural wonders!
May 15 2013 02:30 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Annie
May 15 2013 02:31 GMT larrybenedict
Sylvia, I learned the editing from you and Barbara. What fun!
May 15 2013 09:33 GMT senna3
I would like to have such a decorative ground cover in our garden!
May 15 2013 10:02 GMT mariazinha32
wish you all the best on FT.
Thank you for your sweet comments trough the years.
May 15 2013 17:26 GMT larrybenedict
Peter, the flowers are a delight. I wish I could grow tulips too, but some of my wishes just are not in the realm of possibility.
May 15 2013 17:28 GMT larrybenedict
Thank YOU Mafalda.
May 16 2013 02:20 GMT Jakeobean
Larry....stunning photograph and great presentation....
May 16 2013 17:54 GMT SIGMUND
lovely!!
May 17 2013 20:26 GMT gtc126
Outstanding Series of Flower Captures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!How are you doing????????
May 18 2013 00:34 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Glenn. Doing well for an old man. If I was still young, then I would be a little worried and start taking better care of myself. I probably should do that now.

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