Gregor Mendel was a pioneer in studying genetics in peas. It is amazing how far the study of genetics has come. You can send off and order a DNA test that will tell you your origins and also, people who have the same DNA who might be your long lost relative. But, the genetic changes that take place in people and flowers has never changed. When two flowers come together through pollination, the genetics and DNA are mixed and altered. Sometimes odd mutations occur. I love exploring the genetic changes in flowers by saving the seeds and replanting them the next year. The mix of genes in these zinnias from last year are evident in the new flowers produced this year. Most are still the same, but these few come through missing some petals and parts. I will save the seeds from them and see what comes out next summer. Enjoy my odd flowers.
Zinnias full bloom
Summer sun accents beauty
Mutant genes revealed
Photos: Dwight L. Roth
Hope you enjoyed my little botany lesson!