It is becoming apparent that I take the same touch of death that I have practised on house plants into the garden. It is very disheartening for a newbie gardener to find, to misquote Polly Garter from Under Milk Wood, "Nothing grows in our garden, only washing. And weeds."
This is my one truly successful zinnia. The others were eaten or developed a strange leaf disease or simply fell over and died of desperation. I don't know what this is but, bless it, it grows every year. It must have weed genes.