I think you'll find Zinnias very rewarding, lindapalm. The green one came in a packet of green and white Zinnias from Diggers, here in Oz. Diggers have a lot of unusual plants. I don't mind any of the colours, the form of the flower is just so unreal, the colours so vibrant that I smile whenever I look at them. The Pelargonium cutting was a gift from the kind lady I bought some irises off.
So,a question for both of you, is the lack of snow unusual and a potential problem, as in lack of water later?