Zephyranthes, better known as Rain lilies, are native to the Western Hemisphere.
Soon after the rains have started these delicate plants burst in to flower which only last a day – but more come. Planting the bulbs around the roots of a tree is one of the best places for them as this soil is usually left undisturbed. They are happy in full sun. Up dated 27/12/16
Zephyranthe candida is the white variety.
Zephyranthe cirtina has a yellow flower a little like the Crocus.
Zephyranthe grandiflora has a pink flower.
Zinnia is native to the dry grasslands of America and Mexico. The plant was named in honour of the German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759).
Zinnias flourish at the coast with a little care, and are well worth the effort. They flower over long periods and re-seed easily. From time to time new seeds should be brought in to improve the colour range as the home seeded one revert to the pink very fast. Seed should be sown directly in flower beds or pots as they don’t like being transplanted.