Jim Hovest with his grandsons Tanner and Troy Hovest stand in the large zinnia field Jim grows each year. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Jim Hovest with his grandsons Tanner and Troy Hovest stand in the large zinnia field Jim grows each year. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

GILBOA — If you happen to be traveling down Road J-3 north of Gilboa, a rainbow of colors may catch your eye. The colors are 1/8 acre of zinnias on the Ruth and Jim Hovest.

Jim has been planting the zinnias for several years.

“I keep my own seed for the next year,” Jim said.

The garden is twelve rows wide by 50 feet long.

Ruth said they often see cars slow down to look at the flowers.

“We’ve had some people come and take graduation or other pictures in the flower garden,” she said.

Jim, who has been a farmer all his life, said planting the zinnias is just something he enjoys doing.

Standing at the edge of the garden he pointed out his wife’s colorful gladiolas. “You should do a story on her flowers,” he said laughing.

Ruth said although she planted bulbs of many colors this year, only two varieties, white, and maroon and white, came up.

“I may have to buy new bulbs next year if I want more colors,” she said.