Thanks for the input - I guess it works either way with the seeds...? I just can't wait to winter sow this year and actually grow from seed. My sister in law winter sowed some coneflowers and they are huge and bloomed this year, woohooooo!
Oh, the coffee filter method (or aka 'Deno Method') is another form of seed sowing. Sometimes I forego the Wintersowing and do perennial seeds using the 'Deno method' if I am starting my seed in late summer and then will plant the little baby plants directly into the ground in fall. Then they will root and grow bigger during the winter and next summer have a chance to mature enough to blossom. You can do a search on DG or Google for details on the 'Deno Method'.
Oftentimes in our climate here, if you start perennials using the winter sowing method they may not be mature enough the first year to bloom. I still like the wintersowing method the best (for me who is forgetful and inattentive so many of my seed sowing indoors, etc., ends in failure.)
Wow, very interesting. I assumed by fall trying to grow plants to go in the ground wasn't a possibility. I will search the Deno Method and check it out. I also bought some Columbine seeds for next spring, Clint, so they are going in the freezer tonight! I learn so much on this site every day! Cynthia