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Yes, lots of people do. For me in my climate, I have to start earlier to get things in the ground before the soil freezes. I have a few jugs, sown in the normal WS method, that were sown around late July. I've kept them in mostly shade, with just a little morning sun, to keep them from frying. I hope to plant them out in fall. But first, I have to yank annuals and some perennials, divide or move others. My beds are such jungles it seems an impossible task at this point. And we've had no rain in weeks, maybe a month, so digging in my clay is like digging rock.
I generaly just start the bi's in the summer for fall planting but I have so many perennial seeds I bought late last winter ,spring and then caught some June sales so now I have so many seeds I didn't want to be overwhelmed w/ winter sewing all of them. What are some of the perennials you sew now?
We had an unusual ammount of rain this year. Summer was a wet one so I understand about the impossible task of cleaning weedy beds. I started a week ago and I can hardly tell a difference it's such a jungle out there.I have tons of plants from WS and early spring sewings to get out but I have to make room for them.Vines of all sorts have taken over and not desirable types either.
Mine aren't even weeds, it's all wall-to-wall flowers. No easy task to clear something like this. I have 3 island beds similarly stuffed, a couple of small borders on the sides of the yard, and a border next to the house on all 4 sides.
I started just a few jugs this summer - delosperma, penstemon, rudbeckia hirta, and lobelia cardinalis. As you can see from my picture, I already am stuffed full of plants.
That just lovely.
I'm trying to fill my beds so there's no room for weeds but the weeds alway manage to rear their ugly heads. I had my shade beds on the west side of the property line almost full then the neighbors cut down a big oak in their yard that supplied about 50% on the shade and a lot of the plants in the bed fried so it's back to the drawing board on that bed.
I have some more digitalis seeds and I'm on the 3 rd try with penstemon "Chocolate Drop" seeds. I don't know what the trick is with this varity. I've grown 7-8-9-? var. of penstemon from seed and CD is one of the very few I've had trouble with. Maybe sewing them now would do the trick.
t: Not digitalis, I started some of those last winter. They've been in the ground since early spring and are now big basal plants which should first bloom next spring.
I did start a few new rudbeckia, penstemon, lobelia cardinalis, at the very end of July. Most of the penstemons disappeared the same day that I found a caterpillar in the rud jug eating away. Apparently the cat visited the penstemon before moving on to the ruds. I have just a few penstemon left. I'm in the process of clearing the jungles in my flower beds so hopefully it won't be too long until I can plant out the new seedlings. (Of course, I've spent a week and haven't finished clearing even one bed. I'm yanking annuals, transplanting perennials... lots of work involved).
I have started 3 or 4 kinds of foxglove this summer; right now I have hollyhock seedlings of various kinds, and two or three kinds of agastache. I am growing seedlings of 2 of my prettiest
Shasta daisies and a new one- Double Polaris. I bought those seeds on ebay, and I certainly hope the are indeed double. I have Canterbury bells and some sweet William to put out as
well as lupines. I do have things I want to start over the winter, but I will have to make more
cardboard/compost/mulch beds for the spring. It's nice to be able to use seeds from last year's
winter sowing plants.
I have so many plants from last WS that I haven't gotten planted out yet...but I'm working on it. Don't even talked to about all the seeds I never got sewn.
I'm excited about the silenes Purple Prince and Graham's Delight I grew from WS. I'm planting some out in the next few weeks and can't wait for next spring to see them in their glory. PP has held some of it's purple coloring but GD reverted back to green with our summer heat.
I have quite a few Columbine plants that were started too late this year and so are still small. They are in 6 paks and I don't
expect them to be large enough to plant out before frost. Any suggestions on how to get them through the winter?
capecod, I would put them in the ground right away. Columbines are very sturdy. Anyway, what
is your alternative? They would be hardened off in a couple of weeks, and I'll bet most of them
will make it.
Gloriag, you are right of course. Reading your post I remembered once having 2 prized primroses still in pots late in the season.
So I planted them right in the pots and they were fine, put them in the ground in spring. Don't know how many people plant in
6 paks but I'm going to. At least I'll be able to find them in spring. Haven't heard of Remay but I will check it out. Thanks
I really should do Hollyhocks over the summer, but i keep forgetting.
This year i did 3 containers of Butterfly Weed, hopefully they will bloom next season. Just got them planted today.
Though i'm taking on jug north to my summer place... wont get them in the ground til next week.