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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2011
5:12 PM

Post #8374086

My mixed hollyhock seeds were the first to germinate. I'm so excited to see my first seedlings.

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tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8374099

very exciting!! you know HH"s dont bloom til second year. for me, it's so hard to wait.

I wont see any seedlings for at least a month.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8374101

This week 2 containers of poppies seeds and 1 Misty Mauve delphiniums have also germinated. I didn't realize that the poppy seedlings would be so tiny. 1st pic. are the poppy seedlings, which were sown in an open flat that gets afternoon sun. I've had to water it more than the covered container of poppy seedlings as expected.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2011
5:28 PM

Post #8374121

Thanks tcs1366, guess I'm going to have to be patient for those blooms. I'm so excited to have success with ws, I'm going to have to tell all of my friends.LOL Here are the Misty Mauve seedlings of delphinium elatum. I glad they have come out so quickly. Haven't grown delphiniums before. I'm looking forward to their first blooms. Seeds came form New Zealand.

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

February 17, 2011
12:03 PM

Post #8377339

CEM9165,
From New Zealand? From LenaBeans? If so, send her a shout out from Gymgirl!
LesMc
Louisville, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 17, 2011
4:51 PM

Post #8377889

Cem9165...I also ws seeds from New Zeland last week! My friend vacationed there and brought them back for me. I have tried to plant Delphiniums before with no luck so I am trying to ws the seeds. Your pictures were exciting to me. Have you grown them in your GA. garden? I have heard that they do not like the heat. I am in Louisville,Ky. and we have hot humid summers. I will watch for your future posts and wish you much luck with all of your seeds. Lesley
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 17, 2011
8:25 PM

Post #8378273

Gymgirl, seeds came from Dowdeswell's in New Zealand. LesMc, I know they say that delphiniums don't do well in the heat, but I understand that these have been bread to be more heat tolerant. Thanks for the well wishes. I'll let you know how the plants do here in GA. I love a challenging plant. Annette
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 19, 2011
5:45 AM

Post #8380226

Annette, I have an idea. Since you are so excited, why not invite a few friends over for a small get together. Don't tell them what it is all about, and provide light refreshments, do a Wintersowing demonstration for them, from cutting the jug, taping, making your labels for inside, potting mix, the whole 9 yards. When they leave, send them home with with their first pkt. of seeds or more if you feel generous, and few milk jugs with printed off instructions for wintersowing. Don't forget to show them how to make air circulation and drainage holes in the jugs and tell them how they to go about getting more milk jugs or liter bottles(recycle bins or friends or family) Make it fun and they will see how easy it really is. We could all do this to introduce more of our family and friends and co-workers to wintersowing.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 19, 2011
8:06 PM

Post #8381658

Pippi21, I've definitely been telling everyone I know about winter sowing. It's a great idea to have a winter sowing party. I'll definitely have to have one next winter. I even told a friend of mine, who leads a brownie troop, about what a great project winter sowing would be for her girls.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 21, 2011
8:18 PM

Post #8385574

More seeds have germinated, my Shasta Crazy Daisy, Shasta White Night, Catmint Grandview, wild flax, lupines, echinacea, the gas plant seeds ( which could have taken 6 months) and my delphinium mix seeds. Just have to keep the seedlings watered since it's warmed up significantly.
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 21, 2011
9:00 PM

Post #8385629

Yeh for Annette! Didn't you say this was your first year trying Wintersowing? It's a lot warmer in Ga. than here in Md. We're getting snow and sleet again tonight. I don't have any germination yet unless it happened since yesterday. I started on 12/30/2010. This will probably be my last week sowing as my husband is having eye surgery next week and I'll be playing Nursemaid for a few weeks. I'm way over the limit I set for my goal. I need to stop this week, no room to put the milk jugs anymore.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 22, 2011
5:57 PM

Post #8387233

Pippi, best of luck to your husband with his surgery. Yes, we are much warmer this year at this time than we have been in past years. I'm thrilled with the results of ws so far, and if this weather continues to be so warm, the rest of the seeds will germinate. We have been known to have ice storms in late March and we've had tornadoes as early as April, with our crazy weather. I'll have to make sure I'm able to protect the seedlings if the weather turns cold again, as I suspect it will. Be careful getting around in that ice and snow. Annette

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 8, 2011
11:31 AM

Post #8414578

I did not take a pic, as they are tiny... but i have my first sprouts... Agastache Honey Bee White.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 8, 2011
7:24 PM

Post #8415586

Congrats tcs, my Agastache sprouted about a week after I planted them, with our warm weather. Now it's cold again in GA, I'm going to have to monitor the frost report.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 9, 2011
1:35 PM

Post #8416823

Here are the hollyhocks now. They're getting big.

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diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 9, 2011
7:38 PM

Post #8483945

Yah! I just checked my jugs, I have Burgundy and Vanilla Scabiosa germinating along with Penstemon Red Towers.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 9, 2011
7:46 PM

Post #8483966

Congrats diamond, the seeds know it's Spring and time to start growing. I'm sowing my last jugs this weekend.
diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2011
7:32 AM

Post #8484782

I'm going to invite Carolyn22 over. She was worried about wsing some seeds and wondered if it was too late. Are you putting out annuals? I'm sure your zone is past the frost date.

Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 10, 2011
8:36 AM

Post #8484895

Yep, I started some yesterday, and I'll do the rest of them today. Our last frost date is usually the end of April or early May. I also started the basil and peppers last week and the basil has already germinated and 1 seedling found in the peppers today. If it gets cold again, I'll just cover them over since they're in pots.
diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8485386

Cem, I bought the purple Basil for decorations. Do you have any experience with the darker Basil?
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 10, 2011
2:08 PM

Post #8485454

My coldframe registers 101F in the weak noonish sun. 41F on the front porch. CF is on the back deck but still getting direct sun. Since I have no germination I am thinking I will leave the flaps down and let the heat crank.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 10, 2011
5:48 PM

Post #8486002

The basil that was sown last week was the Dolce Vita Blend and conatined 6 kinds of basil, one of which was purple. The pot has already germinated, and all the seedlings look green so far. I hope it does well, since I enjoy cooking with fresh spices. I'll keep you posted on it's progress. Mstella, that's really warm in you cold frame. Have your jugs defrosted yet? How warm can the seeds stand? Annette
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 10, 2011
6:36 PM

Post #8486140

I have both gallon jugs, salad containers (those you get from the salad bar), and even a couple of clear soda containers that had tops. They are all thawed out but no growth so I am assuming that if I keep them moist the warmth will help them germinate. I hope!
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 10, 2011
6:43 PM

Post #8486169

Can the cold framed be opened partially during the daytime so that it doesn't get so warm. I don't know how warm the seed can be, or if they germinate, would the seedlings be affected by the temperature?
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 10, 2011
10:22 PM

Post #8486647

Good point, Cem. Yes, I have two zippered flaps that can be opened. I will keep an eye on the temp when we have a clear day and sun and let a little of the heat escape. Should still be nicely warm inside.
diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2011
5:01 AM

Post #8486868

Does the cold frames have any vent openings?
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 19, 2011
7:36 PM

Post #8507664

Diamond, I wanted to let you know that the purple basil germinated well in an open pot. The seedlings are purple and adorable. see the picture below. Annette

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diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2011
11:14 PM

Post #8507972

Thanks Annette! I was just eyeballing those sseds again. I am finally starting to get some sprouts now that we have 70 mile per hour winds!

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 20, 2011
8:50 AM

Post #8508708

I check my cold frame every day. If I open the flaps it runs about 90 at the worst; I have a little sign of growth; a few little bits in the poppies and the Clarkia (Godetia) has sprouted but when the wind rolled the containers (before putting them in the cold frame) it really did a number on them. Oh well. I will know better this fall.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 20, 2011
7:10 PM

Post #8509939

Nice seedling diamond. Mstella, I'm sorry that your containers were affected by the wind. Glad you've got some seedlings despite that. Annette
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 20, 2011
7:28 PM

Post #8509989

Annette, I just planted three 'six-paks' with some of my spare poppy seeds, colors I really don't want to lose. Lavendar, purple, and a red-purple that was apparently a cross between my reds and my purples. I should have growth in the cold frame before what I tossed in the yard comes up. Where there is a will there is a way!
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 20, 2011
8:18 PM

Post #8510101

I'm glad you had extra seeds. Please post pictures when they start blooming.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 21, 2011
9:45 AM

Post #8511108

I have several spice bottles full of seed. May have mixed all of some in one bottle (unlabeled of course) to spread like johnny appleseed. Hate to waste the seeds. I seeded one of the city's dahlia beds last fall. Out by the airport. Will be interesting to see what grows. :)
diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 21, 2011
11:50 AM

Post #8511351

After your seeds have germinated, if you get freezing weather, do you all cover your containers? I think we may have had some low temperatures last night.

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