Hiya BluePoppy! Oh yes, like Happy said, if you start a thread in the Winter Sowing area, I'm sure I'll find you and help you out all I can. Winter Sowing is how I got started in yardening and it is sooooooo addictive! I'll look forward to chatting with you there. :)
Dianthus work well for me this way, also. Any seed with germination instructions that include "cold stratifying" or "nick & soak" will do well being winter sowed... the natural freeze-thaw helps break down tough seed coats.