Here is Verbascum, 'Southern Charm' that finally germinated. It just goes to show you that you shouldn't toss out containers that haven't germinated from the previous year...they still might surprise you!
Soooo cool! Waiting a 2nd yr would be really hard for me! Well, they did peep through chicken grit, for future fungus gnat problems. I have DE too. I don't think I've had as many problems when something is outside, though now that I think about it, do you?
My Allium flavum tauricum (fragrant allium, mixed colors) has sprouted. It was supposed to need warm/cold/warm but germinated in 2 weeks warm only. I'm going to put it outside today and keep my fingers crossed that some survive the winter. Why does it feel like murder?? LOL
Shirley - How long ago did you sow the hellebore?
I'm amazed at all the sprouts everyone has already! Good luck everyone and keep us posted on how the little ones are doing.
Joanne: Congrats on getting your Allium to germinate so quickly. Please let us know how the Allium seedlings do outside.
I sowed Helleborus "Gold Bullion" at the end of December. I think that one seedling was an 'eager beaver'. It should be interesting to see how it does throughout the Winter. However, Hellebores love the cold and a lot of them begin to flower just as winter starts and through out early Spring.
Shirley - Hellebores are my favorite and I'm happy to hear they germinate with Wsing. I ordered a bunch of plants from the hellebore co-op because I wasn't sure if any of my seeds would actually sprout. I would be in heaven if even 1/4 germinate for me! I agree that your seedling should be just fine over the winter... congrats!
Well, I now feel totally outdone...LOL!!! How big is your yard bigred? 40 Acres? I have some friends that live in Leslie, AR. They keep trying to get us to move up there - just one problem, no jobs! But it sure is a slice of heaven - especially a little town called Mountain View that I went to in order to hear some good ol' fiddlin'. I'm looking forward to another visit in the future.
Oh, my columbines haven't sprouted. Do they need soaking or nicking and I overlooked it?
Thanks for the reassurance Shirley. The Columbines, one set of Polidor and the Helenium are my slow pokes on the first round. Everybody else except my mystery seed container are going like gangbusters!
I only have an acre and half in yard and 3 veg. gardens,I trade on gardening forums,donate some to city projects,do farmers market .I also am a hobby grower,retailing and wholesaling localy to make money to support my gardening habit and desire to have every plant I see that has a chance growing in my hot and humid summers..
You southerners are just showing off early, trying to make us jealous. But our current weather makes me glad I didn't start sowing during our freaky December and early January warm weather. It's snowing now, 17 degrees tonight, and staying cold for at least the next 10 days. If I had sprouts out there now I'd be smacking myself.
Bigred, is your GH heated? I am new to winter sowing and thought if they grew tiny leaves and then got a late snow it would kill everything. I am starting pansies, I know they can take the cold weather.
What do you think about the garden domes with little peat pots? Pros and cons. I was at Lowes yesterday but didn't buy any.
I've been off-line for over a week...insert twitches,jerks and the shakes here for withdrawal.
I have 1.5 aces of yard w/one med-size veg.garden..the other veg. gardens...one across the road apx.1/4 acre or tad larger and another one just up the road behind our pasture probably a little over an acre. The one here in the yard is for our personal use the other ones are personal use and farmers market produce and pick-your-own
I have two 20x40 greenhouses,neither heated. I started seeds back in Dec. in them and will continue to sew seeds up until end of May. Take a break during the heat of the summer until end of Aug. or mid-Sept to start more perennials and biennals. I can't do pansies for fall because of our heat.
I've also been know to leave plants sitting out all winter with little or know ill effects except for neighborhood pets and other wild animals so That's the reason I quit doing outdoor winter sewing.
(Sunny packs up and moves in next to Bigred to share in all that land...and to help with the work of course)
No critters in mine (yet), and the Nasturtiums that fared badly one night seemed to have bounced back some with a little coddling. I guess I'll find out what freezing temps mixed with sleet does this week, as that's what we're in for Wednesday night.
I'm sure DH will have to tie me to a chair or something to keep me from dashing out and hauling them all into the garage!!