Since I'm talking about things I started from seed this year (giant annuals and more annuals), let's talk about teasel. It has occurred to me that I'm always reporting about what's doing well in my garden but not the things that aren't doing so well. I'm not trying to deceive anyone, it's just that I've developed a gardener's mentality that I like to try new things and if some things don't work, then no big deal, I chalk it up to a learning experience! So I make a mental note but since it doesn't seem a big deal I rarely think to talk about it. One of the great things about gardening is "there's always next year."
Anyway, here's one of my "learning experiences". I tried teasel this year. I was sure I'd seen someone growing it in Calgary before, and I thought it would be a fun plant for the kids because the Squirrel character in the Little Grey Rabbit stories that they love always combs her tail with teasel flowers. So I ordered some seeds and then when the packet came it said "blooms in the second year". Uh-oh. Since it's not hardy here, I was pretty sure that meant I wasn't going to be getting any teasel flowers. And I was right. The teasel is the plant in the bottom center of the photo above - looking rather uninteresting, wouldn't you say?