It's Seedy Saturday today but I never get a chance to go to this event because I'm always frantically getting ready at the last minute for my daughter's birthday party. I did however, take some time this morning to start some more seeds (priorities!):
- nicotiana sylvestris, annual - the last of the seeds from 2008, I don't really have space for this large plant this year, but I'll squeeze a few in because I got so many compliments on them last year, plus they smell awesome.
- verbena bonariensis, annual - this self-seeds around my garden but I always start a few extra to be sure. I grow it in the butterfly potager and the adventure garden. The last of the seeds bought in 2008. I should really get around to collecting my own from now on.
- cleome, annual - this package of seeds was purchased in 2008 and if they germinate well this year, I'll keep them for one more year because I still have tonnes.
- salvia marble arch, annual - another self-seeder but I always start some as well. I like to plant this in my front entry garden and always get lots of compliments on it. Used the last of the purchased seeds from 2008.
- castor bean 'impala', annual - the last 2 seeds from 2008. I usually grow this in a pot because I don't have a hot enough spot in the garden for its liking.
- lychnis (rose campion) - I have a few of these in my front welcome garden but I'd like to have a nice big patch so I'm starting some seeds that I purchased this year.
- amaranthus (love lies bleeding), annual - I got some seeds from a seed exchange so... why not?
- sidalcea (prairie or checker mallow), perennial - Also seeds from a seed exchange, but this is a perennial I don't have and would look great in my front entry garden. I have no idea what colour the flowers will be!
The seeds I started 2 weeks ago are all up and doing well - except the potentilla, of which only one germinated. Those seeds were also from an exchange and were labelled 2006, so I didn't have huge expectations for them anyway. As soon as there's room on my heat mat (probably about a week or so) I'll be starting some tomatoes - yee ha! It feels like spring!
To see some of the annuals I started from seed last year, check here. I notice I was complaining last August that I planted too many big annuals and should plant less in the future... yeah, that was the wisdom of mid-summer talking. Currently I'm in the middle of spring deprivation and my spring self is not listening to my summer-self... the more seeds the better! I can always give some plants away if necessary.
Now excuse me, I've got a birthday party to get ready for...