2019 Flowers

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Chrysanthemums-Tricolor Daisy 

April 18 – slower growing, not due to bloom until closer to Fall.  You can read more about how we lost a few in the Greenhouse move.

The bloomed sooner than I thought, I didn’t care for them, will not grow them again.

Sunflower-Honey Bear

These will be directly seeded once the garden dries up a bit more, they will most likely bloom early August, late July.

September 11th-still waiting for the Honey Bears……

Strawflower-Tall Double Mix (see info below for Strawflower Apricot)

April 18 – over 25 are doing well in their trays in the greenhouse!

March 16, 2019 – they are tricky to grow in trays, very shallow coverings, we will see how they do!  

Gladiolus-Butterfly

This will be put in mid-May.

Carnation Orange Sherbet

January 27-finally put some seeds in dirt!! The package says 100 seeds, but there’s no way there’s 100 seeds in there! I planted 24, with probably a dozen left over for a second sowing in two weeks.

It says 130-140 days to maturity, 100 days from now will be June 5th, so we should have blooms mid June – early July?

They will go in my laundry room in the dark on a warming mat until the green house is ready. If they sprout before the green House is done, I’ll put a light on them. Once they go into the green house, I’ll probably keep the warming mat on them & the light until late March.

February 18, 2019 -The ones I planted 3 weeks ago are very thin, not sick looking or anything, just super slow growing – maybe an inch tall right now.

24 more seeds in flats.  There definitely wasn’t 100 seeds in the seed pouch.  They should probably lower their count down to 75, that would be a bit closer to the 48’ish  I ended up with.  

They are in smaller cell flats this time – mainly because I didn’t have another one the same size, and also because they do not grow super fast, so I figured i would just use the smaller cell.

Joe made the new light stand, so they are all under the new light on the heating mat.

I think I will move the stuff around in the laundry room to put my planting table in there.  I’ll need to clean up some crafting stuff that’s been creeping out into the area…!!

Carnation Benigna

January 27-finally put some seeds in dirt!! The package says 100 seeds, but there’s no way there’s 100 seeds in there! I planted 24, with probably a dozen left over for a second sewing in two weeks.

It says 130-140 days to maturity, 100 days from now will be June 5th, so we should have blooms mid June – early July?

They will go in my laundry room in the dark on a warming mat until the green house is ready. If they sprout before the green House is done, I’ll put a light on them. Once they go into the green house, I’ll probably keep the warming mat on them & the light until late March.

February 18, 2019 – The ones I planted 3 weeks ago are very thin, not sick looking or anything, just super slow growing – maybe an inch tall right now. These will be ready July 7.

24 more seeds in flats.  There definitely wasn’t 100 seeds in the seed pouch.  They should probably lower their count down to 75, that would be a bit closer to the 48’ish  I ended up with.  

They are in smaller cell flats this time – mainly because I didn’t have another one the same size, and also because they do not grow super fast, so I figured i would just use the smaller cell.

Joe made the new light stand, so they are all under the new light on the heating mat.

I think I will move the stuff around in the laundry room to put my planting table in there.  I’ll need to clean up some crafting stuff that’s been creeping out into the area…!!

Sweet Pea Edith Flanagan

Click her for a video tour of the sweet pea patch

January 27-finally put some seed in dirt! I ended up with 11, I didn’t want to have an uneven amount, so I stacked 3 pods with 2 seeds each.

Interestingly enough, the package says 90 days to maturity, so….perhaps I jumped the gun on these a bit? But it says plant indoors 10-12 weeks, which is this week, but according to all of this they should be Mature by mid April. There will definitely be more planted as the weeks go by so I have enough through the summer.

Edith Flanagan …. planted in the trough beginning of April, blooming May 15!

They will go in my laundry room in the dark on a warming mat until the green house is ready. If they sprout before the green House is done, I’ll put a light on them. Once they go into the green house, I’ll probably keep the warming mat on them & the light until late March.

February 18, 2019 – The sweet peas are stressing me out and getting me all worked up!  It’s kind of funny, poor Joe!  I wrote a blog post about them yesterday!  But for notes here – 3 weeks, 8 inches tall!  

Few look what I would call strong & sturdy – most are thin and leggy, some have given up and just died.  I thought I read some place that after the third set of leaves I was supposed to snip the top, which I did to mine and a few of Floret’s.  But now I’m thinking  I must have gotten that mixed up with something, I see that she snips the center out of her’s but I have no center in mine – literally mine are a long, thing stem with little leaves on it, all of them bent over (some of them I leaned up against straws for support) because they are so thin and so heavy.  I’m not giving up, but sweet peas were never a favorite of mine, and it’s not looking like they ever will be.  Mom was cute today, she is very skeptical of the possibility of the plants being taller than 3 feet tall.  Which of course made me want to try even harder!!  

Sweet Pea Earl Grey

January 27-finally put some seed in dirt! I ended up with 11, I didn’t want to have an uneven amount, so I stacked 3 pods with 2 seeds each.

Interestingly enough, the package says 90 days to maturity, so….perhaps I jumped the gun on these a bit? But it says plant indoors 10-12 weeks, which is this week, but according to all of this they should be Mature by mid April. There will definitely be more planted as the weeks go by to sure I have some through the summer.

They will go in my laundry room in the dark on a warming mat until the green house is ready. If they sprout before the green House is done, I’ll put a light on them. Once they go into the green house, I’ll probably keep the warming mat on them & the light until late March.

February 18, 2019 – The sweet peas are stressing me out and getting me all worked up!  It’s kind of funny, poor Joe!  I wrote a blog post about them yesterday!  But for notes here – 3 weeks, 8 inches tall!  

Few look what I would call strong & sturdy – most are thin and leggy, some have given up and just died.  I thought I read some place that after the third set of leaves I was supposed to snip the top, which I did to mine and a few of Floret’s.  But now I’m thinking  I must have gotten that mixed up with something, I see that she snips the center out of her’s but I have no center in mine – literally mine are a long, thing stem with little leaves on it, all of them bent over (some of them I leaned up against straws for support) because they are so thin and so heavy.  I’m not giving up, but sweet peas were never a favorite of mine, and it’s not looking like they ever will be.  Mom was cute today, she is very skeptical of the possibility of the plants being taller than 3 feet tall.  Which of course made me want to try even harder!!  

Sweet Pea-Noel Sutton

March 10th-10 seeds

Sweet Pea-Promise

March 10th-10 seeds

Sweet Pea-Molly Rielstone

March 10th-10 seeds

Sweet Pea-Spencer Ripple

March 10th-20 seeds

Godetia Grace Salmon

March 4, 2019

18 In the garage, on a heat mat, under the lamp in the soil from Garden Spot!

September 11th-all grew really well & hardy! Definitely do again, more succession planting!

Strawflower Apricot

March 4, 2019

24 (was supposed to be 50 in the envelope). In the garage, on a heat mat, under the lamp in the soil from Garden Spot!

September 11th-these did really well! Mom loved them, kept calling me the strawflower hoarder! I bought a mix from….Baker Seed (I think) which I think performed better than the Apricot’s from Floret. Many of them were taller than me! I’m saving seeds for next year!!

Cosmos Xsenia

March 16, 2019

First bloom picked May 31st!!

Annuals Baby Breath

September 11th-direct seeded twice, nothing grew. I’m hoping to try a 4×4 raised bed next year so I’m able to direct seed in there mid April.

Honeywart Pride of Gibraltar

25 In the garage, on a heat mat, under the lamp in the soil from Garden Spot! March 9

Finally put the oldest ones in the ground June 2nd!

September 11th-they did really well. certainly don’t need as many as I planted this year, certainly do again, and do more succession planting. I’m saving seeds, my first attempt at trying to sprout them has failed, so they are in the freezer now. Will try again soon.

Larkspur:

After some time and consideration I’ve decided not to plant any of these indoors. I needed the space for other things, and the advice from the people who know – say it does better when sown directly in the ground.

What’s kind of funny is that after finally looking at the picture in the book, I think we just may have had some of this given to us last year by a man who lives in Bellingham, who calls it deer crack because all the deer flock to it and eat it when it’s in bloom. It was a bit shabby when he gave it to us, and a bit hot when he dug it up, but we put it in the garden and hoped for the best. It never really took off like I expected it to, but it grew. So, we shall see how it goes!

Love-in-a-mist:

Direct seeded twice…nothing grew 😦 Next year try inside in a tray then transplant out!

Bells of Ireland:

February 18, 2019 – 101 seeds planted today – the number count on the package was correct on this one. I planted all 100 because I have another package of them, so I’ll plant more in a few weeks. I’m hoping they do not outgrow their cell try too quickly, they are in the 48 cell count.

They need darkness to germinate, ****UPDATE***** NO DARKNESS IS NEEDED!!! I MADE A MISTAKE!! so I will put them in the bathroom in the laundry room, I don’t have another heat mat yet – but will get one this week from the hardware store. From what I understand, they take a while to sprout, *****THEY TOOK 4 days to start poking through!!**** once they do, I will put them under the light, keeping the heat mat on.

It says 90-110 days from now we will have blooms, that will be mid to late May!! I will definitely do a second seeding in a few weeks!

March 10th-so many of them were leggy & sickly looking, or just dead, so I took them out. I saved about 20, but wanted to reseed…I planted 25’ish.

September 9th-it’s so amazing to see these pictures now….they did so well in the garden, I am still picking them and putting them in bouquets! yes they grew a bit sideways, but they are working very well – definitely do again!!

Queen Anne’s Lace:

March 4, 2019

15 In the garage, on a heat mat, under the lamp in the soil from Garden Spot!

September 11th – Most cycled out by Mid July, not sure I’ll do again, find a different alternative maybe – definitely do succession planting if you do plant again.

Zinnia Aztec Sunset:

These were fun to watch grow! All sorts of sizes & colors in this mix, very vibrant!

March 16, 2019

Zinnia Oklahoma Salmon:

March 16, 2019

Zinnia Senora:

March 16, 2019

Zinnia Queen Red Lime:

March 16, 2019

Zinnia Zinderella Peach:

March 16, 2019

Bachelors Buttons Classic Romance:

September 11th – direct seeded twice, nothing grew….I’m hoping to do a 4×4 raised garden that we can plant in sooner than later….more like the first week in April I’m hoping!

Orlaya White Finch Lace:

March 10-

September 11th-they did well! Do again, at least two succession plantings. I saved seeds….we’ll see if they do anything!

Stock Malmason Pink:

They started blooming mid June, one per plant, short stems, but I did manage to put one in a bridal bouquet!

Consider buying more seeds and planting more, and consider successive planting. I’m guessing I’ll be out & done by mid-July…

March 10-

Amaranth Opopeo:

March 16, 2019

September 11th – still going strong, still have lots left, great to use as a dried flower also – defiantly do again!! Try new colors!!!!

Basil Armaretto:

March 4, 2019

September 11th- did very well, definitely do again! Great filler, smells great, pretty no matter what stage it’s in! Consider succession planting!

Mid May

Celosia Supercrest Mix:

September 11th-didn’t do well at all, but….it could be that they were in an overcrowded row – try again….don”t give up! They are neat looking when they do grow!

Cosmos Seashell Mix:

March 16, 2019

Globe Amaranth Sunset Mix:

Not many of these survived, they were involved in the accident when we tried to move the tables, and they were planted in a crowded row. Try again next year, they look like fun!

Zinnia Giant Wine:

March 16, 2019

September 11th-they did great! Definitely do again!

Snap Dragons:

February 24- I wasn’t going to try these, but I saved a bunch of seeds last year, so I put them in some trays. The seeds are so tiny! I scattered some seeds in 24 seed pods, we’ll see what grows & how they do!

September 11th- they grew & most of them did very well!  They were mostly all white, try them again, buy new seeds this time – they were fun to have and they did end up getting tall, they need to be better taken care of, they can work harder for you next year.  

Giant Allium:

– We bought and planted these at the same time as the tulip bulbs. There is a group of 4 in a cluster by the kitchen window. They are not part of the cut flower garden. They will not be pulled up every year, they will stay where they are.

  • March 29th, They are coming up! So exciting! So far I only see 3….

Tulip Parade:

– January – we bought these bulbs back in the fall sometime with anticipation of putting them in the ground. But going back to work and the holidays got in the way, so they sat in the garage for a bit longer than I would have preferred. We had a decent day last weekend so I pulled them out only to find that they had about a half an inch growth on them already. However I was sure that it was going to be OK, to put them in. We poked some holes in the ground and dropped them in. We have super heavy, compact soil, so after poking the 6 inch deep hole I dropped the bulb in then covered it with sand, then tamped the hole in & down a bit. Tulips are pretty resilient, I’m crossing my fingers that they will be ok!

  • March 16- See note below!
  • April 30- All done!!  it was super windy the other day….so I cut them off and brought them inside.  The pink and white ones did really well, which I’m assuming are the Tulip Parade variety.  

Tulip Candy Apple Delight:

– January – We lined the flower garden outside the kitchen window with 48 tulip bulbs, (the ones listed on this page) Erin’s book said we could plant them close, like in an egg carton, so we gave it a try. The fields in Skagit County are clumped together real close too, so it seemed right..we’ll see! I will not be digging them up, they are in their final resting spot ❤️. I do need a few more to finish the border!

  • March 16-the heads are starting to poke through!! So exciting to see them pop up, I was a bit worried that when we popped them in the ground they were just going to be sitting in clay cups with sand on top….but they are coming up and look healthy! No sign of my ring though….
  • April 30 – I’m not sure the red ones didn’t do well because of the wind or because they were just not good bulbs…but they were a bit ragged compared to the pink & white ones.  

Tulip Red Emperor:

– see above notes

  • April 30-Oddly they have multiple tulips! Very neat!

Tulip Retro Tulip:

– see above notes

  • April 30-Super cute, not your typical crisp tulip, more of a raggy tulip. Kind of stunted….short…but still pretty!

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