Finally managed to get some seeds in the dirt January 31st!
I planted Lavender, Bee Balm, Eucalyptus, Snap Dragons, Geraniums, Petunias, Lisianthus, and Chinese Lanterns. All but the Snap Dragons are new to me. I have no idea what I am doing! So excited to say that I already have a few babies popping up. 1 Bee Balm, several Petunias, and 2 Geraniums!
I bought pelleted seeds for my Petunias, as well as unpelleted. Interestingly enough, the ones that are unpelleted are already growing. This probably shouldn’t come as such a surprise, but it certainly did, but I guess it makes sense that the seeds that are coated would take longer to sprout. I’m just surprised that they actually sprouted already – they are so TINY!! I thought they would be more difficult to sprout…. I had no idea that such a hardy plant would be so tiny to start out with. I love them so much, I usually end up spending a great deal of money on them to fill up the planters on the patio and along the greenhouse, so I thought to save some money, I’d start them from seed. The draw back to that, is they are taking up space & time….lots of space actually – precious space that I need for other seeds, but I will work something out!
I’m guessing my Lisianthus will take even longer than 7 days to pop up, due to the coating on them as well. I’m not super excited about growing these – simply because they are slow growing – they are very similar to Carnations when it comes to growth rate and space. I had a heck of a time last year with my Carnations, very slow growing, and then come to find out that people were not really interested in them because you can pick them up at any grocery store for 2$. You can’t pick up the Lisianthus for cheap at a grocery store, so maybe I will fall in love with them, and hopefully my clients will also?
I feel the same way about Snap Dragons, they are slow growing and everyone has them…but honestly, they are fun and my friend gave me hundreds of seeds from her garden, so of course I have to give it a try!
One of the Geraniums popped up super quick, so quick that I thought perhaps it was an impostor, like last year when I had Sunflowers popping up out of my Sweet Peas! But there are several more popping up that look exactly the same, I’m guessing, and hoping I did not get that many Sunflowers….time will tell!
I’m excited about my Bee Balm, since it’s a perennial, it will be the only thing that actually comes back out of the things I’ve started so far. I’ve been told the Chinese Lanterns might come back, but I’m putting them in containers due to them spreading, so we shall see what happens.
This weekend I am looking forward to planting Verbena and Saliva, both a very pretty blue – which apparently is the new, latest and greatest color being sought out by florist and brides this season – who makes this stuff up? I’m sure there will be others poked into dirt this weekend, it’s kind of a sickness!!
I’ll be putting four more flats in the house this weekend. I’m hoping the weather will simmer down and let us get outside soon so we can get the green house fixed. One of our big wind storms ripped two windows off the East side. We found one of the windows down and across the road almost to Joe’s brother’s house and the other one down near the pond. Not sure how the one that crossed the road made it without breaking or running into a car, not that the road is that busy, but honestly, can you imagine driving along and having a sheet of plastic pass in front of you?! Why did the window cross the road….??
The tulips are popping up – Sangria Splash was the first to pop up, hopefully they hold on tight through any cold snaps we may have this month. With the crazy flooding, snow, rain, wind and the likes who knows what’s next! Mother Nature can be very fickle at times!
Hope all is well on this soggy Thursday night! Thanks for stopping by, hope to see more of you soon!