Hello everyone! I hope your week has been a great one.
I know some of you have seen all kinds of weather this week from one extreme to the next, but I pray that everyone is safe and well.
We had maybe an inch or two of our snow melt yesterday but we are getting more than that today and tonight to make up for our terrible loss. LOL!
So many people are going to be glad to write this winter off and just move on.
Look what I got in the mail this week! My seeds from Swallowtail Gardens arrived and I am so glad they are here. Now I can hibernate indoors and plant seeds and dream of bright, colorful flowers and forget about all that white stuff outside.
In this order were the usual seeds that I plant every year, because that is what I can get to grow here on a good year anyway, such as
geraniums and impatiens.
And of course petunias are a must here.
This year it is ”Red Hurrah” petunias, and because I always like to try a new petunia every year, “Frost Fire” petunias.
My window boxes will be decked out this summer in red and white in the sunny windows. Also there will be some…
The shady window boxes will have the white impatiens and these “Velvet Wizard” Coleus. I am still trying to decide what else to add to the white impatiens and red coleus for the shady boxes. Anyone have any suggestions?
Other annuals will be these “Scarlet Zahara” zinnias and “Cherry & Ivory Swizzle” zinnias. Do you see this pattern for reds I have going on? I just realized there is a awful lot of red seeds in these orders. Must be because I am really starved for some bright colors. LOL! I may have to think this over and get some more colors going on to add with them.
Some perennials seeds will be these “Blue Jay” and “King Arthur” Delphiniums. My “Blue Bird” delphiniums were all killed last spring, well all but one plant, so I want to get more growing. I love the true blue colors of Delphiniums and Larkspur.
Seeds for some “Blue Cape” Plumbago are in the mix. I grew these once before and just loved those blue blooms. I have since learned that I could have over wintered the plants in the basement for the following summer so that will be my plan for them from now on.
The Jupiter’s Beard, Scarlet Aster, Pentas and a
“Dandy” Dahlia mix seeds were purchased from a new company that I ran across when searching for seeds.
The company is Outside Pride. Com out of Independence, Oregon.
Anyone familiar with them or their seeds?
I will try them once and see how they germinate and grow. Some companies I have tried to germinate seeds from do not always do very well so I like to try different ones.
Summer Hill, Renee’s, Botanical Interest’s and Swallowtail seeds do the best for me. With the big company names such as Burpee, Johnny’s Select and Park Seeds you would think they would preform the best, but not so in my experiences with them, and in fact Park Seeds have a less germination rate for me than all the others. Keeping records of the companies, seed sowing and germination rates is where my Garden Journaling has come in very handy and saves time and money when deciding where to purchase my seeds.
I would really like to grow these though if I had a favorite.LOL!
So I am looking forward to getting some seeds started in the next week or two. Are you starting any seeds for spring planting?
Since it is Valentines Day today,
I want to wish you all a Happy Valentines Day!