Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Lately my days start out a little different.
As usual coffee is a requirement...need that caffeine!
But before the coffee is even brewed there's something I HAVE TO do.
And that is check on my babies....you know, the baby plants.
It may seem silly but once I start my seeds it becomes a daily routine watching them change. Some are still waiting to pop up,some need to be watered,some need the lights adjusted,some need to be thinned out.
Only after close examination and tender loving care can I continue on with my day.
Come to think of it...this attention continues till the end of the season !
What can I say...it makes me happy. Now on with a little update...
(by the way all the seeds were planted 12 days ago)......
Just a little crowded !
Will try not to murder any of the Cardinal Climbers in thinning them out.
So instead of snipping the extras...will try to transplant them to a life of their own !
Red Caster Bean...a gift from Kim and Victoria
More from Victoria...Teddy Bear Sunflowers. 100% of all the seeds sprouted. Yay !
The Agastache 'Rupestins' looks a little frail right now but I'm hoping all will be well.
Unknown...while looking at my seedlings..I forgot what these were. Let me see...UK is not on my plant list. Could it mean United Kingdom? If so, what could it be ? Oh, wait a minute... it finally dawned on me.
UNKNOWN, you dummy !
While on a garden tour(with entry fee) last October, I helped myself to seeds from a plant that I have NO IDEA what it was because it wasn't marked. It stood about 5 feet tall and lost all its flowers,looked like a diciduous flowering shrub with seeds that were the same size as spiderflowers but dimpled. Figuring out what the heck I'm growing will be one of my missions this summer.
Here's whats growing.
*Canna-Cannaceae 'Pixie' (RPC)
*Sunflower-Helianthus annuus 'Teddy Bear' (TB)
*Palette 'Gaillardia Painters'or'Arizona Sun'(GP)
*Cardinal Climbers (CC)
*Morning Glory-Ipomoea purpurea 'Star of Yelta' (MG)
*Spider Flower-Cleome spinosa (SF) Light and fluctuating temperatures to geminate well.
*Red Caster Bean-Ricinus communis 'Carmencita' (RCB)
*Cosmos-Cosmos sulphureus 'Ladybird Scarlet' (CS)some germinated/had trouble with Spring Hill cosmos before
*Cosmos-Cosmos sulphureus 'Cosmic Red' (CR)some germinated/may have to replace
*Hyssop-Agastache 'Purple Pygmy', Bubblegum Mint, Hummingbird Mint (PP)
*Hyssop-Agastache 'Rupestins'or Sunset Hyssop (AR)
*Catmint-Nepeta nervosa 'Felix' (CF)
*Hollyhock-Alcea rosea 'Queeny Mix' (YH)no germination bought plants
*Hyacinth Bean-Dolichos lablab (HB) start 2 weeks before harding off.
When using my own saved seeds that I know are fresh ...germination is faster and 100% most of the time.