May your year be all that you hope for and envision. This year I will try to remember that without change there is no growth. Sometimes "bumps in the road" are there to grow us; now to gardening.
The pansies have started to germinate, yeah. No germination yet for the begonias but it's early. It is recommended that they be put in an enclosed container to mimic an environment of increased humidity. They are to stay in a humid atmosphere from the time you sow them, until after they develop true leaves and possibly transplanting twice. I referred to brads begonia world and the seed packet for information on how to start seedlings. You can read the information for yourself. I did not completely follow all of what was recommended but used it as a guide. I will probably look for a clear plastic container to put them in instead of trying to finding fire proof plastic to cover the seed set up.
Tomorrow evening into Friday morning, 3-6 inches of snow is predicted in Philly. Today I was able to Winter sow 8 containers of seeds. Just in time for snow. I have more I want to do but I'm glad I had time to get at least 8 containers done before the snow comes. Some seeds benefit from an environment and conditions that they would naturally grow in being exposed to the cold, rain, and snow. Some perennials require a period of exposure to cold known as stratification to germinate. Seeds are supposed to germinate when they naturally would. I sowed seeds of alyssum, foxglove, larkspar, delphinium, bergenia rose, hollyhock, lupine, and poppy. This is my first year Winter sowing seeds. I would never have the room or set up to start this many seedlings inside and keep them healthy until Spring. I will be in "plant heaven" if this works.
|Holes Punched in the tops and bottoms with a screwdriver heated over a flame. I lined the bottoms with paper to keep soil from falling out. The paper will still allow water to drain out.|
|Begonias on heat mat.|
|Another amaryllis in bloom, soon to be followed by paperwhites in the kitchen window.|