Since I've done well starting from seed so far, this may help me have lots of plants I start without the added expense often charged for 4 inch or larger potted ones from the nursery. Some of my favorites include foxgloves, echinacea, lupines, and lambs ear. I ordered perennials from Bluestone Perennials this spring during their plant sell and thought the bed would be fuller with perennials next spring. The plants arrived but not to my house. UPS allowed a neighbor to sign for the plants and I never received them as I was at work and no one was at my home. I won't be ordering from them again although they refunded the cost of the order but didn't seem concerned that they were not delivered to me.
Japanese anemone, foxgloves, brunnera, bergenia, and others were part of my order. I have seeds already for anemone and I'll try to start some myself. They may be difficult because the seed pack stated if they don't germinate in 4-5 weeks, to put them in the refrigerator for a period. Let's see what happens. Finally started the dwarf sunflower seeds and some taller ones for fall. If they survive, they'll be a nice addition to the usual pansies and mums although I love them both also. It was nice starting seeds in summer which I don't normally due except for trying pansies once. I went on vacation and my daughter didn't water them and they died.
|I like the white swan and the pink echinacea.|
|They're a nice size to work with.|
|Can't imagine these taking 4 or more weeks to germinate. I loose patience with seeds like these but they're worth it in the end. At least they're not like dust like petunia seeds.|
|Foxglove seeds are tiny.|
|These were included with my echinacea and geranium seeds that I keep in the refrigerator. They're amaryllis seeds from a seed pod I collected last fall. I'll see if they're viable some time soon but not today.|