Massive Seed Sowing Sunday…

This weekend, we had beautiful summer-like weather with highs reaching 78°F (normal average is 63°F). Looks like we are going to have an early spring (which is what I think Mr. Groundhog told us). I remember last year, I couldn’t plant outside until May because he had rain everyday in April.

Sowing Seed

It’s funny seeing myself plant seeds… Does anyone else sit down cross-legged with slippers and short on and work on the ground like that? I think I need a potting table…

I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and start planting seeds… and I did some massive seed sowing:

Lemon Cucumber
Cosmos ‘Picotee’
Cosmos ‘Sensation Mixed Colors’
Orange Cosmos from treebreeze (Thank you for these! :)
Sunflower ‘Summer Sun’ (Ox-Eye) (Heliopsis Scabra)
Agrostemma ‘Ocean Pearl’
Strawflower (Helichrysum) Tall Double Mixed Colors
Nasturtium ‘Jewel Mixed Colors’
Zinnia ‘Envy’
Zinnia ‘Candy Cane Mix’
Zinnia ‘Dahlia Flowered Mixed Colors’
Zinnia ‘Giant Cactus Mixed Colors’
Zinnia ‘Thumbelina’
Lamb’s Ears (I think they are Lamb’s Ears) seeds that I collect from San Anselmo

Spider Fancy Spider House?
Spiders, Spiders, Spiders: As I was filling the 6-pack cell pots with soil, I found a Spider living in between them. I released it so it can find a new home. My Mom then noticed a Spider that had made a home in our of our decorative bird house. Then when I was sowing the seeds, I notice hundreds of tiny baby spiders around the 6-packs, so I tried to disperse them around the garden to make new homes.

Peanuts: I also took the Peanut outdoors and repotted it (again) into a larger container (its permanent home) filled with potting soil and a lot of perlite to make the soil really loose.

Garden progress:

Recent blooms: Spring Starflower, Rananculus

Spring Starflower Ranunculus

About to bloom: the very first Columbine, Pears, Apples, Clematis, Wisteria

Emerging growth: Forsythia leaves, Taro

  • That aquilegia… is it a seedling from the seeds I sent you? (crosses fingers)

    • Sorry, but it isn’t… It’s from one of the older volunteers we have around our garden. I just posted some photos ( 1 ) ( 2 ) of the four surviving Aquilegias that I planted. Unfortunately, all the ink faded from the tags and I don’t know which is which. I guess I can tell once they bloom.

      They may include: ‘William Guiness’, ‘Barlow Mix’, Yellow Long Spur, ‘Aquilegia canadensis’, ‘Nana Alba’, and/or ‘Selection’. I hope they are one of the later four (the seeds that you gave to me).

  • You are more than welcome for the seeds, I hope they do well.

    Zinnia Envy is a big seller as a cut flower for us.

    Always good to see pix from your garden.

    • I didn’t know Zinnia Envy was so popular, but I can see why. I love the color of the flower on the package. I hope it grows well…

      Also, I just posted a photo of the Zinger Calendula seedling on Flickr. They look really healthy. Is Zinger the variety name? or a name you gave it?

  • I sit like that a lot when I’m gardening… then regret it when it’s time to get up. lol.

    I love Zinnia Envy. I included them in a large pot with all green plants last year in honor of a friend whose favorite color is green. I mixed it with Bells of Ireland and a miniature rose that is white with green tinges, then some english ivy behind it. Not terribly colorful, but it turned out nicely.

    • I think I’m getting old… This weekend my left knee started aching… It feels a little sore when I get up.

      I hope the Envy Zinnia grows. Last year, I transplanted it late and only got a few flowers. I also need to find some Bells of Ireland seeds. My friend who is started landscaping has requested I grow some for him.

      I bet your green and white combination look pretty!