|Seeds sleeping away the winter on the back deck.|
- Cleome Rose Queen and White Queen
- Cosmos Sonata White and Peppermint Candy
- Alyssum Carpet of Snow
- Datura Ballerina White
- Salvia Summer Jewel Red
- Coleus Limelight and Coleus Palisandra
- Zinnia Starlight Rose
- Impatiens Sunny Lady White and Pink
- Petunia Wave Purple
- Liatris Floristan White
- Foxglove Digitalis Monstruosa (actually biennial)
- Milk Weed 'Red Swamp' (got to feed the butterfly caterpillars)
- Eryngium Gigantum (Sea Holly)
- Eryngium amethystinum
Meanwhile the Hosta seedlings that I sowed back on December 19th have germinated and are growing under lights in the spare room in the basement. I had to clean that room out and set up an area where I could put a table and a four foot light stand. Here's what they looks like.
The first photo is of seeds from Hosta 'William Lachman' x OP (open pollinated). There are lots of streakers and interesting looking seedlings in this flat.
The second picture is a flat of seedlings from Hosta 'Epsom Derby' x OP. This one also has a number of streaked seedlings as well as some seedlings that look gold or blue. The streakers may stay that way or they may stabilize in subsequent years to variegated plants or solid color plants. All in all I've got about 100+ Hosta seedlings right now. Once they develop two or three leaves each, I'll move them into little 3 oz cups. At that time I'll cull some of the seedlings that are all green or look uninteresting to me. I've got a couple of small seedling beds in back of the deck that will house these and I plan to make another seedling bed in the holding area next year. I'll grow these on and we'll see what we come up with. Maybe a new named Hosta cultivar!