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Imagechelle
Feb 21, 2011 8:26 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Who's doing some winter sowing?

This year is my first attempt with winter sowing, and I have these started so far -

2-15-11

Japanese Iris
Homestead Delphinium
Delphinium Grandiflorum - Butterfly Blue
Delphinium - Guardian Blue
Columbine - Beidermeyer
Columbine - Origami
Columbine - Tall Purple
Columbine - Double Pink
Penstemon smallii - 'Violet Dusk'
Spike Speedwell - 'Veronica's Blue'
Hyssops
Japanese Anemone - 'Prince Henry'
No Id yellow wildflower

2-16-11

Clarkia Amouna
Drumstick Allium
Japanese Anemone - Lt. Pink
Poppy - Purple Annual
Garlic Chives - Allium Teberosum
Rudbeckia - Prairie Sun
Torenia - Purple Monkey Flower
Lemon Balm - Melissa Officianalis
Milkweed - Silky Deep Red
Rudbeckia - Cherry Brandy
Purple Horsemint - Monarda Citriodona
Rudbeckia - Like 'Cappucino', but triple
Poppy - Lavender Fringe
Poppy - Persian Blue
Poppy - Patty's Plum

2-17-11

Helenium - Red
Lobelia - Siphilitica
St. John's Wort Shrub - 'Sunburst'
Amsonia - 'Blue Ice' (?)
Lobelia - Crystal Palace
Nepeta - Pink Dreams
Agastache - Giant White
Agastache - Light Green Foliage, Purplish Flowers
Agastache - Golden Jubilee

It will be interesting to see what happens when with these seeds! Some of them I've previously tried to start in the spring, with dismal results; maybe this method will work out better.


Imagechelle
Mar 1, 2011 4:10 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Clarkia - winter sown 2-16

Up today! My very first winter sown sprouts! Hurray!

I'm dancing a jig....... Hilarious!
Imagechelle
Mar 10, 2011 11:23 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
WS 2 - 15

Sprouted 3 - 08

Lots of hyssop sprouts! This batch is from my seed lovin' pal Arejay59. Thanks girlfriend! Big Grin I love these plants and for a few years I have been unsuccessful in getting them to germinate, ......until now! Hurray!
Imagechelle
Mar 10, 2011 11:32 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
WS 2 - 15

Anemone - Prince Henry
No Id Yellow Wildflower

WS 2 - 16

Rudbeckia - Cherry Brandy
Poppy - Purple Annual

WS 2 - 17

Agastache - Giant White

I noticed all of these up today! Hurray!

Imagechelle
Mar 22, 2011 11:00 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
We had a health situation here that prevented me from keeping perfect track of when the rest of these sprouted - however, all but the known to be delayed seeds in this batch have sprouted by this point. All containers have at least one sprout in them! Hurray! I am overjoyed by this method of seed sowing! Lovey dubby

Still waiting, and may be for some time yet, on the iris and the shrubs.
ImagePatti1957
Mar 22, 2011 11:48 AM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
Hope you are all well now! I have not been very good at keeping track of my winter sowing but most everything has germinated. I keep better track of my peppers and tomatoes that I start inside because I don't have to go outside in the cold to check them Hilarious! This is my first time with this method also and I am liking Thumbs up
Imagechelle
Mar 22, 2011 1:41 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thanks, Patti! It was my son who had us scared out of our wits. He had an adverse reaction to antibiotics. He's five years old now and this was the first antibiotic he'd had. He's doing better now though, thank goodness!

Wonderful news about your germination success! I cannot believe how easy and reliable this method is. For years I've tried with limited success to start plants from seed, and all of those other (failed) methods were labor intensive too!
ImagePatti1957
Mar 22, 2011 5:25 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
I can relate to the reaction to antibiotics, I am allergic to several and they can be very serious so I get nervous when I have to take something that is new to me. It has to be especially scary for you as he is so young. Group hug

I have not been able to grow much from seed, mainly just veggies. I am loving this so much, it is nice to see the green spouts and for little effort.
Imagechelle
Mar 22, 2011 6:14 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Exactly....on both counts!

I've not ever had much trouble with veggies from seed, but ornamental plants.......ugh!

This is a dream!

Thanks for the hug, I needed that! Lovey dubby
Imagechelle
Mar 28, 2011 6:06 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Still winter sowing here....as it still wants to be winter! Ack!! It only got up to the mid-thirties today. Thumbs down I'm pretty much over the cold.....

.....anyway....

today I sowed some

Hops vine
Rosemary Officianalis
Night and Day Nasturtium
Petunia 'Flambe Salmon'
Lavender 'Vera'
Lettuce 'Royal Red'
Romaine Lettuce 'Freckles'
....and some Sugar Snap peas

Big Grin
Imagechelle
Mar 29, 2011 4:52 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Today I sowed -

Cassia Alata
Oenothera Parviflora (Sundrops)
Baptisia (From my Great-Aunt in Pennsylvania)
Cosmos 'Limara Lemon'
Yoeme Basil
Mustard 'India'
Spinach 'Viroflay'
Kohlrabi 'Purple and White Vienna Blend'

It felt wonderful in the plant house today! Low 40's outside, High 70's inside - with the fan going full bore, and both doors open! Lovey dubby
ImagePatti1957
Mar 29, 2011 5:04 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
These are all winter sowed? I was thinking about doing some more myself because the weather is still so winter like here.
Imagechelle
Mar 29, 2011 7:14 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Hi Patti.

Yep, at least a version of winter sowing, as I perceive it. Hilarious! We're still experiencing overnight lows in the lower twenties, soil temps of course, are very low, and the veggie garden is too wet, so I've *taken off running* and started all of these under plastic. The lettuce, spinach, peas and others that don't transplant well are in paper sack planters set in a tray, and covered with clear, vented bags.
I'm hoping that this will give them an earlier start, then when conditions improve I can plop them, paper bag and all, into the garden. In years past it's always too hot by the time I can get seeds in and germinated to actually enjoy cool season crops.....so we'll try it this way. Smiling
If I've made things more complicated than necessary, at least I enjoyed the time spent! Rolling on the floor laughing

Yeah, keep on planting!! I plan to ..... hey, remind me sometime in June to start some pansies....I always forget!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Luv to see those babies peeking out on winter days when some of the snow melts! I've had some bloom all winter long before. Lovey dubby
Imagechelle
Apr 5, 2011 5:30 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Sprouting now -

Yoeme Basil
Mustard 'India'

Maybe?? Cassia Alata (might be a weed, I don't know what this one will look like right off the bat. Whistling )

Also a maybe - only one so far... Cosmos 'Limara Lemon'

[Note to self - even the cool season crops sprout quicker in the plant house. Must still be too cold outside - even with a plastic cover.]


[Edited to say.....yes!!!! Three Cassia Alata sprouts so far!]
[Last edited Apr 10, 2011 8:25 PM CST]
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Imagekqcrna
Apr 7, 2011 8:12 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Sounds like another WSing convert to me! I'm glad your first WSing is turning out so well Chelle. I'm now in my 6th year of WSing. In my first few years I did 60- 80 jugs. I've cut back a lot and have only done 9 jugs so far this year, (all of which have at least a few sprouts so far). I also did about a dozen tomato seeds in cups and all but 2 of them have sprouts. I still plan to sow a few jugs of annuals, too. WSing does have limitations and challenges (especially for those of us in the north) of it's own, but for the most part it's pretty fail safe.

BTW, there's also a wintersowing forum in Joannabananna's seed cubit if you're interested.

Karen
Imagechelle
Apr 7, 2011 8:25 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thanks, Karen.

I am very much enjoying the wintersowing process.....and the results!

Quoting:BTW, there's also a wintersowing forum in Joannabananna's seed cubit if you're interested.

Yes. I think I've been over there. Smiling It's great to have so many ideas and people to talk with about this sowing method. Hurray!
Imagechelle
Apr 7, 2011 7:24 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
First sprouts of these are showing today.

Romaine Lettuce 'Freckles'
Spinach 'Viroflay'
Kohlrabi 'Purple and White Vienna Blend'
Petunia 'Flambe Salmon'
Lavender 'Vera'
Imagestormyla
Apr 9, 2011 9:16 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hilarious! Chelle, I was telling the folks in MAM about all of your Hyssop seedlings. Everybody was wondering what in the world you were going to do with it all.

I think it has some herbal types of uses, doesn't it?
Imagechelle
Apr 9, 2011 4:11 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I think it does, Stormy. Right offhand I can't remember what it is though.

I'm mostly wanting it for the nectar lovers who visit the gardens here. I had some (I think), when I lived in Florida and loved the smell of it too. I can't really remember for sure if that's what it was, but I'm trying to replicate a fond memory. Big Grin

I'm absolutely sure that I'll have way more than I need, so......if anyone wants any they can check the threads in this forum in a few weeks and see what made it. I'll be happy to share any extras. Smiling
Imagestormyla
Apr 9, 2011 6:26 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That sounds nice Chelle. I hope that it turns out to be what you want. I know that I grew one or two forms of hyssop. I'll have to go look at my photos on DG and see what they are.

I'll keep my eye on your forum. Thumbs up

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