Humble Origins ~ To Great Beginnings forum: Wintersowing......and Beyond!......

 
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Imagechelle
Apr 10, 2011 7:58 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Today. Thermometer in plant house is maxed out. Highest number on it is 120 degrees. 84 degrees outside.

In saved fruit containers.

Cynara Cardunculus
Campanula Glomerata, Clustered Bellflower
Salvia Sclarea, Clary Sage
Ipomea Quamoclit, Red Cypress Vine
Coconut Scented Geranium
Campanula, 'Bernice'
Amberboa Muricata
Coleus, Rainbow Mixed
Kniphofia Uvaria, Yellow Torch Lily
Silene Armeria, Catchfly
Zinnia, Green Envy
Lobelia, Riviera Lilac
Zinnia, Zahara 'Starlight Rose'
Canterbury Bells
Thyme, Common
Stock, 'Dwarf - 10 Weeks'
Celosia Argentea Spicata
Cosmos, Limera Lemon

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Imagestormyla
Apr 10, 2011 8:05 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sounds wonderful Chelle. Thumbs up
Imagechelle
Apr 10, 2011 8:11 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Big Grin
We shall see, eh? I'm thinking they should do okay; our temps are supposed to fall back to more seasonable levels tomorrow.
Imagestormyla
Apr 11, 2011 7:53 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Funny, it's to be quite warm here the next few days. It's been a pretty cool spring for us so far. Thankfully, nothing like that blasted 6 month long heatwave last year. Blooms are late this season as opposed to early last year.

I love that Clustered Bellflower. So pretty, long blooming and dependable. Smiling
Imagechelle
Apr 11, 2011 8:27 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Yep, I noticed on the weather channel that the 80's are headed your way now. Smiling Our house was a bit warm for sleeping last night, but I'm not complaining after enjoying some heat and sunshine for a day! Hurray! [We bought a kite and flew it too! Kinda fun. I think as much for mom and dad as for our little guy! Whistling ]

Have you ever grown out the bellflower from seed? I don't have much luck with them, but I keep on trying. I'm nothing if not stubborn! Hilarious!
Imagestormyla
Apr 11, 2011 8:37 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
No Chelle, I've purchased the plants. I did have some seed ready to try this winter, but lost them in the fire. Sad
Imagekqcrna
Jun 18, 2011 7:20 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Chelle, how are your wintersown plants doing? Time for an update.

Karen
Imagechelle
Jun 18, 2011 8:04 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Fantastic, Karen - thanks for asking!

In fact, one of our guests today liked the idea of winter sowing so much that I think we have yet another convert!

Many of my winter sown seedlings are blooming already....along with the melons and tomatoes. I've never had them bloom this early before.

Here's a couple of my winter sown blooms -
Thumb of 2011-06-19/chelle/5f4e97 Thumb of 2011-06-19/chelle/b9d891

This area had some space in the center, so I filled it with winter sown penstemon, columbine and delphinium.
Thumb of 2011-06-19/chelle/4bef02


How are yours doing? Have you had much of a break with the excessive rainfall yet?

Imagekqcrna
Jun 19, 2011 4:57 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Most things are doing pretty well. I did lose a few calendula right after planting. The leaves turned yellow, then it bit the dust. I think this was due to just too much rain. Quite a few things have yellow leaves due, I think, to excessive rain.

We're still getting quite a bit of rain. Our normal year-to-date is 20", but we've had 37". But, looking at the bright side, I guess too much rain beats the drought we had last year. By this time last summer, we were already in drought mode.

I haven't walked around the yard to check things in several days, but the last time I did most things looked pretty good. I don't expect flowers on the wintersown perennials this year anyway, so as long as they live that's all that matters. Among them are a blue salvia, gypsophilia, and geranium, all of which looked pretty good last time I checked. The wintersown tomato plants are still small. Last I looked, they had blossoms but no fruit set yet.

Karen

Imagestormyla
Jun 19, 2011 9:03 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Chelle, Your poppies are really beautiful!! Your bed is also looking great!

Karen, have you been having warm days this month? I think the cool spring held seedlings back a bit this year. That coupled with a lack of sun.
Imagekqcrna
Jun 19, 2011 9:17 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
We've had it all! March, April, and May were cold and wet. April was, in fact, the rainiest month ever in Cincinnati history (13") since records have been kept We've had some hot, sunny days with temps in the 80s and 90s in June. But overall, it has been mostly cooler than normal, cloudy, and rain like crazy. Several plants' leaves are turning yellow, no doubt from too much water.

It's raining again now. In fact, a monsoon-type rain. I hate being stuck inside the house so much. I guess I'll read for a while, and no doubt nod off the sleep on this dreary day.

Karen
Imagestormyla
Jun 19, 2011 9:40 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
We had much of the same but this month has been extremely dry to the point that we were all praying for rain. We got some, but not nearly enough. Yes, my potted trees are all very chlorotic from the spring rains.
Imagechelle
Jun 19, 2011 7:39 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
So far, each winter sown poppy that's bloomed has been different! I love it!
Oh, the wonderful surprises in store! I have another blooming right now that's a very pale lavender with finely cut edges. I've never had any but the standard orange and the yellow/gold Californias before this year.

I finally had germination on my winter sown Lavendula. Hurray! It looks like I may have about five plants worth of it.....it took its own sweet time getting started. I also have some hops vine seedlings.....finally. Thumbs up

I lost 2 of my golden agastache transplants and I still have no idea why. The ones I threw out in the hot, full sun all day veggie patch are doing great....even without supplemental water.

What kind of potted trees do you have, Stormy? I started some mimosa trees from seed this year; right now they're just kind of sitting there....well, they're busy making leaves, I guess. I'm wanting them to grow a bit more vertically! Hilarious!

Imagekqcrna
Jun 19, 2011 7:51 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Don't worry Chelle, that mimosa will grow like a weed! And they get a big tap root pretty fast, so you might want to plant it when pretty small.
Thumb of 2011-06-20/kqcrna/3ed8c7

Karen
Imagechelle
Jun 19, 2011 8:11 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Wow! Is that in your yard? Beautiful. I just love their habit, their open canopy and their *lacy* leaves.

Do you like yours? I've read some posts from others who think they're too messy.

I have one planted so far; the rest are still in very large transplant cups.....waiting for me to get to them. Whistling I think they'd look lovely on the far side of the lake. I don't think their messiness would be a problem out there.

Which geraniums did you start?
Imagestormyla
Jun 19, 2011 9:13 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Add me to the list of people who hate those aweful Mimosas and so does everyone but one person in my neighborhood. We've all been dealing with his unwanted seedlings for years. We almost thought his died two winters ago in a storm, but no such luck!!

Chelle, I have heard a number of people say they have had trouble with growing the Golden Agastache from seed.

I have had a fair amount of luck growing oriental perennial poppies from seed, but direct sowing the annual ones almost never works for me.

Chelle, I have Japanese Maples in pots and a couple of Oaks.
Imagekqcrna
Jun 20, 2011 4:33 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Yes, that tree was in my yard for many years. My Mom's friend started it from seed, then I let it grow in a pot on a window sill, then I planted in the ground. I loved that tree! Both the fallen flowers and seed pods can be messy but, well, it is outside afterall. Mine was beautiful and when older, bloomed all summer. It's huge canopy was always growing into and over the electric lines. Eventually it got carpenter ants and the trunk split all the way to the ground. We had it cut down before it fell.

That was probably 5 years ago but I'm still finding volunteer seedlings in my yard.

Karen
Imagechelle
Jun 20, 2011 10:13 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Yep, that's what I heard about the seedlings....

.......perhaps I should just enjoy the tree (and its leaves) in a pot this summer and not let it mature. The seedlings probably wouldn't cause any trouble where I wanted to plant the trees but birds could carry the seeds everywhere.

......another new poppy bloom today. Hurray! This one is a really dark maroon. Lovey dubby
Imagestormyla
Jun 20, 2011 12:27 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Chelle, Hops vine is taking over my beds. It arrived two years ago in some mulch and I have been pulling it ever since. Be very careful where you plant it and if you care at all about your beds, do NOT let it flower. It was just this year added to PA's watch list for destructive invasives.
Imagestormyla
Jun 30, 2011 2:31 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Chelle, Bluespiral/Karen sent me some seeds that look like they came from you in the piggy swap. They are for an aster called Aster Peter. I couldn't find one by that name in plant files. Can you please tell me something about them? Thanks my dear!! Big Grin

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