I really wanted to try starting seeds again this year and since I don't have a greenhouse like Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots or Frances at Fairegarden I needed to try something different. They both have had amazing successes with their plantings. If you want to see flats of happy seedlings those are the places to visit. I am happy though to notice that I do have some sprouts. I posted awhile back about my first attempt with winter sowing, when I started hollyhock, larkspur and columbine.
This is the hollyhock 'Queeny Purple'. They are already getting their second set of leaves.
Unfortunately the other seeds, larkspur and columbine, never germinated. I'm guessing that after 3 weeks they probably won't. Not easily discouraged, I still plan to try some more winter sowing in March. I wonder if nicotiana sylvestris will work with winter sowing?
I also decided to try to start some lettuce early indoors this year. It practically germinated overnight. This is Buttercrunch, a European Bibb and it's supposed to grow well in containers. Looks like these guys need to be turned a bit. Maybe a fresh salad is in my family's future!
This past week I've also sown Shirley and Breadseed poppies and larkspur directly outdoors. Maybe I'll have better luck with the larkspur that way.
While weeding a couple of days ago I found nigella seedlings popping up in the garden. I planted them about three years ago and they have faithfully reseeded themselves ever since. The other seedlings in front are an unknown variety of maroon scabiosas that have also reseeded quite generously. They have a very long stem and bloom all summer.
It's been fun seeing the little seeds that I planted and the ones that planted themselves showing their green sprouts!