Look at all those seeds. Believe me there will more to come too since the nursery was out of several things I wanted. I've been slowly accumulating them over the last month. Yesterday I went back for more, and even bought seed starting soil.
Do I have a greenhouse? Do I have grow lights? Do I have a large sunny windowsill without any draft? No, I don't have any of those things. But, for some reason every winter I'm tempted by all those beautiful seed packets. I usually buy 2 or 3 at a time. Frequently I have my daughters with me and they also hand more to me. Some of the packets have such pretty pictures on them. My favorite art is on the Botanical Interests ones.
The directions on the back always sound so simple: "seed directly outside after all danger of frost has passed" or "lightly press into soil." How could I go wrong with those simple directions? Last year my attempt at Bells of Ireland resulted in about three 6" tall plants. Although they did get flowers on them, it was not quite what I was hoping for.
I have my tried and true easy favorites that I always have success with, well 90 percent success:
Sunflowers, sweet peas, zinnias, cosmos, alyssum and poppies the one time I planted them.
I've had minor success with lupines, hollyhocks and columbines. They have now reseeded themselves, so that made things easier.
I think in the winter I get so anxious to plant something that I go look at the seed racks inside the warm nursery. I just can't help myself. With all of these seeds on my desk I remembered something I read about last year. So, I went searching on the internet and discovered something called winter sowing. All of the growing takes place outside, during the winter. From what I've read it's quite addicting. I'm going today to gather the rest of my supplies and will see what happens. I will try my best to hold off on more seeds.