Starting Ornamentals and my "No-Plan" Plan
Each year I add a few new ornamentals to my seed starting list and 2019 will be no exception.
Ornamentals on this years list that I’ve not grown before include: Honeywort (Cerinthe major), Craspedia (Pycnosorus globosus), Celosia, Ageratum, Annual Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila muralis) and an annual grass “Frosted Explosion” (Panicum sp.). All of these were received as sample packets at various events I went to last year.
|Celosia 'Asian Garden' baby|
I mean, look at that gorgeous colour! The seed pods (you can see one
just above the blossom) are so unique as well.
Everyone has a different indoor growing environment and seedlings may grow more quickly or slowly depending on a multitude of factors such as lighting, temperature, as well as the soil mix used and any added amendments.
For example, the first time I grew petunias from seed, I sowed them in the 3rd week of February, per the packet instructions.
Petunia seedings in mid-March 2015
In addition to the new varieties noted above, there are a LOT of repeat performers from prior years including coleus, and, of course, lots and LOTS of zinnias!
Zinnias and cosmos camouflage the chicken wire fencing
that surrounds the vegetable garden
Scabiosa is on it's way...
Over the course of the summer I'm planning to take a LOT of notes on potential plant groupings as well as growth habits. I was really surprised by how tall/short some plants ended up being, even with the seed packet descriptions, and there were a few (I'm looking at you cosmos!) that definitely needed a bit of support.
Picotee cosmos was gorgeous but floppy - no wonder as it was over 4' tall!
William Dam is not exactly down the street and that particular day I was heading in the complete opposite direction to drop my daughter off, so I decided to pick up a different mix from a local store. When I opened up the bag, I was pleasantly surprised as it seemed to be ok - not as fine a texture as the mix that I normally use, but not bad either. So I've been using it for a few weeks now and so far so good - fingers crossed I don't end up regretting it!