How are everyone's seeds sprouting? We had quite a time this past winter visiting with one another, online, learning that we are not alone in our obsession with seeds, didn't we? And now I assume that like me, many of you now have trays of seedlings that you are carefully tending, while patiently waiting for the frost free date, whenever that is for you.
I decided it was high time I posted a picture of a few of my seedlings to show you that I really do start all my vegetable garden plants from seed. On the left are several varieties of peppers, bell peppers, hot peppers, and mild peppers. On the left are my 'maters. I love to smell the leaves! Pure summer in that smell! And every day I wave my hand gently through those tomato seedlings because I read somewhere (or someone told me) that this imitates the wind and causes the stems to be thicker and less spindly.
And, in between is a little flat of Viola cornuta 'Arkwright Ruby'. I started those a bit late, so we'll see how they do.
Not shown... my eggplant seedlings, more viola seeds (covered because they need darkness to germinate), and oh, yes, some seedlings for Delphinium elatum 'Foerster's Hybrid'. Delphiniums have never done well for me, but from what I've read, this could be because I didn't have a good variety. But 'Foerster's Hybrid' could be just the right variety of Delphiniums for a midwest gardener. And I now have a dozen or so seedlings that are just getting big enough for me to pot them up to individual containers.
I read about these particular Delphiniums on Cold Climate Gardening when Kathy Purdy posted about the December book selection of the Garden Bloggers' Book Club. Remember the December book selection? It was My Favorite Plant edited by Jamaica Kincaid.
Anyway, Kathy chose to write about two chapters, and one of the chapters was the essay by Thomas Fischer about Delphiniums, and that's where I first read about the Foerster Delphiniums and decided that I should try to grow some from seed. If Kathy hadn't written about this chapter and these Delphiniums on her blog, I don't know if I would have every found out about them, or even thought to look for a better Delphinium for my garden
And that's what I like about blogging. So many good ideas on all those blogs, just waiting to be discovered. So much experience from different bloggers, willingly shared with anyone who comes along and reads the blog or posts a question. So much affirmation that we gardeners are not alone in our obsessions with seeds or compost or whatever plant is on our mind that day. So many pictures of wonderful gardens, plants I'll never have, sights I normally wouldn't see.
Where else, and how else, can you get all that as a gardener?