It's Wednesday and time to wander off the beaten quilty path and on to another path.
A few days ago I had a wonderful time sowing some seeds and dreaming of gardens to be.
You may or may not remember that last year I cleared an area here for a native wildflower garden. I did some research on wildflowers native to this area that would do well in part sun/part shade, were different heights and had a variety of flower colors. And most importantly I wanted seeds that had similar germination requirements. Most of these seeds germinate after a 60 day period of cold, moist stratification - perfect for winter sowing.
I've been winter sowing seeds for years and first found information at WinterSown.Org. Now there is a lot of information out there about winter sowing if you are interested.
I've used a variety of different containers from milk jugs to ice cream buckets to quart sized zip lock baggies to start seeds but for this batch I used old plant pots and covered them with plastic wrap held in place with rubber bands. I did punch holes in the saran wrap with a sharp scissors.
This batch of wildflower seeds include Prairie Smoke, Western Indian Physic, Wild Quinine, Columbine, Pearly Everlasting, Hoary Vervain, Cardinal Flower, Meadow Blazing Star, Prairie Blazing Star, Yellow Coneflower, Foxglove Beardtongue, Rattlesnake Master and Sweet Black Eyed Susan.
Now they are outside on the deck. It was actually difficult to get them out there because the deck is covered with deep snow and ice that I could not shovel off. In fact, I walked on top of that snow and ice and did not break through and I'm no light weight.
Here you can see the ice covered snow is mounded up all the way to the bottom of a deck chair. And you can see mounded snow in a plastic planter that will probably later be sown with pansies or petunias.
I used the bag of soil starting mix I had on hand and was a little depressed thinking I might not be able to find more at this time of year but my husband ventured out and found me a few more bags so I'll have a couple more batches of seeds to winter sow. Not all seeds can be winter sown. Some get started under lights in a corner of my sewing room which I guess could also be called a sowing room.
Dreaming of gardens to be. Are you?