Last fall, I collected seeds from and started several types of perennials. The containers of planted seeds stayed outside all winter, and I opened the tops of the containers when the weather got warm enough this spring.
Here’s a report on how the seeds fared:
- Orange (native) Columbine – lots of babies have appeared!
- Purple Columbine – about 12 seedlings have sprouted.
- Thalictrum – maybe 1? Its too early to tell if any of the seedlings coming up are Thalictrum.
- Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) – don’t see any, but I’m not sure what’s a weed and what’s Indian Grass.
- Coneflower “Cheyenne Spirit” – doesn’t look promising but I’ll let whatever’s sprouted grow for awhile before I decide.
- Coneflower, White – another one that doesn’t look promising.
- Lupine – two lupines are growing:)
- Silene – lots of babies!
- Purple and White Columbine (seeds saved from 2018) – nothing.
- Early Sunflower or Oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides) from a free seed packet I received from Prairie Moon Nursery – again, it doesn’t look promising and I don’t think any of the seedlings look like Oxeye, but I’ll wait for awhile longer before I decide for sure.
All of the successful seedlings are quite small right now, and if I transplant them in to my garden now, they’ll be lost amid the big plants already growing. So I’ll continue to grow them on in pots for a few more months, and hopefully transplant them into their final homes in the dirt this fall.
In other garden news, I had to move one of my two small raised beds because I’m getting a kiln and the kiln vents directly over one of the beds. Chemicals burning off from clay and glaze is probably not the best for food I intend to eat, so the bed had to be moved.
My garden is green and growing. I hope yours is, too!