Seed-starting chronicles 2011

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Lori S.
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Your skills are admirable, Rick!  I certainly don't have the patience for lily seeds.

A few little things, looking rather cute as the true leaves develop:
1) Astragalus coccineus

2) Astragalus missouriensis

3) Oxytropis besseyi var. ventosa

4) Trifolium nanum

5) Penstemon albidus

6) Penstemon attenuatus var. attenuatus

7) Penstemon euglaucus

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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The 2010 NARGS seedex list had a fabulous selection of Salvia!   (Many may yet be available from the surplus seed list, which I have not yet checked.)
Salvia are generally easy, warm germinators, as I determined from the extremely helpful seed starting advice that was published in a CRAGS bulletin last fall, and these followed that pattern.
The tiny first true leaves on both of these are intriguingly furry:
1) Salvia cyanescens

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_cyanescens
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/98524/

2) Salvia hypargeia

http://www.pavelkaalpines.cz/Photos/Turkey2010/salviahypargeiaeofgoremet...

Here are a couple of useful reference sites for the less common Salvia:
http://www.robinssalvias.com/blue/c.shtm
http://www.rmrp.com/Reference/OnlineRefSS.htm

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Boland
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Looking good Lori!  I just found my missing 150 packets of left-over NARGS seeds from last years seedex...all are now sown with most in the root cellar for a now, short strat period...I hope 4 weeks is long enough! At last count I have over 250 pots sown!  I expect many will be duds as the seeds were kept at room temp.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

RickR
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I hate it when that happens. 

It seems I am always "misplacing" seed packets!  ;D
Somehow, they get all over the house...

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Some excellent links Lori, love Salvia cyanescens, and I think I shall be spending some hours on the Robin's Salvias web site... unfortunately I sense a new overpowering plant lust coming on... SALVIA!

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Lori S.
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Todd wrote:

I just found my missing 150 packets of left-over NARGS seeds from last years seedex...all are now sown with most in the root cellar for a now, short strat period...

Wow, that must have kept you busy for a while.  :o  I envy that you have not only your yard but also a botanical garden to plant in - what luxury!  (On that note, I will be digging up old perennial beds and toting stone around this spring to make more rock garden space... but still have no real plan in mind for the new beds.) 

RickR wrote:

It seems I am always "misplacing" seed packets!  ;D
Somehow, they get all over the house...

Worse yet, I think, is misplacing the seedlings... For example, I grew a rather interesting clematis last year, but where the heck did I plant it?  ???

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Misplacing seedlings? I do it every year! Once I even weeded out some totally forgetting what it was and that I actually had planted them! I needed space for another batch ;D
Seedbags do I store in a fridge in the basement.
BTW i have sown about 200 pots and 100 more to sow. In a week i'll move some pots out to get more space indoors.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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For me, the crux is the point where I have to start separating seedlings into individual pots... where there was one pot, there is suddenly 4 or 6!  I can only keep that many with the amount of room I have!

... although the whole operation will be made easier this year, when it finally gets warm enough to start putting plants out during the day, then putting them back into the garage at night - which won't be for some time yet (oh, have I already mentioned that?  ;D ;D) - by the addition of this new, deluxe, turbo-charged, heavy-duty plant cart! 
Tah dah!! 

Feast your eyes on those sturdy locking wheels!  That solid construction - it holds 4 trays per shelf (without the frightening wobbling of old plastic shelf system)!  The sleek lines.... It's the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow of plant carts!  Or maybe the Lockheed Starlifter of plant carts, I dunno. (Try to imagine it without all the crap piled on its shelves... and maybe with some flames painted on the sides...  ;D)
Envious??  Yeah, I thought so...  :D :D

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Allison
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Great idea! Much faster than all those trips in and out....

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

Boland
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A couple of quick shots of some of my babies.  Pots are sprouting daily!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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