One of the things I’m enjoying most about garden blogging is following other gardeners who are experiencing different weather than I am experiencing (i.e. Winter!). For example, I am really enjoying the early spring flower pictures being posted from the UK!
So it’s obvious then, why I’m excited about ordering seeds and starting seeds indoors – ANYTHING that will bring spring sooner!
The other day, I posted about perennial and annual geraniums. I ordered some annual Geranium (Pelargonium) seeds, along with some Tomato, Pepper, Petunia and Nicotiana seeds. I planted them in some small seeds starting trays as well as anything that I could find to recycle. Today, I have some new sprouts. I do wish I’d labelled them! Maybe I’ll remember to do that next year!
Today it rained heavily all day, and washed away lots of the snow, and then this package arrived from Prairie Moon Nursery in Minnesota. I just ordered from them last week and the order arrived by mail today along with a new catalog.
While not a classic flower gardener’s supplier, Prairie Moon specializes in Native North American seeds and plants. Being across the border in Canada, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to order live plants, but seeds seem to travel well. Prairie Moon has seeds for wildflowers and grasses for gardens and meadows. I had ordered some Wild Geranium (Maculatum) – which will be suitable for full sun to shade, and Carolina Cranesbill (Carolinianum) suitable for full sun. These are a native geranium, and so will be less showy than my previous bright pink Cranesbill, but they are a start. Both seed packets are labelled with a stratification code – these 2 plant varieties will be rinsed, placed on paper towels or coffee filters – left in a damp but not wet stage, bagged (and labelled this time) and refrigerated – for the appropriate number of days (60 and 90) or until sprouting occurs! Wish me luck!