Friday, March 27, 2009

What 'ya got cooking?

Seeds, glorious seeds! Love 'em! The possibilities are just endless and, for the moment, everything is possible (and in my imagination, everything is gloriously working, fitting, looking goooood!). No reality to get in the way here, not yet.

Add to that the live plant catalog--look at those photos of pretty happy plants! They attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bloom early, smell great--yep, just what I want, just what I need.

So this is what I've got in the works (that is, bought and started indoors in seed flats), and so far, believe me, at this moment nothing is buried under a pile of ravenous beetles and nothing turning into a massive tumble weed before my very eyes. Nothing but beautiful possibilities--wish us luck!

Tomato: Chocolate Cherry (Lycopersicon esculentum)

Seed from Livingston Seed Co.

Dark cherry tomato, 70 days to mature

Started indoors March 18, 8 weeks out (recommended 5-7)

These tomatoes may be a bit of a stretch--don't have full sun at all, but I figured as much as I love fresh tomatoes, it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot.

Indeterminate vine, need 18-24” spacing

Tomato: Best Boy Hybrid

Seed from Burpee

Full size red tomato, 70 days to mature

Started indoors March 18, 8 weeks out (recommended 6-8)

Determinate, 3-4’ tall, needs 36-48” spacing

Foxglove: Gloxinaflora Mix (Digitalis Purpurea)

Seed from Livingston Seed Co.

Pastel rose, lavender, cream and yellow

Started indoors March 18, 8 weeks out (recommended 8-10)

LOOOOOVE the foxgloves! So old fashioned and sweet. These may not bloom the first year, but hopefully I can get them going for 2010 and get some reseeding for the years after.

36-60” tall, needs 18” spacing

Biennial, blooms summer, fall (but maybe not the first year)

Foxglove: Foxy Mix

Seed from Burpee

Full range of soft colors

Started indoors March 18, 8 weeks out

36” tall, needs 18” spacing

Biennial, blooms summer, fall (but Foxy is a variety that should bloom the first year!)

Moonflowers: Giant White

Seed from Burpee

White and fragrant night bloomer

Started indoors March 18, 8 weeks out

Normally a direct sow, but I’ve grown these for years in zone 5 and when I’ve waited for warm weather I’ve gotten frost before blooms—starting them indoors early has worked for me for several years

Vine, needs 12” spacing

Annual

Nicotiana: Perfume Deep Purple (Nicotiana x sanderae)

Seed from Thompson and Morgan

Remember, these are “Perfume Deep Purple” Nicotiana! I'm hoping for something lovely with these. Besides, 2009 is the "Year of Nicotiana" so can I really go far wrong?

Started indoors March 21, 7.5 weeks out (recommended 6-8)

20” tall, needs 12-15” spacing

Blooms late spring to fall

Annual

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Seed from Burpee

Bright orange, attracts butterflies, feeds monarch caterpillars, has milkweed like pods but not the milky sap--not sure how well it will work, but wouldn't some butterflies be nice?

Started indoors March 21, 7.5 weeks out (recommended 6-8)

24” tall, needs 15-18” spacing

Blooms summer to fall

Perennial

Viola: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Seeds from Burpee

White blooms that turn blue/purple as they age

Started indoors March 21, 7.5 weeks out (recommended 12 weeks, but we had some empty cells and found the seeds we had forgotten about in all that winter cold—just planted on a whim)

6” tall, need 6” spacing

Annual

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