Dec 31, 2011

^ Begin 2012 ^

Late Fall Seed Germination

Transplanted seedlings:
Ligularia "Britt-Marie Crawford" - Culture -

Edraianthus dalmaticus - Culture -

Campanula carpatica - Culture -

Actaea simplex AutoPurpurea - Culture -

Anagallis monellii blue - Culture - this one is an annual that wasn't supposed to be started this soon.

Ruellia tweediana "Katie" - Culture - miniature

Anemone sylvestris - Culture - seeded today in covered mini greenhouse box.

These seeds were placed in a mini greenhouse box in the basement about 2 months ago. They were watered only scarcely but remained covered with a slight crack for air. These were "seed exchange" seeds from NARGS 2010. Most all of them are hard to germinate, rock garden plants that require sandy loam soil. Photos are only for reference.

Highlights 2011

Jan 20, 2011


  • trim lantana, liriope, roses, abelia
  • fertilize violas with Nitrate of Soda

Jan 8, 2011


This is the first year I've noticed this Wintersweet blooming. It has an intensely sweet fragrance. It was here before we came, I imagine is responding to the better sun exposure it is getting after I cleaned out some trash trees from the area. (privet, cherry laurel, etc.)

task: prune it to chest height (to keep the blooms within reach) after flowering. Prune budding branches in the winter to bring indoors. Propagate from softwood cuttings in summer. (notoriously difficult to root. Add silica jell and charcoal to medium)