Take a pretty close look right about now and you’ll see it everywhere – spring is just poking it’s head out of the ground.  The daffodils are 4 or 5 inches tall in some places, the crocuses were up this morning and probably open by now and one of the more bizarre wildflowers – the skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is suddenly snout out.  A few of the tulips in the Rose Garden are even showing some serious leaf – I hope the deer don’t notice…

pockets of daffodils in the BosquetCrocus are coming up under the Osage orange and maple by the North Gardenskunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)Rose Garden tulips

And in the greenhouse spring is poking out of packs and our new coir pots — we switched to coir fiber pots from peat for a couple of reasons:  Coir is a renewable resource (coconut husk) whereas peat is not – peat sources are definitely dwindling.  Also the peat pots don’t break down quickly enough to even throw away in our compost and we’ve been told that the coir pots break down so fast we can actually plant them.  I’ll keep you posted about how we like them.Sweet peas in coir pots

Gail and a few volunteers did a bunch of seeding last week while I was away and I thought I’d share their list of accomplishments with you really so that I could have a better idea of who’s who on the benches.  Many of the seeds have already germinated because we had a 3-4 day stretch of sun and heat after sowing – for some seeds that’s all it takes.  – By the way, the sweet peas Gail and I sowed with our no-soak method on February 24th, germinated in about a week .

Warning – this is a long list in no particular order (aside from the date).

March 4th:  pennyroyal, hollyhock, Rudbeckia, Asperula, parsley, Viola, Salvia, Eryngium, Centranthemum, kale, cabbage, lettuce, Phystostegia, Lysimachia, statice, artichoke, dahlia, petunia, Swiss chard.

March 6th:  Artichoke, Eryngium, leeks, Orlaya, Calendula, Dicranostigma, Asclepias, dahlia, kale, cabbage, Aquilegia.

and this week, March 11th:  beets, California poppy, lettuce, creeping zinnia, annual Phlox, Nicotiana, Ipomopsis, fountain grass, Gomphrena, pink paintbrush grass, Asclepias, Salvia.

We do start things early because of having the greenhouse but even if all you have is a sunny windowsill, artichokes could be/should be started now because the seedlings need at least a 2 week period of cold (no warmer than 50 degrees, but not freezing) after germination in order to produce flowers the first year.

If you have any questions about the list – if want more details about anything in particular, please let me know.  Have you seen spring emerging?  Have you started any seeds?

seedlings emerging

3 thoughts on “Emerge

  1. Beautiful coolage, I enjoyed clicking on the pics and looking at bigger images!

    Tatyana, Thanks for visiting – hope to see you here regularly! -kris

  2. How inspiring! What a great variety! I was gonna ask when your last frost date is because yeah it seems early! I haven’t posted about it, but my seed/plant issues have been solved. A friend has offered her lab’s greenhouse to start veggie seeds, and we aren’t going to Cali in May because, um, they called it off :( So we are going to the plant sale. Kind of excited…

    Lynn, ooh I feel badly for your friends – but at least now you don’t have to miss that plant sale! and that’s great news about getting greenhouse space. What a coup. We generally consider ourselves frost free as of the full moon in May which falls on the 9th this year… -kris

  3. Kris:

    Thanks for that update as I was wondering how long the sweet peas took to germinate as I have always just planted them, with limited success in the ground. I noticed the skunk cabbage this week and thought I should take a picture but, as you know, I have been busy cooking for and coddling the new family!

    Layanee, who cares about skunk cabbage when there’s a sweet little spring baby to coo to?! Congrats again to all! -kris

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