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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 11, 2010 10:56 AM CST
This is my 4th year wintersowing, and I'm addicted. I'm doing fewer and fewer indoors, under lights each year- after battling damp off and fungus gnats the last couple of years, I'm about to just devote my light set up to Coleus and Begonias and forget the seeds inside altogether. In the past I've mostly wintersown perennials, and it is the easiest way I've found to start them. Last year I started doing more annuals, including a lot of tender ones that I waited till March to sow, with great success. Now I've got 100 jugs sown, mostly perennials and some hardy annuals, and the next wave is about to begin- told ya I was addicted, LOL! Here's the list so far:
# Wintersowing 2010- sown February 2 (0)

* Alcea magenta hollyhock (germination began 3-17-10)
* Alcea purple hollyhock (germinated 3-21-10)
* Alcea rosea 'Creme de Cassis' (germinated 3-23-10)
* Alcea rugosa (germination started 3-21-10, 1 seedling)
* Allium 'Fireworks Pink' (germinated 3-23-10)
* Alyssum 'Basket of Gold' (germinated 3-16-10)
* Amsonia tabemaemontana (0)
* Antirrhinum majus 'Overature Red' (germinated 3-23-10)
* Antirrhinum majus 'Tall Country mix' (germinated 3-21-10)
* Antirrhinum majus from ansofan (0)
* Antirrhinum majus mixed (germinated 3-19-10)
* Antirrhinum majus variegated (germinated 3-21-10)
* Antirrhinum majus white from Kim (germinated 3-21-10)
* Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow' (0)
* Aquilegia 'Nora Barlow' (0)
* Aquilegia -black (germinated 4-1-10)
* Aquilegia NOID purple (0)
* Aquilegia NOID similar to Winky Blue (0)
* Aquilegia blue and white (0)
* Aquilegia deep plum (0)
* Aquilegia from Lynn (0)
* Aquilegia mix (0)
* Aquilegia pink bonnets-double (0)
* Aquilegia vulgaris Ruby Port (0)
* Aquilegia vulgaris var.stellata (0)
* Aquilegia-Colorado Blue (0)
* Centaurea montana (germination started 3-21-10, 1 seedling)
* Clematis recta 'Purpurea' (0)
* Cleome white (0)
* Digitalis purpurea 'Apricot Beauty' (germinated 3-23-10)
* Digitalis purpurea hot pink (germinated 3-23-10)
* Digitalis purpurea white (germinated 3-21-10)
* Digitalis x mertonensis (0)
* Emilia javanica (0)
* Eremurus Spring Valley Hybrids (0)
* Erysimum Siberian Wallflower (germination started 3-27-10. 2 emerging)
* Erysimum cheiri (1) -germinated 3-8-10
* Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' (germination started 3-21-10, 1 seedling)
* Geranium 'Jester's Jacket' (germination started 3-21-10, 1 seedling)
* Geranium phaeum (0)
* Geranium white from Ava (0)
* Heliopsis helianthoides-variegated (germination started 3-21-10, 4 seedlings)
* Inula helenium Elecampane (germinated 3-17-10)
* Linaria purple-blue (0)
* Linum grandiflorum Charmer Salmon (germination started 3-17-10)
* Melampodium paludosum 'Showstar' (0)
* Penstemon Cambridge Mix (0)
* Penstemon calycosus (germinated 3-23-10)
* Penstemon digitalis Dark Towers (germinated 3-21-10)
* Penstemon mexicali (germinated 3-21-10)
* Penstemon mexicali 'Red Rocks' (germinated 3-23-10)
* Penstemon palmeri (germinated 4-1-10)
* Penstemon pinifolius (germinated 3-23-10)
* Penstemon pink and blue (Kim) (germinated 3-27-10)
* Penstemon short blue (germinated 3-20-10)
* Penstemon smallii 'Violet Dusk' (germinated 3-21-10)
* Penstemon strictus (germinated 3-20-10)
* Prunella vulgaris (germinated 3-30-10)
* Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' (0)
* Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' from LaLa (germinated 3-21-10)
* Rudbeckia 'Irish Eyes' (germinated 3-23-10)
* Rudbeckia hirta NOID (0)
* Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun (0)
* Rudbeckia triloba (0)
* Sphaeralcea coccinea (0)
* Verbascum 'Violetta' (germinated 3-20-10)
* Verbascum blattaria-white (germinated 3-21-10)
* Viola saved from Ultima Morpho Blue in '08 (0)

# Wintersowing 2010- sown February 3 (0)

* (0)
* Campanula takesimana 'Elizabeth' (germinated 3-23-10)
* Angelica archangelica (0)
* Armeria formosa 'Joystick White' (germination started 3-21-10, 2 seedlings)
* Aster- blue perennial (0)
* Aster- dwarf perennial (0)
* Bells of Ireland (0)
* Calendula 'Pacific Beauty' (germinated 3-21-10)
* Calendula officinalis (germinated 3-21-10)
* Callirhoe involucrata- Wine Cups (0)
* Canterbury Bells-purple (germinated 3-21-10)
* Caryopteris clandonensis (germinated 3-21-10)
* Centranthrus ruber (0)
* Clasping Coneflower (germinated 3-16-10)
* Delphinium purple/blue (0)
* Dianthus armeria (germinated 3-20-10)
* Dianthus barbatus 'Newport Pink' (1)- germinated 3-11-10
* Dianthus caryophyllus 'Grenadin Mix' (germinated 3-13-10)
* Digitalis purpurea 'Pam's Choice' (germinated 3-21-10)
* Dimorphotheca sinuata (0)
* Eryngium planum alpinum 'Blue Star' (0)
* Esperanza- yellow elder (0)
* Gentiana makinoi 'Marsha' (germinated 3-30-10)
* Geum scarlet (germinated 3-30-10)
* Helenium 'Mardi Gras' (0)
* Helenium tall red (germination started 3-21-10, 1 seedling)
* Lilium- white trumpet (germinated 4-3-10)
* Lychnis flos-cuculi- Ragged Robin (germinated 4-2-10)
* Maltese Cross (germinated 3-20-10)
* Muscari armeniacum mix (0)
* Napaea dioica-Glade Mallow (germinated 3-23-10)
* Philadelphus 'Innocence' Mock Orange (0)
* Phlomis tuberosa- Jerusalem Sage (germinated 3-23-10)
* Potentilla x Melton Fire (0)
* Ratibida columnifera (germinated 3-16-10)
* Ratibida columnifera yellow (germinated 3-17-10)
* Saponaria officinalis (0)
* Scabiosa ochroleuca -yellow (germinated 3-20-10)
* Shooting Star (germinated 3-28-10)
* Silybum marianum- Milk Thistle (germinated 3-30-10)
* Thalictrum rochebrunianum- Lavender Mist Meadow Rue (0)
* Verbascum (nigrum?) (germinated 3-21-10)
* Verbena hastata- pink (germinated 4-1-10)
* Vitex (0)
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Mar 11, 2010 12:48 PM CST
Just finished getting these sown:
# Wintersowing 2010 -sown March 11 (0)

* Ageratum 'Leilani Blue' (germinated 3-30-10)
* Anethum graveleons -Fernleaf Dill (germinated 4-3-10)
* Coreopsis tinctoria (germinated 3-27-10)
* Dalea purpureum (germinated 3-30-10)
* Layia platyglossa- Tidy Tips (germinated 3-23-10)
* Mirabilis jalapa -Limelight Rose (0)
* Mirabilis jalapa -yellow (0)
* Mirabilis jalapa- Custard&Cream (0)
* Mirabilis jalapa- Limelight (0)
* Mirabilis jalapa- yellow and red marbles (0)
* Nemophila menziesii 'Baby Blue Eyes' (germinated 3-23-10)
* Petunia- lavender (germinated 3-30-10)
* Petunia- magenta (0)
* Petunia- purple 'Dreams Midnight' (0)
* Xeranthemum -Immortal Mixture (germinated 3-21-10)
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Mar 11, 2010 4:43 PM CST
That is a beautiful assortment of plants you've got listed. I hope you'll keep us posted on how successful your germination is.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 11, 2010 5:59 PM CST
Wow, nice list, Neal. Are some of those rudbeckias grandchildren of my green-eyed ones? Mine have stayed stable through several generations.

Karen
Name: Ted
Reno, NV
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TedsFarms
Mar 11, 2010 8:45 PM CST
Nice list. Congrats on the selection and time it must take to see them grow.
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La. zone 8b (Zone 8b)
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Debbie
Mar 11, 2010 8:54 PM CST
I'm so sorry Neal. I meant to post this question on the regular thread. Great looking seed list you have there.

Debbie
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 11, 2010 8:58 PM CST
Karen, they sure are Smiling LOVED them, what a show they put on with white trumpet lilies and blue Chinese forget me not! You're the one who's really gotten me going on Rudbeckias, now that I know I can grow them, I'm hooked!

Thanks Linda, I sure will. Every bit of data all of us in different zones collect and post is valuable to someone else out there too. It helps me to stay organized too. Ya know, I haven't purchased the first pack of seed this year! It blows me away to look at that list, but they all came from swaps or that I've collected.

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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Mar 11, 2010 9:54 PM CST
Neal--those rubeckias are beautiful with the white lilies. You must have a significant amount of space for all of those lovely plants. And how fun to think of all of the beautiful gardens that your trades came from, as well as those that will benefit from all of the wonderful seeds from your garden.
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Mar 11, 2010 11:21 PM CST
Holy smokers Neal! Thumbs up I'm not sure what half of those are!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 12, 2010 7:33 AM CST
Thanks Linda! Yep, lots of space to plant here (18 acres, with 5 acres of yard space), more than I could ever possibly keep up with, as much as I'd like to see it all in garden space, LOL.

Joanne, several of these are new for me too. I love discovering new plants!

I have germination in another container this morning! While I roll my eyes during the holiday season when the song plays, its spring when I find myself singing "It's the most wonderful time of the year", LOL.

The container germinating this morning is labeled 'Columbine Blue Barlow', but the seedlings don't quite look like Columbine seedlings? I'm wondering if I mixed up some tags. Columbine seeds are pretty distinctive looking, so I don't think the seeds themselves were mislabeled.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Mar 13, 2010 7:41 AM CST
Germination in another container today! Dianthus caryophyllus sprouts greeted me this morning.

Took a close look at the container labeled 'Columbine Blue Barlowe' this morning, and now that the seedlings have unfurled a bit more, I'm pretty sure they're actually Dianthus of some kind, probably D.armeria (since I only sowed 3 kinds and that's the only other one that hasn't sprouted).
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Bev
Garner, NC 7b
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tggfisk
Mar 13, 2010 8:34 AM CST
I do something similar every year, Neal...This year despite what I thought was a well thought out 'assembly line' I still ended up with 3 unlabeled containers and planted one container twice. I blame it on the excitement, lol!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 16, 2010 1:36 PM CST
2 more jugs have seedlings today! Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) and Basket of Gold Alyssum greeted me today :-)

Bev, seems no matter how organized I am with it, there's always 1 or 2 I mess up, I do blame it on excitement, LOL.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Mar 16, 2010 7:27 PM CST
Wow, Neal, I'm in awe of your list of WS'd plants! You have an amazing collection there. I found your comment about not buying any seeds this year to be reflective of my own efforts now that I'm saving and swapping seeds. It's great fun and, goodness, does it ever tend to broaden my horizons!

I've tried to scale back my WS efforts this year, because last year I had so much that some of them perished waiting for me to find a place to put them. This year I have fewer jugs and tried to limit my choices to fit the space I have available. It's so hard to do, though. I get so excited during the cold months when it's time to start WSing. Whee, it's planting time!

Please post pics when yours start blooming!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2010 5:37 AM CST
Thanks Angie! Try as I may to scale back, I keep ending up with at least 100 containers. I'm a plant pig, LOL. Thankfully, this year no new beds are planned. I had the same problem last year with dwindling seedlings waiting for a home, and who am I kidding?...I'm sure it will happen again this year, LOL.

I'm anxious for the sun to come up so I can check the jugs today!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Pocono Mountains, PA
Andi
Mar 17, 2010 5:07 PM CST
I am still waiting for sprouts in my wintersowing containers, but this is the first warm week here. I'll trust the seeds to mother nature. This is my first year wintersowing.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2010 5:32 PM CST
Just be patient Andi, it depends on what kind of seeds you've sown. A lot of mine show up through April and then some stragglers in May or June.

More germination today! What a lift those little green babies are right now! Today I noted 1 seedling in each jug of magenta Hollyhocks and Charmer Salmon Flax, and several in jugs of yellow Mexican Hat, Elecampane, and pink and white Digitalis.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 17, 2010 6:04 PM CST
Andi, your time will come. In your northern location it just takes a little longer.

(Those southerners are such show-offs) Rolling my eyes.

Karen
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Mar 17, 2010 6:22 PM CST
I got my 2nd container with sprouts today. I have some dianthus that came through today; I had one other container that sprouted a week ago. Only about 15 or so left to go. We're expected to have nice weather through the weekend, then back to freezing temps for a few days. I want seedlings!!!!!!!!!!!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2010 6:32 PM CST
Dianthus germination in Indiana- spring is moving north!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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