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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 19, 2012 5:33 PM CST
My first tomato germinated today. It was 81°, about 30° above the norm. Lobelia cardinalis popped too, and a few more helenium. One Joe Pye seed, too.

I moved a few perennials (2 geraniums) that I wintersowed last year that just needed to move. Also moved a penstemon smallii that I wintersowed years ago; it just wasn't getting enough sun to do well and had declined a lot. Also moved a tiny nepeta Walker's Low volunteer. It was really tiny, I hope it survives.

Karen
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 19, 2012 6:48 PM CST
81 degrees? I'm not speaking to you! Hilarious! (25 here this morning with a positively tropical high of 43)
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 19, 2012 8:09 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing What can I say? I'm glad I don't live in your neighborhood. Hilarious!

It was downright hot out there. I wasn't working all that hard as the plants I moved were pretty small, but I was sweating. It's supposed to stay in the 80s for the next 3 days, lows around 60. Then it cools off to days of 60-70, nights in the upper 40 and low 50s.

Karen
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 19, 2012 8:44 PM CST
No wonder you can do all that winter sowing.....you obviously have a growing season that lasts more than 3-1/2 months! Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 20, 2012 3:59 AM CST
This weather is very rare for us. Our normal hi is 54, low 34.

But today is the first day of spring. Happy spring!

Karen
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Mar 20, 2012 4:11 AM CST
some years I didn't put the coleus out until June.. and 50 nights.. this is very odd this year.. we are 70's all week .. can't wait to see more babies!!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 20, 2012 4:18 AM CST
I usually don't plant out tenders until mid May. I do plant out perennials earlier, though, especially the wintersown ones. I usually plant them out when they're tiny,

Karen
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 20, 2012 10:11 AM CST
Here's the view out my front door this morning. sigh.
Thumb of 2012-03-20/woofie/d9d78a
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 20, 2012 11:29 AM CST
Ugh!

It's 79° here. The high is supposed to be 84. It's OK to be jealous, I understand.

Karen
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 20, 2012 11:35 AM CST
But, Woofie, if it's any consolation, my allergies are raging. Sad

Karen
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 20, 2012 11:38 AM CST
Nope. No consolation, 'cause so are mine! Blinking
As we speak, DH is off on a quest to get me a supply of allergy meds. Life just isn't fair! Hilarious!
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Name: Melvalena
N Texas (Zone 7b)
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Melvalena
Mar 20, 2012 12:01 PM CST
well, I just this morning saw my first hummer of the season!

now.. to talk about sprouts.. I planted out bunches over the weekend. I need to separate hundreds of rudbeckia and get started on the annuals.

Still have more weeds to pull. Once I make it all the way around the outside beds its time to go back and do it again and get the ones that sprouted since I started. Its a constant circle of weed pulling around here and different weeds as the temps rise.

Makes me wish I had kids to punish so I could send them out to pull weeds for me!
Name: Julia
Upstate NY (Zone 6a)
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JuliaNY
Mar 20, 2012 1:28 PM CST
Goodness, sounds like our weather here Karen. It has been so mild the past 2 weeks but we are getting rain every few days which is a good thing. If the temps drop down into the 50's or 60's I won't mind a bit. Easier to work outside.

Oh woofie, that picture gives me the chills :rolleyes:

Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 20, 2012 2:16 PM CST
I'm sorry you don't feel good Woofie.

I have a terrible sinus headache. I'm sure this is my payback for spending so much time in the garden yesterday. Not today- I'm staying in the A/C. (I don't think we've ever used air conditioning in March before)

I did take a quick walkabout in the yard. The stuff I transplanted yesterday looks good. I did give that tiny nepeta volunteer a little shade though.

No more tomato sprouts- just that one yesterday. But I did find
1 agastache Purple Pygmy sprout (old seeds)
2 Penstemon smallii sprout (more old seeds0

I still have only one Joe Pye, and no Corydalis lutea. Sad

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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Mar 20, 2012 6:21 PM CST
my old purple pygmy seeds germinated too Hurray!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 20, 2012 6:28 PM CST
Thumbs up

Karen
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 21, 2012 5:16 AM CST
I think my Purple Pygmy seeds were from 2007, and there were only 5 or 6 seeds left in the pack, so even getting one or two sprouts is pretty good.

I'll check them again after the sun rises and I can actually see. It's those tomatoes I want to pop. Even my tomato seeds were not fresh- I didn't buy any new 'mater seeds this year. They were leftover from years past.

Karen
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Mar 21, 2012 5:28 AM CST
will keep my fingers crossed for them!!!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 21, 2012 8:39 AM CST
Those tomato seeds should be fine. I planted a bunch of Sundrop seeds a couple of years ago, and I mean a bunch because the seed package was dated 1987 and I was thinking I might get one or two plants.....HA! I think every single seed sprouted!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
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kqcrna
Mar 21, 2012 2:22 PM CST
That's what I figured when I sowed them- tomato seeds usually grow like weeds. I have one more sprout now.
and a total of
1 Joe Pye
1 penstemon
3 agastache
8 sunflowers

There are a lot of lobelia cardinalis, sempervivum, and rudbeckia, and about a dozen gaillardia.

Karen

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