Monday, April 7, 2008

Mystery Plant

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. ~H. Fred Ale

I started my seeds too early this year. Sweet pea, morning glory, nasturtium and alyssum need to be planted soon. African daisy and some different types of viola are still growing or germinating.


I've had bad luck with the nasturtium, maybe too much water? too rich of soil? These flowers like dry, poor soil. I have some seeds left that I will sow directly outdoors along with some sunflowers, marigolds and see if they do better. I imagine they probably will.



The caladium are starting to sprout. I have one that has a leaf getting ready to unfurl. I think these will be ready to plant outdoors by the time Indiana's last frost date (May 10).


My daughter (7 years) has a little garden of her own, so of course she wanted to start seeds as well. On her own she rummaged through the garage to find some pots and filled it with potting soil and planted some seeds I had. I have no idea what she planted, I have, or should I say had, several seed packets and can't remember what they all were. So we have some mystery plants. This may be interesting. Her favorite color is blue and every year she plants some blue flowers or plants in her garden. So if I were to guess I would bet this is something blue.




I guess we will have to wait and see.


6 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I don't have very good luck with seeds and I bought a whole stack of them. I hope to get them into the ground when all this rain stops and I can prepare a bed.

Karen said...

Lisa,
I don't have much luck either with seeds, but the ones I did start are supposed to be no brainers! We'll see. Hope this rain stops too! The forecast here for this week calls for chances of it everyday. Argghhh

Pam/Digging said...

It looks like she's already a competent gardener if she did all that by herself. It'll be fun to see what blooms. Hope she gets some blue ones.

Thanks for faving my blog on Blotanical, by the way. I'm happy that it led me to yours. Another Indiana garden blogger, yea! I just met the famous Carol from May Dreams here in Austin last weekend.

Karen said...

Pam,
She is determined and she's a great helper.

I bet you all had a great time last weekend! It's great to see pictures of everyone on your blog!

Jamie said...

Thanks for your comment on my garden blog, it made my day! I started some of my seeds to early as well, so I took a risk and moved my sweet peas outside a week ago already. They are doing good, but I'll have to cover them the next two nights as it's getting cold again. I've done some trial and error with nasturiums, and the key for me was to neglect them entirely, and almost never give them supplemental water. I've also read they don't like to be transplanted, so I try and start mine int he ground, or in hanging baskets I just take outside when the frost danger passes. I hope yours do well this year. Have a great day!

Karen said...

Jamie,
Thank you so much for your kind words.

I've read that too about nasturiums not liking to be transplanted, but thought what the heck, I was so eager to start growing anything. Luckily, I did save some seed and will plant those outside.