Well, I don't know. They're growing. Just doesn't seem as if they're doing their best, if you know what I mean.
Here are the Mountain Garland, the seeds were a gift from Connie.
They're doing very well. Tall, strong.
They should look like this when blooming.
And the description: "A delightful annual flower, native to California, which is easily grown throughout the United States. This species of Clarkia is often confused with Rocket Larkspur at first glance. Compact blossoms are arranged on spikes in soft pastel shades of pink to salmon or purplish hues. The tall stems are deep purple in color making identification easy prior to flowering. Prefers full sun but will grown in partial shade. Can tolerate a wide range of environmental conditions but avoid heavy clay soils. You will be tickled pastel!!!"
(I think I will be tickled with them.)
The Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus cauditis) are doing well. I may try to pinch some of them back and use them in a hanging basket this year. I've read about people doing that and I think that could look great if it works.
I can tell they look very tall in this shot. They're actually just a couple of inches so far.
Eventually they'll look like this. If all goes well.
The salvias and foxgloves are coming along. Just seems as if they should be bigger, you know what I mean? The salvia germinated mid-March, the foxglove early March.
And speaking of doing poorly. My little tomatoes are just that, little.
I won't give up on them. Patsi sent me the seeds. Hers were lovely last year. If only I could do her justice.
I probably just didn't get them started early enough. They germinated mid-March.
We keep the tender annuals indoors under lights unless the weather is nice, then they get transported to the coldframe for some nice heat and sunshine. I never let them feel anything less than 50˚ temps.
I planted all my vines, cosmos and zinnias a week ago.
This Cardinal Climber from Patsi is coming on strong.
I think it was Patsi who also sent me some Hyacinth Bean vine, which I hadn't grown in a while. Since Kim is in the process of building a replacement for my old willow arch I decided I would need some new fast growing vines for it. Of course it will have plenty of morning glory vines (Ipomoea) as well.
And Connie also sent me these sunflower Ruby Eclipse seeds.
They look dark and beautiful already.
Are you growing plants from seed?
How are yours doing?