do not open till spring

the garden still has bloom.  daylily bloom even.  and now all those seed pods are starting to ripen, dry and split open.  mother nature would gladly handle the planting.  the seeds would fall here and there.  and while many would germinate in the spring, not nearly so many would survive to bloom.  the garden is a crowded jostling place where each plant has to fight for its place in the sun.  just a fraction of all those seeds make it to bloom and repeat the process in the natural scheme of things.  so here is a pod ripe on the scape.  a close up of a harvested pod.  seeds about to be stored in an envelope.  the cross is two early blooming plants that can rebloom on occasion.  perhaps the seeds will rebloom too.  and lastly one of those blooming flower things.  four images

pod on scape pod mm x paperbutterfly det

seeds do not open till spring IMG_6458 droopy drawers x ouchita beauty det

10 thoughts on “do not open till spring

  1. dawn

    Your garden is a beautiful wonderland of flowers and blooms and life. Monet could have set up easel and canvas and painted for days! I was wondering if you use the Farmer’s Almanac as a guide when planting. My grandparents did all those years ago and I do today…do you?

    1. John Hric Post author

      the farmer’s almanac is a great guide. when i used to plant veggies i did. now it is mostly daylilies and zinnias so the timing is much easier. thank you for the wonderful compliment. I am glad you enjoy the pictures.

    1. John Hric Post author

      i am in an urban lot. so which seed i sow and how many are almost as big an issue. as they used to say on that old sci fi show ‘space is the final frontier…’ and so it is here. crowded and final… all the crosses go into a spread sheet and i sort out my must have crosses to the top. leave a little room for seeds that don’t survive storage. pretty much i treat them like i did when planting peas. the seeds are about 1/4 inch .6 cm in size. scratch a shallow trench and plant about 1/2 inch or 1.2 cm deep on a 6 inch 15 cm spacing. here the timing is late April or May. though at times my schedule has pushed it back till June. then it is just a matter of weeding. and an occasional boost on the water. oh i have room for about 500 seeds per year. some don’t come up. i do not worry about going back to fill the spaces. thanks WG ! PS – you still have 19 questions left if i skipped something….

      1. woodlandgnome

        John, there are always storage units and light sets…. 😉 Must be tough to discipline yourself to so few seedlings from the many crosses you make annually. I wondered whether you sowed in the garden (sounds like you do) or in trays with seed mix indoors. So the seeds you sowed this spring must still be quite small. How many years from seedling to blooming plant? (18 left…?) Thank you! WG

      2. John Hric Post author

        I used to do the indoor starts. too much trouble for me. went to direct seeding in the garden years ago. and it is totally direct. no transplanting for 3 years until they are selected. if i am good about the weeding and planting on time the seedlings will bloom the 2nd year. ( 17 left…. that last was 2 more questions 🙂 PS – if I don’t discipline myself it becomes impossible ( instead of just difficult ) to walk down the seedling rows. too crowded and the seedlings grow like grass and do not bloom. made that mistake early on too.

      3. woodlandgnome

        Seems the lesson lasts longer when we learn from our own mistakes, doesn’t it? (does that count as a question?) I would like to benefit from the advice and experience of others, but am usually too stubborn not to try things for myself and see how they work out…

      4. John Hric Post author

        does not count as a question… ;).
        It does last longer. Though sometimes it is not mistakes. Just an issue of what works well for me. or does not work at all for me. in the case of indoor planting the effort to supply and counter act is more time than I want to spend. daily watering of the trays and damping off disease pretty much disappear when out door planting is used. I would rather weed than deal with those elements. a lot of it comes down to choice and some to location.

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