I spent a lot of time over the weekend finalizing my seed and plant orders for spring planting. Though “finalizing” may not be the right word, as I always end up making follow-up orders for every season.
This list would be much longer, but I already ordered lots of stuff that I planted last fall.
From Brent and Becky’s I ordered 25 Caladiums – the white and green ‘Candidum Sr.’ and the more colorful ‘Celebration’. I discovered last year that starting Caladium bulbs inside is much cheaper than buying them at the garden center.
Another thing I learned last year: do not wait too long to bring your Caladium bulbs inside, or all you’ll get are lumps of Caladium mush. Which is why I needed new bulbs to start again this year.
From Prairie Nursery I ordered some Wild Lupine, which I already wrote about in this post. Oh, and I thought of a good place for the Wild Lupine: in front of the ‘Cassie’ Rose, in a spot that’s currently full of sand and gravel from the construction for our new driveway.
There aren’t any Liatris in our garden, so I ordered some Meadow Blazingstar (Liatris ligulistylis) plants, which are supposed to be outstanding for attracting Monarch Butterflies and also Goldfinches.
From Johnny’s Selected Seeds I ordered seeds of my favorite annual, Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). I noticed that there are a couple of shorter Tithonia varieties available, but why bother with this plant unless you are willing to embrace the full Tithonia experience (plants 6 or 7 feet tall)? Actually, it was the threat of summers without Tithonia that finally motivated me to begin seed starting.
Marigolds are admirable in flowering containers, cheerful and indestructible. Usually I grow varieties from the ‘Disco’ series, but this year I’m going with ‘Tangerine Gem’, a variety of Signet Marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia).
I’ll also try some seeds of this ‘Queen Sophia’ variety (T. patula).
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) seeds were also on the list, though these can be bought cheaply as plants by the flat. I want to use the seeds to underplant the Tulips growing in the Driveway Border.
From Burpee we ordered more of our favorite annual sunflower, ‘Italian White’. I noticed there are some other beautiful white or near-white Sunflower varieties, but most of them have no pollen. This may sound strange, but I actually prefer flowers with pollen.
The ‘Porcelain Blue’ Corydalis (Corydalis flexuosa) in the Burpee’s catalog was irresistible. We have wanted this plant since seeing it at a private garden years ago during the Garden Bloggers Fling in Toronto.
From Park Seed we’ve ordered several Zinnia varieties, including ‘Yellow Flame’ …
‘Sunburst’, and the dwarf Zinnia Profusion ‘Fire’.
One lesson I took from last year’s seed starting is to be careful not to plant too early. Last year I had lots of plants outgrowing their pots before either I or the weather was ready to transfer them outside.
Have you ordered your plants and seeds yet for spring planting? Trying anything new?