>And So It Begins…..


After spending a week being inspired looking at Seed catalogs, Tyler and I spent some time this afternoon planting some of the Zinnia seeds I saved from last summer. I started out with the seed divided by color, but they ended up mixed by fall. I start them in trays until large enough to set out in posts or the landscape. I always save some for neighbors and friends too!

This is my first try at saving seeds. I hear it can be addictive!!! I had great luck with Zinnia’s last summer, and enjoyed many fine bouquets.
August 2009

This summer, I want to establish hollyhocks behind my David Austin “Golden Celebration” roses. I have planted seeds, and tubers with no luck… Any suggestions?


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3 Responses to >And So It Begins…..

  1. Rosey Pollen says:

    >You will never be free of this…have fun with those seeds.You are now engulfed into the wonderful world of seed starting.


  2. >The hollyhocks would look beautiful behind your roses, but I have had no luck with them. Sorry I can't help. Zinnias are my favorite annuals. Too early for me to start though. Nice post.


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