Friday, April 11, 2014

More Seedlings

I spent a very peaceful afternoon today pricking out seedlings and planting some more seeds. Among those seedlings moved to more spacious quarters were roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), Eritrean basil (Ocimum gratissimum), Portuguese kale, and two kinds of marigold.

 Seedlings of Eritrean basil, Portuguese kale, red valerian (Centranthus ruber), garlic chives (Allium tuberosum), and Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica); the seemingly empty cell backs on the upper right are standing in water and are planted with rice ('Duborskian' and 'Hmong Sticky')

The additional seeds sown today were of Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi var. franchetti) and orange cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus). Meanwhile, the first patch of fairly hardy transplants, consisting of stocks (Matthiola incana) and some seedlings of butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) were moved to the balcony to harden off and get used to the sunlight. In a little while they will be ready to go into the garden downstairs.


  1. Hooray for spring and hardening off of stock! An exciting time in the garden. I got a couple stock plants the other day just to place on the back stairs so that we can enjoy that heavenly scent whenever we pass by.

    1. I am thinking of keeping a few of them in pots on the balcony so as to be able to enjoy the scent more easily. I only hope that I have given them enough of a head start that they will develop properly before it gets too hot.

  2. Steps to a lush print and summer! Good germination rate there and nice that you're growing asclepias


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