The February Garden is Spelled A N T I C I P A T I O N

“One of the most delightful things about a garden

is the anticipation it provides.” W.E. Johns.

My sister-in-law sent me this quote this morning. How true it is. Thinking about spring is fulfilling in February.

seeds2The basil seeds sprouted in seven days. The chives appeared a few days later. In fourteen days cilantro was pushing up. Then came sage. Little parsley heads were the last to poke through.  Every morning I follow their progress, wishing them onward and upward. I may have been too quick to anticipate. I can’t put the basil out until the middle of April. But the sage, chives, cilantro and parsley, I’m sure, can hit the ground sooner.

My refrigerator is holding perennial seeds taped in packages to the underside of the shelves. I’ve been introduced to a new concept – cold stratification. I’ve planted many perennials, but they always came in pots from the nursery. I never thought about giving seeds a deep freeze before, but I’ve been told, if I seek germination, I better replicate nature. It makes perfect sense. So milkweed, butterfly weed and Echinacea are vacationing for six weeks with the milk, eggs and orange juice. I tried an outdoor method with the hellebore seeds. In January I planted them in peat pots outside where I want them to grow. The pots are dug in at ground level. Hopefully they will sprout in early spring and occupy that real estate for years.

Kevin Lee Jacobs Lifestyle website  gives a comprehensive list of perennial seeds requiring cold stratification.

So I’ll spend these cold, dark days indoors with my overwintered begonias, the tete a tete daffodils from a friend and the amaryllis that’s ready to pop.


Amaryllis Extravagantly Popped 

seeds1 It’s almost time to plant the flower seeds.

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