Thursday, 26 April 2018

A discovery of seedlings

Checking out my plants today, I made a discovery of seedlings.

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Why is this so exciting? Because all I did was chuck (I mean it, chuck) a few of the fluffy seeds last summer into a container with some bulbs going over, chucked a speck of soil over them, then forgot about them. So when I was looking at the flowering bulbs today I thought, wait a minute, what's that fluffy seedling down there? And there it was, not one, but TWO young Pulsatilla vulgaris seedlings.

The irony is that I've previously tried to grow P. vulgaris from seed, prepared pots and compost and all, and had no luck. And when I barely make an effort, I get rewarded. Go figure.

Next up is Allium seedlings, that I deliberately grew from seed. I got them from the Hardy Plant
Society annual Seed Distribution Scheme and blogged about this back in January. Of the six varieties I sowed, five have come up.

Allium schoenoprasum ex 'Forescate'

Allium sikkimense

Allium vineale 'Hair'

Allium cyathophorum var. farreri

Allium cyathophorum

The only party pooper is Allium wallichii CLD 1500, which I've still got my fingers crossed for.

Still, I also consider five out of six pretty good luck, since between the cold weather and moving house and garden, I've given these no attention either.

So the moral of this story? Sometimes seeds will grow without you doing very much at all. Sometimes, they just want to grow.

In the meantime, yipeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!


  1. I really love all the plant 'baby photos' that people post in spring! Thanks for sharing your seedlings :)

    1. It's an exciting time - all us proud gardening parents :D

  2. I’ve had th same experience with primroses. I think it’s the freshness of the seed that makes the difference.

    1. That could be it. I sowed them very soon after getting the seed in the post.

  3. Oops. I looks like I just weeded out allium seedlings. I was on a paranoid get-rid-of-anything-that-could-be-Spanish-bluebells mission.

    1. I totally understand your paranoia - I'm the same with Spanish bluebells, and the bulbs are similar. You could always dig a couple up, pot them on, and see what they turn into?

    2. That is a good idea, then I could keep them in quarantine/detention centre!


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