Saturday, February 7, 2009

So many choices...

I need to order my seeds. But I can't decide what I want. I keep changing my mind, second guessing myself, and adding things to my list that I can't possibly have room for. I want to grow some perennials, but my last year's seed growing experience with perennials wasn't great. I didn't grow that many, so maybe the ones I choose this time will grow better? Also, I have lots of seeds leftover from last year. Do they last for more than one year?

So far this is what I have selected. I order from

Blue Mirror Chinese Delphinium
- I love blue flowers and it is so hard to find a true blue flower.

Munstead Lavender - I am not sure if I need/have room for this, but I love lavender!

Black Beauty Pansies
- I grew these last year, and really liked them - I would like some more, and I am really hoping the ones from last year will come back.

Mixed Lupins - I think these are fairly easy to grow and really cheap. I bought a lupin plant last year, and think a few more mixed in the corner with it would be nice. And, since the seeds are so cheap, it is probably worthwhile to grow them from seeds.

Giant Tetra Snapdragon - I want to use these to fill in the extra spaces and maybe in my black pots out front

Razzmatazz Sunflower Mix
- These were probably one of my favourite things in my garden last year - until a wicked rain/wind storm knocked them all over when I was on holidays (and filled my basement up with water...I wasn't pleased). They were fabulous colours - this year I want twice as many!

Plus, I have my vegetable seeds - beans, several lettuce varieties, carrots, beets and onions...

I can't decide because I don't actually need a whole package of the perennials, and I am worried it will be a waste of money if they don't grow well. Does anyone have a lot of experience growing perennials from seed? Is it worth it? Or should I just buy the perennials from a garden centre? Plus I still have to buy my spring bulbs - lilies and glads. Gardening is going to make me go broke!


Jan (ThanksFor2Day) said...

Hi Breanne,
You have a lot of plans! I hope at least some of them come to fruition. I'm not the person to ask about seeds but several bloggers I've met (on Blotanical) seem to have lot's of experience. It depends a lot upon your zone, though, and what does well in Ohio or NC or CA isn't necessarily going to do well in BC!!
It must be quite cold where you are right now. In VA our weather was 69 degrees today-but I'm trying not to get overly excited, because chances are good that we'll get at least another freeze, and possibly some snow, before it warms up for good. But I'm sure it's nothing like where you are right now!
Good luck with your orders. I know how you feel, because I just bought some bulbs to put in (things I've never tried before) and a bunch of seed, and I have no idea where I will put them, or if they will even grow!

breannep said...

Yeah, it's been a cold winter - but it's all what you're used to. I must admit that as much as I love winter, I am ready for spring. But, my yard is still under 2-3 feet of snow even though it warmed up to 5 degrees Celcius today...chances are there will still be at least one more big dump of snow and a few more weeks of below freezing temps... thanks for the messages jan...

Connie said...

Growing perennials from seed is worth the effort and gives you many plants for the price you would pay for one. I would recommend winter-sowing. It works wonderfully well and gives you something to do while you wait for spring!

breannep said...

I have had lots of people comment on winter-sowing. The idea seems so strange to me - or at least I had never heard of it before. Why do people like it better?