My 2020 Seed Order

I finally got around to doing a seed inventory, and it doesn’t appear that I need to order any veggie seeds at all – I’m well stocked!

However, recently Park Seed had a 10 for $10 sale, where select seed packets were on sale for just $1 each!

You know I couldn’t let that one go by, don’t you?

I decided at that price I could experiment with a few flowers I have never tried to grow from seed.

Here’s what I ordered:

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Just look at those pretty Violas! This is the Viola Admire Spring Fling Mix – these are actually perennial violas (we’ll see about that up here on the mountain top!)

I love, love, love both Pansies and Violas for my early spring garden. I usually try to put them out as early in April as I possibly can, mostly in pots so I can take them in as necessary.

Last year I started Pansies from seed and they were honestly the most healthy Pansies I have ever had the pleasure of growing! I figured with that kind of success, why not try Violas? Perhaps I will have the same luck?

I still have some Pansy seeds from last year and perhaps I’ll grow them again this spring….I need to make up my mind asap since they need to get started very shortly!

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I also ordered Lobelia, which I adore….this is Lobelia Fountain Blue and I’m praying it will be as vibrant and gorgeous as the Lobelia I get from my local garden center.

I think the one I generally use is a little more of a royal blue, closer to purple….I guess I’ll just have to wait and see!

Don’t you just adore Lobelia? It’s such a hard working little flower, and softens any container or window box with those tiny trailing flowers.

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Another flower that I use consistently every single year is the old reliable standby, Impatiens. Someone asked me last year why I don’t start my own Impatiens from seed, so when I saw these seeds were part of the sale options, I grabbed a packet! These are called Impatiens Accent White Hybrid.

It will be interesting to see how easy it is to grow Impatiens from seed…stay tuned on that. I usually just pick up a flat from the garden center, but if I can grow a flat of Impatiens for about $1 it would be silly not to!

I did something very smart this Autumn, right before the first frost. I snipped a bunch of healthy stems off my white Impatiens and stuck them in water in my kitchen window. Well guess what….they have all rooted! So even if these seeds don’t work out, I’ve already got a bunch of FREE Impatiens ready to put in potting soil! (Note to self….buy potting soil!)

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While I was at it, I picked up a packet of pink Impatiens as well! These are Impatiens Accent Pink Hybrid.

I just adore the combination of white and pink Impatiens, and love to use that combo up at Papa’s Garden.

This photo was from August 2018, and the combo of so much white and pink in Papa’s Garden really compliments the brown tones of the garden cottage perfectly. I think I’m leaning towards a similar color scheme this year. There was also accents of blue up there….after all, Papa’s Garden can’t be all pink, can it….so the Violas and Lobelia will join the pink and white this season.

What else did I get? Take a look at this beauty:

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This is called Iberis Umbellata Purple Rain, also known as an annual version of Candytuft.

I have never seen this flower before, hopefully it’s happy in my garden this season.

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Here’s another that’s new to me – Phlox Pomegranate, an annual Phlox that blooms all season. The description says it has a wonderful sweet scent….and I’m all about the scented flowers!

I’m not sure where this will go yet, but for $1 for 30 seeds I’m certainly willing to give it a try!

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I had fabulous luck with starting Poppies from seed last year, so I’m giving these beauties a try this year. These are Poppy Parks Peony Mix – isn’t that combo just gorgeous?

I guess I was in kind of a pink mood when I was looking through the available seed options!

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I did manage to sneak in a little orange/red while I was at it, with this gorgeous Celosia Arrabona Red – if you have a small garden you want to be a little more careful about keeping a color scheme going, but I have so many gardens scattered here and there, I don’t worry about that at all.

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I haven’t grown Celosia in many years, honestly I’m not sure why not – it’s always impressive, especially when grown en masse as in the photos above. Again, I have no clue where I’ll put this….but I always find a spot!

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Excuse the fuzziness of this photo….when I blew it up to be the same size as the rest it distorted the image.

This is something that’s new to me….Alyssum Compacta – it’s perennial in zones 3 – 8 and apparently quite easy to grow. I guess it’s related to Sweet Alyssum, which I have grown many times….but I never saw it in this bright yellow color! I picture this trailing over the garden wall that borders the lower parking area. Fingers crossed! The soil there is poor and shallow, and only the hardiest plants survive.

Like weeds. Lots and lots of weeds.

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With these next few, I went completely out of my comfort zone…..look at this gorgeous ornamental cabbage!!! This one is called Ornamental Cabbage Color Up Purple Hybrid – isn’t it lovely?

I always think ornamental cabbages are so pretty in the fall, and they last past the first few frosts I believe….but they are always so pricey in my garden center! This will be a trial run for me, and I’ll need to do some research on how best to grow these, but at $1 for 25 seeds, I think I can splurge!

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This is the same, but in Color Up Red – it’s just beautiful! I can see these in my whiskey barrels on the garden well, and perhaps at the bottom of the steps to the kitchen door, along with some mums.

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Last, but certainly not least, I got seeds for these beauties – Ornamental Kale Yokohama Mix – another autumn plant that will go beautifully with the cabbages and mums.

I guess I have some homework to do, don’t I? I’m guessing I will start these seeds after everything else has been moved outdoors already…but maybe I’m completely wrong?

Anyway, I’m excited to get started! The first seeds are going in by February 1st, two weeks earlier than last year….and that’s only about a week away!

Time to get the workbench in the utility room cleared off and the grow lights set up!

Here we go!I finally got around to doing a seed inventory, and it doesn’t appear that I need to order any veggie seeds at all – I’m well stocked!

However, recently Park Seed had a 10 for $10 sale, where select seed packets were on sale for just $1 each!

You know I couldn’t let that one go by, don’t you?

I decided at that price I could experiment with a few flowers I have never tried to grow from seed.

Here’s what I ordered:

Via

Just look at those pretty Violas! This is the Viola Admire Spring Fling Mix – these are actually perennial violas (we’ll see about that up here on the mountain top!)

I love, love, love both Pansies and Violas for my early spring garden. I usually try to put them out as early in April as I possibly can, mostly in pots so I can take them in as necessary.

Last year I started Pansies from seed and they were honestly the most healthy Pansies I have ever had the pleasure of growing! I figured with that kind of success, why not try Violas? Perhaps I will have the same luck?

I still have some Pansy seeds from last year and perhaps I’ll grow them again this spring….I need to make up my mind asap since they need to get started very shortly!

Via

I also ordered Lobelia, which I adore….this is Lobelia Fountain Blue and I’m praying it will be as vibrant and gorgeous as the Lobelia I get from my local garden center.

I think the one I generally use is a little more of a royal blue, closer to purple….I guess I’ll just have to wait and see!

Don’t you just adore Lobelia? It’s such a hard working little flower, and softens any container or window box with those tiny trailing flowers.

Via

Another flower that I use consistently every single year is the old reliable standby, Impatiens. Someone asked me last year why I don’t start my own Impatiens from seed, so when I saw these seeds were part of the sale options, I grabbed a packet! These are called Impatiens Accent White Hybrid.

It will be interesting to see how easy it is to grow Impatiens from seed…stay tuned on that. I usually just pick up a flat from the garden center, but if I can grow a flat of Impatiens for about $1 it would be silly not to!

I did something very smart this Autumn, right before the first frost. I snipped a bunch of healthy stems off my white Impatiens and stuck them in water in my kitchen window. Well guess what….they have all rooted! So even if these seeds don’t work out, I’ve already got a bunch of FREE Impatiens ready to put in potting soil! (Note to self….buy potting soil!)

Via

While I was at it, I picked up a packet of pink Impatiens as well! These are Impatiens Accent Pink Hybrid.

I just adore the combination of white and pink Impatiens, and love to use that combo up at Papa’s Garden.

This photo was from August 2018, and the combo of so much white and pink in Papa’s Garden really compliments the brown tones of the garden cottage perfectly. I think I’m leaning towards a similar color scheme this year. There was also accents of blue up there….after all, Papa’s Garden can’t be all pink, can it….so the Violas and Lobelia will join the pink and white this season.

What else did I get? Take a look at this beauty:

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This is called Iberis Umbellata Purple Rain, also known as an annual version of Candytuft.

I have never seen this flower before, hopefully it’s happy in my garden this season.

Via

Here’s another that’s new to me – Phlox Pomegranate, an annual Phlox that blooms all season. The description says it has a wonderful sweet scent….and I’m all about the scented flowers!

I’m not sure where this will go yet, but for $1 for 30 seeds I’m certainly willing to give it a try!

Via

I had fabulous luck with starting Poppies from seed last year, so I’m giving these beauties a try this year. These are Poppy Parks Peony Mix – isn’t that combo just gorgeous?

I guess I was in kind of a pink mood when I was looking through the available seed options!

Via

I did manage to sneak in a little orange/red while I was at it, with this gorgeous Celosia Arrabona Red – if you have a small garden you want to be a little more careful about keeping a color scheme going, but I have so many gardens scattered here and there, I don’t worry about that at all.

Via

I haven’t grown Celosia in many years, honestly I’m not sure why not – it’s always impressive, especially when grown en masse as in the photos above. Again, I have no clue where I’ll put this….but I always find a spot!

Add caption

Excuse the fuzziness of this photo….when I blew it up to be the same size as the rest it distorted the image.

This is something that’s new to me….Alyssum Compacta – it’s perennial in zones 3 – 8 and apparently quite easy to grow. I guess it’s related to Sweet Alyssum, which I have grown many times….but I never saw it in this bright yellow color! I picture this trailing over the garden wall that borders the lower parking area. Fingers crossed! The soil there is poor and shallow, and only the hardiest plants survive.

Like weeds. Lots and lots of weeds.

Via

With these next few, I went completely out of my comfort zone…..look at this gorgeous ornamental cabbage!!! This one is called Ornamental Cabbage Color Up Purple Hybrid – isn’t it lovely?

I always think ornamental cabbages are so pretty in the fall, and they last past the first few frosts I believe….but they are always so pricey in my garden center! This will be a trial run for me, and I’ll need to do some research on how best to grow these, but at $1 for 25 seeds, I think I can splurge!

Via

This is the same, but in Color Up Red – it’s just beautiful! I can see these in my whiskey barrels on the garden well, and perhaps at the bottom of the steps to the kitchen door, along with some mums.

Via

Last, but certainly not least, I got seeds for these beauties – Ornamental Kale Yokohama Mix – another autumn plant that will go beautifully with the cabbages and mums.

I guess I have some homework to do, don’t I? I’m guessing I will start these seeds after everything else has been moved outdoors already…but maybe I’m completely wrong?

Anyway, I’m excited to get started! The first seeds are going in by February 1st, two weeks earlier than last year….and that’s only about a week away!

Time to get the workbench in the utility room cleared off and the grow lights set up!

Here we go!

I finally got around to doing a seed inventory, and it doesn’t appear that I need to order any veggie seeds at all – I’m well stocked!
However, recently Park Seed had a 10 for $10 sale, where select seed packets were on sale for just $1 each!
You know I couldn’t let that one go by, don’t you?
I decided at that price I could experiment with a few flowers I have never tried to grow from seed.
Here’s what I ordered:
image
Via
Just look at those pretty Violas! This is the Viola Admire Spring Fling Mix – these are actually perennial violas (we’ll see about that up here on the mountain top!)
I love, love, love both Pansies and Violas for my early spring garden. I usually try to put them out as early in April as I possibly can, mostly in pots so I can take them in as necessary.
image
Last year I started Pansies from seed and they were honestly the most healthy Pansies I have ever had the pleasure of growing! I figured with that kind of success, why not try Violas? Perhaps I will have the same luck?
image
I still have some Pansy seeds from last year and perhaps I’ll grow them again this spring….I need to make up my mind asap since they need to get started very shortly!
image
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I also ordered Lobelia, which I adore….this is Lobelia Fountain Blue and I’m praying it will be as vibrant and gorgeous as the Lobelia I get from my local garden center.
image
I think the one I generally use is a little more of a royal blue, closer to purple….I guess I’ll just have to wait and see!
Don’t you just adore Lobelia? It’s such a hard working little flower, and softens any container or window box with those tiny trailing flowers.
image
Via
Another flower that I use consistently every single year is the old reliable standby, Impatiens. Someone asked me last year why I don’t start my own Impatiens from seed, so when I saw these seeds were part of the sale options, I grabbed a packet! These are called Impatiens Accent White Hybrid.
It will be interesting to see how easy it is to grow Impatiens from seed…stay tuned on that. I usually just pick up a flat from the garden center, but if I can grow a flat of Impatiens for about $1 it would be silly not to!
I did something very smart this Autumn, right before the first frost. I snipped a bunch of healthy stems off my white Impatiens and stuck them in water in my kitchen window. Well guess what….they have all rooted! So even if these seeds don’t work out, I’ve already got a bunch of FREE Impatiens ready to put in potting soil! (Note to self….buy potting soil!)
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While I was at it, I picked up a packet of pink Impatiens as well! These are Impatiens Accent Pink Hybrid.
I just adore the combination of white and pink Impatiens, and love to use that combo up at Papa’s Garden.
image
This photo was from August 2018, and the combo of so much white and pink in Papa’s Garden really compliments the brown tones of the garden cottage perfectly. I think I’m leaning towards a similar color scheme this year. There was also accents of blue up there….after all, Papa’s Garden can’t be all pink, can it….so the Violas and Lobelia will join the pink and white this season.
What else did I get? Take a look at this beauty:
image
Via
This is called Iberis Umbellata Purple Rain, also known as an annual version of Candytuft.
I have never seen this flower before, hopefully it’s happy in my garden this season.
image
Via
Here’s another that’s new to me – Phlox Pomegranate, an annual Phlox that blooms all season. The description says it has a wonderful sweet scent….and I’m all about the scented flowers!
I’m not sure where this will go yet, but for $1 for 30 seeds I’m certainly willing to give it a try!
image
Via
I had fabulous luck with starting Poppies from seed last year, so I’m giving these beauties a try this year. These are Poppy Parks Peony Mix – isn’t that combo just gorgeous?
I guess I was in kind of a pink mood when I was looking through the available seed options!
image
Via
I did manage to sneak in a little orange/red while I was at it, with this gorgeous Celosia Arrabona Red – if you have a small garden you want to be a little more careful about keeping a color scheme going, but I have so many gardens scattered here and there, I don’t worry about that at all.
image
Via
I haven’t grown Celosia in many years, honestly I’m not sure why not – it’s always impressive, especially when grown en masse as in the photos above. Again, I have no clue where I’ll put this….but I always find a spot!
image
Add caption
Excuse the fuzziness of this photo….when I blew it up to be the same size as the rest it distorted the image.
This is something that’s new to me….Alyssum Compacta – it’s perennial in zones 3 – 8 and apparently quite easy to grow. I guess it’s related to Sweet Alyssum, which I have grown many times….but I never saw it in this bright yellow color! I picture this trailing over the garden wall that borders the lower parking area. Fingers crossed! The soil there is poor and shallow, and only the hardiest plants survive.
Like weeds. Lots and lots of weeds.
image
Via
With these next few, I went completely out of my comfort zone…..look at this gorgeous ornamental cabbage!!! This one is called Ornamental Cabbage Color Up Purple Hybrid – isn’t it lovely?
I always think ornamental cabbages are so pretty in the fall, and they last past the first few frosts I believe….but they are always so pricey in my garden center! This will be a trial run for me, and I’ll need to do some research on how best to grow these, but at $1 for 25 seeds, I think I can splurge!
image
Via
This is the same, but in Color Up Red – it’s just beautiful! I can see these in my whiskey barrels on the garden well, and perhaps at the bottom of the steps to the kitchen door, along with some mums.
image
Via
Last, but certainly not least, I got seeds for these beauties – Ornamental Kale Yokohama Mix – another autumn plant that will go beautifully with the cabbages and mums.
I guess I have some homework to do, don’t I? I’m guessing I will start these seeds after everything else has been moved outdoors already…but maybe I’m completely wrong?
Anyway, I’m excited to get started! The first seeds are going in by February 1st, two weeks earlier than last year….and that’s only about a week away!
Time to get the workbench in the utility room cleared off and the grow lights set up!
Here we go!
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