I wrote this earlier in the season, but it is only appearing now because I had several other posts already in the queue ahead of it. This happens from time to time when my writing gets ahead of the calendar, but usually my postings don't refer to a specific time frame and so nobody notices.
One can garden all year-round if they live in the warmer parts of the world. I'm stuck in the depths of a (really mild) Minnesota winter, but I don't have a greenhouse. I can still do some very limited gardening.
I just (17Feb2016) planted a whole mess of seeds into containers that are going to go outside and stay outside tomorrow. Tomorrow is expected to reach some 40F (and then 50F the day after), but we'll probably have some well below freezing in what is left of our winter. So... what am I thinking?
Lots of seeds spend winter outside. Many even require a lengthly cold and wet (from being under snow) winter experience to reliably germinate on schedule in spring. This requirement can be provided at any time of the year using a fridge (called cold stratification), but the winter here provides an easier way to do it...
So, I planted:
- Arisaema triphyllum (from Bass Ponds in Saint Paul, MN)
Iris setosa interior
- Cammasia quamash (from "Agroforestry Research Trust")
- Cammasia quamash (from "Plant World Seeds")
- Cammasia leichtlinii (from Lopez Island, WA)
- Cammasia cusickii (from "B&T World Seeds")
- Clintonia borealis (from Lake Superior, north shore)
- Hemerocallis hybrids
- Iris setosa interior (dark selection from Fairbanks, AK)
- Iris setosa interior (from Fairbanks, AK)
- Iris versicolor (wild selection from central WI)
- Lupinnis perennis (from Wisconsin)
- Lupinnis hybrids (grey-seeded selection)
- Mertensia paniculata (wild selection from Fairbanks, AK)
- Rosa pomifera (large-fruited selection)
- Rosa acicularis (large-fruited wild selection from Fairbanks, AK)
- Rosa rugosa (large-fruited selection #1)
- Rosa rugosa (large-fruited selection #2)
- Rosa hybrid (large-fruited, vitamin-C rich selection)
- Rosa woodsii ultramontana (wild selection from Lake Tahoe, NV)
- Rosa hybrid (prostrate selection)
- Rubus sp. (blackberry, wild selection from I94-WI)
- Rubus sp. (creeping selection from WI)
- Rubus parviflorus (from Lake Tahoe.)
- Rubus strigosus (from Nenana, AK)
- Tulipa hybrids
- Viburnum opulus var americana (domesticated selection from MN)
- Viburnum opulus var americana (wild selection from Fairbanks, AK)
- Viola sororia (wild selection with cut leaf mutation)
The seeds represent various different goals and projects. I'm not going to go into detail about them, however, until I have living plants to help illustrate my ideas. In general, I'm hoping the plants will be interesting.