It has been hot, hot, hot here in Southern California and the poor garden is looking pretty sad. But the nice thing about gardening is that there is always something to look forward to. Soon it will be time to plant bulbs, and seeds for winter annuals. I don't plant all of my annuals from seed but there are some choice flowers that just aren't available in my nursery, particularly some of the taller, old fashion annuals such as Rocket Snapdragons, Giant Imperial Stock and Calendula Officinalis. In my opinion all better performers their newer, shorter growing cousins. I had to mail away for the snapdragons and calendula seed but the stock I was able to find locally.
To germinate the seeds I am going to try something new, I have been saving all of these little plastic containers with lids that fruit and my favorite Trader Joe's macaroons come in, I think they will make excellent little greenhouses. Later after germination when the little plants are big enough I will move them into pony-packs. I think this is also a fun way to recycle.
I love both seeds and bulbs, they hold such promise of beauty.
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