Okay, so on the picture it is not very impressive, but 11 days after planting Sweet Williams seeds they sprouted. And yes, there is a whole row of them, not just what is on the pic. Why am I sharing it then? See, I put the cart before the horse and planted these seeds before checking details online. No, they did not come in a packet, these were seeds that uber gardener Glory Lennon sent me from her garden.
Well, of course I had done a quick overview online as to how tall they grow and that as to allow for enough space. However, after the fact I read up some more and found conflicting info online: It’s an annual; no, a biennial, wrong-it’s a perennial. No, it’s a short-lived perennial and will only flower in the second year. Oh, and don’t sow until July. Sigh. Well, they are in and up, so we’ll see. Does it count that the weather has been as hot as July for a few days?
The second surprise for me today were the zinnias. “giant state fair exhibition type,” to be exact. These we just planted on May 12 on a 53-degree day that saw an almost record-setting low temp for the night of 37, so I did not even check on them, but Tom called me over to that flower bed and sure enough, the whole row sprouted. That is not the surprising part, however: The seeds were from 2006 and according to many gardeners (online), seeds that old don’t sprout, or a very small percentage at best. Well, they were wrong.
As usual, I did the temperature calculations for these. It took 11 days for the Sweet Williams to sprout. The average high temperature for that time period was 71, the average low was 48, and the median temperature was 59.
The zinnias took 6 days to sprout and the average high temp for that time period was 73, the average low was 50, and the median temp was 62.