About a third of my flower seeds were sown recently. I have a lot to learn when I comes to growing ornamental plants so I'm sure this year will involve a lot of trial and error. Most of the flowers I've chosen so far for our cottage garden are perennials. However, I'm also growing a few annuals like zinnias, Hungarian bread poppies and lobelias. (Window boxes filled with cascading lobelias are among my favorite gardening things.)
For the most part, my seeds are germinating very well (in some cases too well). I have an awful tendency to sow my cells way too densely. This weekend, I will have a fair amount of thinning and pricking to do. One issue I'm facing is that I don't have nearly enough pots to grow these seedlings on, which is why I'll be spending much of this weekend making newspaper pots. Another is that I'll be running out of shelf space by this time next month, which is about when I'll be starting the bulk of my vegetable seeds. As a result, my goal will be to move these plants over to one of my raised beds covered with agribon and greenhouse plastic and pray that we don't get an arctic blast from mid-March to May.