I was slowed significantly for a couple of days with a low-level sinus thing; runny eyes, nose, achy, energy-less. Better today and back to quiet, intense background labor: production for (S)Edition, putting together a proposal, necessary painstaking research for a looming deadline, prep for classes.  Through it all, thinking about both my gardens and the next pieces I will make.

I fell in love with these last summer at I-Park; they’re tritoma, aka ‘red hot poker’. Two dozen are germinating in seed trays in a sunny bay window, along with delphiniums. little violas and all the herbs (the only seeds that have sprouted so far). There are also three batches of mystery seeds, gifts from folks whose plants I admired, which I forgot to label. Everything I’m doing right now feels a bit like what’s going on in those seed trays.

5 thoughts on “Germinating

  1. whoa! the tritoma looks amazing and perfect for you. i love that you have mystery seeds, too. it will be fun to see what comes up.

    a bunch of people are having that sinus thing (including ben in afghanistan)–i hope you’re back to 100% shortly!

  2. Spring Sinus Syndrome strikes again — it’s pretty rampant here too.

    Love the tritoma: think I’ll poke around to see if they’ll grow here, now that we’ve got a small plot of real uncontainered earth to ourselves.

  3. Well, crap: they don’t. Coldest region they are rated for is USDA 5, and we’re 3b. Although we might provide them a nicely protected micro-climate, the chance of finding seeds here ain’t great.

  4. The Chicago area is 5b; in Connecticut, I was right on a border between 5b and 6 and everything seemed a little bigger and hardier than here. We’ll see how they do; they’re perennials.

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