First up, some recent photos of the seedlings, which are growing sturdier by the day:
Arugula in the indoor salad planter.
Chile peppers, leggy kale, and a tomato seedling.
Tomato, tomato, pepper, potted up to keep growing strong.
I also found some signs of spring out in the yard over the last couple of very nice days:
Tulip greening up.
Small groundcover wildflower; name unknown, flowers the size of a pencil eraser.
Small groundcover wildflower with closed pink blooms. When open, the petals of the quarter-sized daisy-style flowers are white and the centers are bright yellow.
Now? It’s snowing.
If anyone has any ideas as to the identity of either of the two wildflowers, please feel free to hazard a guess in the comments!
UPDATE: The white flowers appear to be Spiny phlox (Phlox hoodii) or another native relative. My research this evening has also identified Scarlet Globemallow (Sphaeralcea coccinea, native) and Yellow Salsify (Tragopogon dubius, introduced, can be invasive) that I photographed last summer. I hope it doesn’t take a whole year to ID these little blossoms!
Very little in the way of new news to share, though there is one sprout in my salad planters as of Saturday’s quick trip to the office to check on seedlings, and there’s evidence that an eggplant is going to sprout. Friday, I planted some more tomatoes and eggplants, in case something catastrophic happens to the first batch, and I planted kale. This coming Friday, I’ll get the shallots started (from seed, so apparently not “true” shallots, which Teh Internetz suggests only propagate by bulb division). The sprouts that came up this week are doing well.
The Anaheims and onions are still visible in the far container, along with the lemon mint, with the Genovese basil and the so far lone Pasilla in the back corners. But another Pasilla was suggesting it might sprout soon when I checked on things Saturday. In the near container, from left to right are: Mexico Midget, Italian Heirloom, Opalka, and Beam’s Yellow Pear, along with the lime basil.
And because we’re gardening at 7200 feet, it was cold and snowy and windy all weekend, so I’ve not yet managed to get anything accomplished outside.
Peppers have sprouted! Three little Anaheims greeted me this morning, pushing their tiny cotyledons against the damp plastic lid of the starter tray as if to say, “Let us out!” So I did.
I’m a pepper! Wouldn’t you like to be a pepper, too?
The lone surviving Pasilla Bajio from the first planting is starting to peek out a bit, and might stand up by tomorrow. Four replacement onions are also starting to sprout, little green-white loops not yet strong enough to lift the seed casing.
Three more onions collapsed past the point of recovery when the tray dried out too much over the weekend–hazards of starting things at work. I pulled them and re-started them, but those will likely be the last that I re-start. I’ve got a lot of other things to start and supplies to shop for and new beds to build!
Peppers and Onions