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Sunday, January 25, 2009

My first seedlings of 2009.

From the trays of seeds I sowed on January 1st, only one is sporting newly germinated seedlings. This photograph was taken about a week ago, so it took them roughly 18 days to germinate. The seedlings are Sweet Alyssum, an annual that has many uses. It's mostly used for edging paths and borders and is also a good filler plant in containers and hanging baskets. It's not a showy plant but is wonderfully sweet-scented. I've often walked down the garden on a still Summer's day and wondered what the beautiful scent was that filled the air. Looking for something exotic, only the little alyssum was present. It's humble appearance belies its sweet perfume.


As usual I was being over optimistic in setting so many seeds away early in January. Although we have a paraffin heater in the greenhouse, it is only enough to keep it frost-free. It's still really cold, suited only to the hardiest of plants. However, perhaps February will see signs of life appear in the remaining seed trays.


  1. I hope you're going to keep us up to date with photos of the progress of your seedlings...


  2. Yes I will..... just for you! :D

  3. I wish I could do this! Maybe just a little motivation would get me going.

  4. Hi Cg. :) You've given me an idea for a new post, one on setting seeds for beginners. Thank you. Watch this space. :)