Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium)
and Anchusa azurea ‘Alkanet’

Designer's Palette

Seeds for Summer Blooms

Have you ever had great expectations of planting seeds and having a garden full of flowers only to have the seeds dry up because you forgot to water them or pests eat them? You are not alone, the same has happened to me. Some seeds, such as Sunflowers, Celosia (Cockscomb), Morning Glory, and Nasturtium germinate and grow with less care than other seeds. The soil is starting to warm up now and that is just what these summer bloomers need. They still need some attention to baiting for pests and watering them but they are a little more forgiving if a day of watering is missed.

There is one Morning Glory (Ipomoea alba) that is a night bloomer and fragrant! You may want to soak the seeds for a few hours or overnight before planting to help with germination. Sunflowers can be sown every few weeks during the growing season so that you have blooms all the time and not just once.

Of course, you can buy little plants from the nursery instead of planting your own seeds. These plants were sown back in February or March in a greenhouse setting so you can get a jump on having flowers right away!

We hope you enjoy this month's information!

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