Oh wow! Seeds sprouting already! I sowed these on Sunday and Thursday I noticed the Clarkias are already germinating! Some look like they should have been opened to the light a couple days ago. I have now followed Marjorie Schmidt's advice and raised the glass (well, polycarbonate) covering a few inches and removed the newspaper, just for those that are sprouting. The rest have yet to show.
I have to confess that when I planted all these different seeds on Sunday I misremembered the guidelines for annuals. You're supposed to sow them in late October! But we'll see what happens. I did save some seeds for a later sowing, after I discovered my mistake. These are local wild clarkias and I am VERY excited!
I'm used to these things being Very Difficult - so maybe I make things difficult for myself. For example, I spent a day pounding on ceanothus nutlets to get the seeds out for stratification and hopefully germination - Curbstone Valley Farm commented that their ceanothus seeds pop all over their deck! I should just have waited till late August.
And then - we had such a hot couple of days, 105 in the shade, though we're back to cool drizzly fog in the mornings and I love it. I think the burst of heat made everything pop. Including the madrone bark!
Sure enough - the Ceanothus thyrsiflorus has cast its seeds to the ground in myriads of shiny black balls.
I collected a nice handful from the roadside to stratify along with the others, and we'll see if there's a difference in the results.
I love experiments!