top of page

Seed Starting... The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat

In the cold, dark days of winter, when the only thing for entertainment is watching seeds grow, we put a lot of eggs into our seed trays. Since it's been years since I've started plants from seed--I thought I'd "practice" and plant some herbs--I rationalized it wouldn't be a waste of time as I could have a windowsill herb garden that would keep me going until spring.

I also started some lisianthus "seeds". I'm still wondering if there really was seed contained in the "pelletized seeds" I bought off of Ebay (in all honesty it looked like bagged dust). Again, dear reader, I implore you to buy your seeds from a reputable dealer. I thought I would try a few seeds (the claim was 15 pelletized mixed Echo lisianthus seeds) in an effort to avoid the higher shipping costs at Johnny's. Dumb move. What do they say--penny wise, pound foolish. Truth!

So... I started my mini herb garden--four basil, four parsley, and four cilantro seeds. As it stands right now--I have three basil, two parsely and two cilantro up! A little over a 50% success rate--I'm still holding out hope more will germinate, however, I am counting this as a victory! I've removed the greenhouse cover and will continue to baby my babies--I can taste the pesto now. Okay... maybe a bit optimistic, but I'm so happy to see something green (other than algae).

Now let's turn our attention to my lisianthus "seed". I am moving into week four and I have yet to see a speck of green. Each morning and night I religiously make the pilgramage to my seed starting room (a.k.a. my rarely used formal dining room)--I remove the greenhouse cover, and stare intently--looking for some sign of life. Tonight I swear I saw something. I blinked, trying to focus my tired eyes, only to lose it. I am coining this phenomena as Lisianthus Mirage Syndrome (LMS). While I know it's time to give up the ghost, I still am holding out hope. I tend to my empty seedling tray as if those "seeds" will miraculously germinate--I water, provide warmth, light... love. We are four weeks out folks... hope diminishes, exponentially, with each passing day. I will keep going until my new lisianthus seeds arrive... whenever that might be. They are lost somewhere between Mississippi and New Jersey.

I... will... not... give... up. I am determined to get ONE lisianthus flower before my first autumn frost. That being said, I will not let it become my holy grail. There are too many other possibilities--zinnias, sunflowers, snapdragons, dahlias, etc. I have to let the lisianthus agony of defeat fade into the light of a summer cut flower garden. Remember, it's never defeat if you learn something in the process--yes, you may quote me on that ;) Happy gardening from the Bumbling Gardener.


Post: Blog2_Post
bottom of page