Monday, April 13, 2009

The Lupins are Coming! The Lupins are Coming!

Well I have my seeds for the year planted. Peas, Tomatoes, Parsley, Fennel, and probably other plants I'll buy as starters later on. And I wanted to devote an entire flat to Lupinus perennis which I'd bought 1oz of from Prairie Nursery. It's actually a pretty plant as well a host plant to one of those endangered butterflies I'm always going on about. It doesn't flower it's first year and I don't have any pictures of it otherwise so here is a Google search of Lupinus perennis.

So I have the flat ready when all of a sudden I douce the entire 1oz packet of seeds with the garden hose. So that's about two hand fulls of seeds (maybe a few thousand) that are all about to grow. Granted I was going to plant them all anyhow, but it would have been nice to have some spare laying around. So now I have two flats, and several flower pots, some belonging to my neighbors without their knowlage, devoted to this one wildflower. I'm sure the endangered butterfly will be thrilled.

So the point here is, depending on how many of them germinate, I might be selling or giving away a lot of this plant in the near future. We'll see what happens. The seeds might require chilling for a few months. If only I had another oz of seeds incase none of these grow. Oh well, I tried. If nothing grows in a few weeks I'll attempt chilling the flats, but I think I've seen lupins come up normally in some seed mixes.