Thursday, October 22, 2009

Some Seedlings in the Veggie Garden

When I was taking photos for my veggie garden update, I noticed cilantro and other volunteers coming up, but had taken so many other photos, I decided to do a separate post. It has been raining since early yesterday morning, so once again, I went out in the rain after work today, and enjoyed my hunt for seedlings to photograph.

This afternoon I was trying to remember what I'd learned about whether all of the larkspur and bachelor buttons that I saw in the spring were new seedlings that waited for the right season to sprout, or if some of them were brave ones that had survived the winter. When I did a search, I found a post on a blog, How the Gardener's Workshop Garden Grows, that was quite informative. This person actually plants seeds to come up in the fall. It was stated that up to zone 6, the seedlings that come up in the fall are developing roots for spring. I am 5b, but I have a feeling some of the seedlings I have in the fall make it through to spring. I know there have been some plants survive that are grown as annuals here, such as a few daturas, and verbena bonariensis. Also, at least some of the flowers that come up, are newly sprouted, because we get more than the ones that come up in the fall.

I have a feeling the cilantro, shown in the first photo won't survive the winter, so I should use it soon.

This is larkspur, an annual. There are a number coming up.

I've had some hollyhocks that were supposed to be perennials. I'm not sure if this one is, or if it's a biennial. The ones that come up here seem to be yellow, even though the first ones I planted were blacks and reds.

This is bachelor button, an annual. It's the only one I've noticed so far.

The annual, cleome will send up lots more seedlings in the spring. I read that I should wait until spring to thin these to see which ones will survive winter.

Verbena bonariensis comes up at all times of the season.

This is a perennial sweet pea, coming up in the middle of the garden, next to some cilantro.

Once dill starts blooming, I have trouble keeping it deadheaded to prolong the season. I have been using the dill I dried, but maybe there will be enough to use some fresh before the snow flies.

I think this is catmint. If not, it could be anise hyssop.

I still have borage blooming, but some seeds evidently matured in time to start a new plant.

There are a number of young weeds enjoying the rain, as well.


  1. Lot of action in your garden! Your post sounds familiar, just how gardeners look for new developments in their garden every day.

  2. nice to see all the little plants starting to sprout. Hope they manage before winter.

  3. We are planting seeds now, to come up in fall. They will grow through winter and bloom in early spring, probably before your snow is all gone. I am planting sweet pea, larkspur, dianthus, calendula, poppies of all description, alyssum, cleome, snapdragons, and a few others.

    I have cilantro and dill up in the garden.

    I am surprised about the verbena bonariensis surviving your winter, as it is a native of Brazil!

  4. It always amazes me, the cycle of life. Just as things are winding down in your garden new plants are springing up.

    I think that's how everything works. As we grow old, we have our grandchildren, growing to take our places in the world, and as each door closes in our life a new door opens.

    I'm pretty sure the cilantro wont make it through the winter outside, so you don't have to feel guilty picking young plants to eat now.

  5. Very nice post to help folks out there weeding this time of year. It is so nice to see them all growing so we won't pull them accidentally.

  6. I think its a greeat sign chill and they are still around. A sign of multiplication in the spring. I love volunteers all over my fence peas some bird must have dropped and sweet potatoes everywhere..sandy

  7. I really enjoyed your post today. Very interesting what you can do in your zone.

  8. I've been finding larkspur, poppies and bachelor buttons all coming up. I'm leaving most of them on the off chance they survive. Otherwise hopefully more will wait to germinate until spring.

  9. I was reading along and nodding my head as I did. It sounds like the same thing I am seeing in my garden and I have worried that the poor little fools would die during the winter. I'm in zone 7 so who knows what the winter will bring. Our weather man sure doesn't!


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