I planted each packet in a separate pot (planning on thinning later) and sat back and waited. The results were a little unexpected. Well, I expected the seed papers to not work at all and that was exactly what happened! Just from looking at them I could only see maybe 3 seeds on each.....the odds were against that one to start with. The packets however surprised me. Though they seemed to grow a little slower I did get a few flowers out of each one. Not enough that I needed to thin them, but I still got a few pretty flowers. Truthfully, I expected more to grow. I expected it to be no different then seeds I would buy in a store. I posted about factors that affect seed viability in this post...and I suppose since the seeds were handled by a third party and shipped through the mail, that could have affected them. Who knows, all I know is only a few sprouted per pack but that's ok because they look good in the pretty colored pots!
Luckily I had lots of other free flowers popping up too! This year I've been pulling lots of little pale green weeds that seemed oddly familiar. I knew I didn't plant them but I kept thinking that they weren't ordinary weeds. Then one popped up by the fish pond and I didn't notice it. It grew several inches tall and started to get flower buds on it. I decided to let it bloom and when it did, I recognized it as a flower I had seen at the farm market.
I had never planted any of those though! How is it possible that they are popping up in every flower bed and even my veggie garden??? Don't get me wrong, I understand how seeds get spread. Especially dill. I have dill everywhere! I just don't understand how they got here to begin with. I like them though, and have let them grow wherever they want. They add a pop of Of color here and there and are much prettier then the weeds! As far as volunteers go, they're my most colorful ones this year!
How are your flowers growing?