Ann, yep, the gardening forum is now on my top list :) to visit. I am going to get the Datura seed from my seed company and it will be one of the flowers I propogate.
I love snapdragons, I used to grow a cultivar called "Liberty" for me and my customers. Liberty is a semi-dwarf, wind tolerant snap that does not fall over like the tall ones, like Rocket series. It is a dense, dense plant, producing fabulous cut flower material all summer long. I wanted to have this variety of snapdragon in my gardens this year, because of my love for them. Ha!!!!! What a joke. I hate to buy flowers from the garden centres because they cannot even begin to hold a candle to the quality that I can grow in my own greenhouse. But I wanted snapdragons. Do you think I could find this variety anywhere? Nope, they had all the little rounded shaped varieties, and I don't like them, I wanted cutting variety. Everyone said that this variety was not offered this year from their growers. Whatever!!!!!!
So, here I am again, going to grow my own, I know my capability of producing beauties of flowers and plants, so I guess I will just use myself and grow on!!!!!
The Liberty Snapdragon has some of the most beautiful and deep shade colours that you could imagine. The white and red is my very favourite. The red is deep, almost maroon, and the white is pure, clear white, no hint of green that so many white flowers possess. The whitest white you could ever imagine. Oh man, I miss my snapdragons.
The Liberty snapdragons have self-seeded all over my place, but the plants are so inferior that when they germinate and start to grow, I cull them, I may let one or two grow because all snaps are pretty, but of course the Liberty is a F1 hybrid, so it is the best of the best of two parents and the babies are so icky. Too bad eh?
I am starting to think about the seed ordering now, my catalogues have come and this is some wintertime fun.
Many seeds I have to begin in February to get some beautiful plants to set out in May, like the Snapdragons, Heliotrope, Tuberous begonias, Inca Marigolds (the large flowered, large plant ones) and many others, but those come to mind. Lobelia I generally begin around the end of February, and that takes a long time too.
Who said wintertime was boring? Have a wonderful day, love our life we live. Cindi