As is tradition in my garden, seeds have been sown early. Much too early, if you ask some people. For me, it’s a way to will away the winter and usher in the new growing season. I’m hoping this winter will end abruptly, what the violent start it had.
I’ve managed to only get 11 kinds of seeds so far. I’ve got to pace myself unless I want to find myself with more transplants than places to put them. The salvias started to germinate within 4 days, despite being 3 years old.
Of course, I couldn’t just stick to normal plants. I managed to find seeds for Moringa oleifera (Moringa Tree, Drumstick Tree or even Benzoil Tree) and started them at the same time. They have started to germinate now, on day 7.
A few years ago, I germinated Eccremocarpus scaber (Chilean Glory Flower) for the first time. It took more than 3 weeks before I saw any seeds germinating. Whether it was from less than ideal conditions, old seeds, or some other reason; I’ll never know. This time around it took 7 days.
Other seeds that have been started, but haven’t germinated, are:
- Metrosideros excelsa (New Zealand Christmas Tree)
- Pachystegia insignis (Marlborough Rock Daisy)
- Hebe speciosa (New Zealand Hebe)
- Aristolochia gigantea (Pelican Flower)
- Aristolochia fimbriata (White Veined Dutchman’s Pipevine)
- Watsonia gladioloides
You may notice that these additional seeds are NZ natives, or are plants that I’ve already grown. I grow what I’ve got!
Today I happened to see a few plants at a nursery that looked very familiar.
Acca sellowiana (Feijoa) bears some of the most flavorful fruit out there, in my opinion. When I saw it for sale semi-locally, I couldn’t pass on the chance to grow my own. It may not fruit reliably for me, but then again it just might. Only time will tell.
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