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March 30, 2009. I must be getting better at timing my seed-starting activities. Most years, I have at least one variety that decides it's time to bloom under the lights when we're still in early February. Charming, but not particularly helpful, when they still have weeks to go before making their way outside. In following years, I make sure to start the species in question a few weeks later. This year, my first inside blooms didn't arrive until late March. They came courtesy of Impatiens scabrida, which I'm growing for the first time this year. The creamy yellow flowers are cheerful, but the plants are clearly not too happy about living inside - their stems are already stocky, and they're a bit squashed between the many seedlings nearby that don't grow quite so fast. Needless to say, I'll shift the seed start date backwards for these, too.
In other news, this past weekend, besides featuring a fierce hail-and-thunderstorm, marked the start of the outside gardening season. All the cutting back dead growth and other cleanup, even when it occurs in March, still mostly belongs with the previous season in my mind. But when I start to pot up plants for my annual plant sale, I know that spring is here! As usual, I'm keeping a running tally of species potted up. Pretty soon, I'll be spending my every spare daylight hour in the garden...

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