As warm, dry, and sunny gives way to cold, wet, and cloudy, there is still much to look forward to in the garden...collecting and germinating seeds, testing winter propagation techniques, winter bloomers, frost-sweetened brassicas, and a chance to stand back and re-imagine different areas of the garden.
The Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Himalayan lily) I planted a few years ago went to seed and I am going to try my best to raise a cardiocrinum family.
|Cardiocrinum giganteum seed pods|
|Cardiocrinum giganteum flowering|
Each seed pod contained hundreds of flat, paper-thin seeds.
|Look at all those seeds!|
To germinate the seeds, I took a plastic-mesh tray and lined it with some left over row crop cover to keep the bugs away and filled it with some potting mix. Then I sprinkled some of the fresh seeds right on top.
I read that it takes a while for Cardiocrinum seeds to germinate, so it is a good idea to cover the seeds with gravel in order to prevent a film of green slime from growing over the top.
Here is the end result:
It's going to stay outside all winter and will probably be forgotten until sometime in the springtime...