The Echinacea Seeds have almost all germinated

Today begins my attempt to grow native shade perennials from seed.  Last year I bought plugs, but I finally realized I was paying more for the packaging and the shipping than the plants.  I am also trying to be more local, so here is my attempt.  Based on today, I have a general sense that this is going to be much more difficult than I imagined.  I am calling it tweezer gardening.  The seeds are very small.

I started six different types of native New England shade perennials.  I had ordered the seeds from The Vermont Wildflower Farm and they arrived this week.  Terese and I had purchased from Griffiths greenhouse supply in Tewksbury 2 cases with 6 sets each of seed starter sets with 81 pellets each.  I took 9, so I figure by Spring I will have  729 plants to put in my seaside shade garden.  I was a bit disappointed with my start on the project.  The seeds were pretty expensive and there weren’t very many of them.

Red Trillium $6.95

Great White Trillium  $6.95

Dutchman’s Breeches $8.95

Wood Poppy $6.95

Eastern Red Columbine $7.95

Blue Bead Lily $6.95

I my opinion there were far too few seeds in each packet with the exception of the Eastern Red Columbine.  I took pictures of the contents.

The Dutchman's Breeches packet had about 18 seeds

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