Annuals, biennials and perennials. Even if your grandmother didn’t have a green thumb, this mix will evoke images of the simpler, less hurried time in which she lived. An old-fashioned “cutting garden” was often no more than a corner of the vegetable garden where a few flower seeds were tossed — their lovely, cheerful blossoms were a bonus after the hard work of sowing, watering, weeding, and harvesting.
Annuals, biennials and perennials
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks before the average last spring frost. A second option: Sow half the seed 4 weeks before the average last frost (hoping the last frost is earlier than usual) and sow the second half a week or 2 after the average last frost (just to be safe).
When to start inside: Not recommended.
SOWN AT THE RATE OF 25 SEEDS PER SQ. FT.,
THIS MIX COVERS APPROXIMATELY 350 SQ. FT. AND INCLUDES: (Percent of mix by weight)
China Aster (A) . .12%
Forget-Me-Not, Chinese (A) . . 12%
Sweet Sultan (A) . . 11%
Daisy, Painted Tricolor (A) . . 10%
Cornflower, Dwarf (A) . . 8%
Larkspur, Giant Imperial (A) . . 8%
Love-in-a-Mist (A) . . 8%
Mexican Hat, Yellow (A) . . 1%
Cosmos (A) . . 4%
Delphinium, Pacific (P) . . 4%
Sweet William (B) . . 4%
Baby’s Breath (A) . . 3%
Bishop’s Flower (A) . . 3%
Globe Gilia (A) . . 2%
Godetia, Tall Double (A) . . 2%
Brown-eyed Susan (A) . . 2%
Celosia, Feathered Red (A) . . 2%
Coreopsis, Plains Bicolor (A) . . 1%
Coreopsis, Plains Red (A) . . 1.5%
Corn Poppy (A) . . 0.5%
Canterbury Bells (B) . . 0.5%
Catchfly, Tall (A) . . 0.5%
A - Annual, B - Biennial, P - Perennial
Artist: Carol Till
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