Patience is rewarded


I have been particularly pleased this Spring to discover some pots of seeds which have germinated.  Why are these pots so special and pleasing to me.  Well I sowed the seeds in March 2009, nothing happened but I rarely give up quickly with seeds so the pots were pushed to the back of the greenhouse and forgotten.  After Christmas when I was clearing out the  greenhouse to put in my new staging the pots where put out on the patio and forgotten.  Then over the last few weeks I have noticed seedlings emerging – a year after sowing.  The seeds above are for Ornithogalum pyramidale, I  have got Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ and Silene fimbriata. Obviously, these perennials really need the cold to break their dormancy which certainly happened this winter!

So the lesson is don’t discard your pots of seeds that haven’t germinated too quickly you never know if you put them to one side and forget about them you may get a surprise

My friends often think it is funny that my blog is called The Patient Gardener since I am often not seen as a patient person.  However, I do have patience and it is most apparent in the garden and in particular in growing things from seed.

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

10 thoughts on “Patience is rewarded”

  1. I am amazed, both that they came up and that you waited so long so patiently. I will never ever be able to do that, ever. I’m hoping its written somewhere that impatience has its rewards too 🙂 I’m a top scorer there.

  2. That is amazing! I must admit when I plant seeds I’m always amazed that these little things will even sprout much less become the plant on the package. Always seems miraculous to me.

  3. That’s great! I just noticed the same thing with the Hemerocallis seeds I recieved from a blogfriend last fall. Finaly they have germinated!

  4. That is so good to see, and an encouragement to those of us who are still waiting. What I don’t understand is how you could still read the labels. The writing always comes off mine after a few months.

  5. That is terrific! Seeds do live for many years outdoors in the ground so maybe yours just thought they were able to take their time as the thousands outside do. Congratulations on the baby seedlings!!You have the right name for your blog! You changed your format… I still love it. Oh dear… I wonder how long ago you did this… was I just not noticing it? Happy Spring!! ;>) Carol

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