Survivors

After the seedlings are covered and boxed in November, I don’t know whether I’ll see them again. Some seem too small to make it through the winter. But five or six months later, most of them have.

These are not the most exciting pictures on the internet, but they look pretty good to me, in Zone 3 where it is minus-one Celsius today and snowing.

Lilium philadelphicum. These are either new shoots or, more likely, last year’s sprouted seeds. If they were new shoots, there would be some dead material left of last year’s greenery.

Primula involucrata sending up new leaves.

On the left, red buds of Astilboides tabularis and on the right, new sprouts of Olsynium douglasii (aka Sisyrinchium grandiflorum, or blue-eyed grass), both seeded last year.

Astrantia major. These very small seedlings survived in pots in the cold frame as well as in the garden under cover of leaves and snow.

Gentiana (cachemerica?). A little red from the cold, but otherwise unaffected by five months frozen solid in the dark. Click to get a better look.

These pinkish wires are tulip sprouts, from seeds collected and sown last summer. Tulipa tarda, I think.

Primula elatior ssp meyeri, four of seven survivors, six over-wintering outdoors, one indoors. The seventh is larger, but the six look healthier. I doubt any will flower this year, but there will be a nice patch of them next year.

These next plants are larger. The auriculas were seeded last year. Of the 72 in the trays in the cold frame, 70 survived. The Primula halleri, in the orange pots, were seeded two years ago. The P zambalensis and P longipetiolata were mail-ordered from Beaver Creek last fall; they spent the winter in the cold frame and this spring will go into the garden.

Inside the cold frame: auricula seedlings in the four flats; more auriculas and various other primulas in pots along the right side, and in the cell packs down in front, primulas that were kept indoors over winter.

New buds of Primula halleri

Primula longipetiolata

And Primula zambalensis, new growth emerging beneath last year’s old leaves.

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