But wait! I have some new Lavender seed of a type I've never heard of, let alone grown. It's called fernleaf lavender (Lavandula multifida) from Renee's Garden. Renee has never failed me. I've been growing seed from her through a media program where she allows writers to obtain at no cost several packets to trial each year. Before that, I've purchased several packets from Renee's.
In addition to a few other flower varieties, I'll also soon be starting a tomato from Renee called 'Tasmanian Chocolate'. It's one of Renee's new vegetable introductions for this year, can be grown in a container, and yields medium-sized fruit.
Another vegetable I'll be trying in containers is a green bean called 'French Mascotte'. I've tried growing beans several times with little luck--I could never harvest enough for one serving at a time. I'll be planting these beans in my VegTrug so that I can grow enough plants to at least have a two-person side dish. I'll plant these directly into the Veg Trug some time in May.
|Last year's China aster Callistephus from my garden looks |
great with Eucomis, or pineapple lily. This variety is a mix from Ball.
Although it's out of Floret's stock, Johnny's Select Seeds has it.
Annual asters are actually Callistephus chinensis (Cal-ISS-teh-fus chi-NEN-sis), a bit of a tongue-twister, but knowing this may help avoid confusion if you want to differentiate it from perennial asters, AKA Symphyotrichum.
Last year, I was able to find starter plants at my local garden center in July. They were Ball Florist mix, so out of the eight plants, I had a variety of pink, purple and white double, and semi-double flowers.