Home of Stella's Gardens

We are now living full time in Northeast Iowa, and working on the new gardens. It will keep us busy for quite a while...

As an avid gardener since I was about 7 years old, that gives me over 45 years of experience gardening in this part of the world. And every year teaches me a bit more.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The first batch of plantlets (mostly flowers edition)

So here are the first batch of plants - these are flowers with long lead times like begonias, geraniums and some perennials. These are geraniums with some cuttings of last year's geraniums and begonias in the background:
These are onions, leeks and shallots oh my!
And the asclepias tuberosa (Gay Butterflies,) some begonias, some echinacea paradoxa and one purpurea (still waiting for the others to sprout, as well as the eupatorium purpureum.)
Then there's the second round just seeded Saturday afternoon - maters, peppers, numerous types of annuals, all listed in the garden log links at right....


  1. Looks like you are very frugal and industrious. I go the easy way, buying my plants. Although I did try to overwinter my calladiums - and failed spectacularly, ending up with a bag full of smelly calladium mush. (Yum.)

    I love butterflyweed and purple coneflowers; have some in my garden. Haven't tried echinacea paradoxa.

    Do you find onions and leeks are in the category of vegetables that are really better just picked?

    1. Caladium mush, yummy indeed, bet you can sell that. I did dahlias once, at the end of winter they were wizened little things that looked like something the witchdoctor would use to cure the heebie jeebies...

  2. I grow onions and leeks and shallots partly for the $ and partly because we are looking to grow/preserve/store most of our veggies when we move to our new place. The ones I grow are good "keepers". They are pretty easy to grow. We have lots of garlic too. Not so much better for flavor, not like tomatoes etc.