After work today I stopped by the garden centers at Lowe's, Meijer's and Home Depot, mainly to look for lantana and Calibrachoa, (Million Bells). I was successful in finding lantana at Lowe's and the pink and purple calibrachoa at Meijer's. I still had the Lowe's gift card from January 25, and finally spent it today on three Knock Out roses, several lantana and red salvia.
I have grown so much from seed that I can't tell what some of the plants are anymore. I was moving some of them outside tonight and picked up this plant; as soon as it touched my skin I started stinging like I was being stung by bees. It actually left whelps on my arm and it really hurt. I'm thinking that it must be Stinging Nettle. I know I didn't plant it, but I also made a huge mistake and tried to cut corners on the planting medium this year. It wasn't sterile and I've not only had damping off disease but I've obviously got weeds too. Ouch! Another lesson learned the hard way!
The Swizzle zinnia that I grew from seed is not pretty like the mother plant. Another disappointment. Although I was warned that it might not be true to seed, I just had to try. Hopefully, I can find it again this year.
The petunias are blooming. Some have already been planted outside, and the rest will hopefully go out tomorrow.
The anise hyssop has really been neglected because it was never transplanted into a larger container.It is still beginning to bloom in spite of the poor treatment. I've enjoyed the licorice smell!
I've uncovered some of my winter sowing containers and I'm very happy to report that I have sprouts in every container except one. The only thing not successful was the lantana and I knew it was a long shot when I attempted it.
I'm hoping to have some breaks in the rain tomorrow to get some much needed planting done. It's pouring right now and I'm concerned about the young, exposed plants I have on the patio. Hopefully they will be all right.