The seeds I planted last week are beginning to germinate. Okay, the Clarkia purpurea and the Hieracium villosum are the only ones up, but it's only been a week. The fact that both packets were stuffed with seeds while some of the others had less than 10 seemed like good indicator of potential success. Plus the fact that the Clarkia is an annual and the Hieracium is a weed, or so some folks would say.
Actually, the Clarkia doesn't like heat or transplanting but I'm sure I can get a few out there without killing them and because it's so early they ought to be able to flower before it gets too hot. The Hieracium is one of the "good" hawkweeds. Actually, I like most hawkweeds despite their tendency to self seed......"enthusiastically." This one, as it's name suggests, is covered with soft silky hairs. The plants are tight mounds of silvery foliage. Very nice. They bear the typical yellow hawkweed flowers but they are not really necessary.