I was much more drunk an hour ago. Than I am right now.
Besides my favorite coconut rum + pineapple chunks (with juice) + cran concoction, I'm also drinking lots of Bloody Marys these days. Bloody Marries? Surely, San Francisco's best Bloody Mary is had at the Lush Lounge. Well, at Whoreticulture Gardens, we do them with vodka + V-8 + freshly ground pepper + a few of these peppers Guy has Safeway deliver because we don't do grocery stores.
Anyhow, this blog post is a note to myself that all my recently ordered seeds have been delivered, and that tonight I sowed Penstemon Palmeri, Camassia quamash, Delphinium cardinale, and D. californica.
It has long been my custom since I started sowing seeds last year, to soak them in a glass of water overnight before sowing, and to discard any floaters. Only seeds that sink get sown. Well, none of the D. californica sank. They all floated. But I sowed them anyway. Because they all floated. We shall see what happens.
(I could just write that note down on the tag I insert into the sowing flat, but then what would I have to blog about? Carol keeps her notes separate from the blog, but I'm not that organized. Everything that happens that needs to be remembered, I put here. Because I have to do this for me. Because I don't know you. Why should I care about you?)
Also, I want to note, to myself, that Flowercraft Nursery was out of sterile sowing mix, and has been for several weeks. So I concocted my own mix with bagged peat and perlite, mixed 5:1. (Peat is reasonably sterile, and since I've never experienced damping off, I am not afraid of it.) What's generally* most important to seed germination, besides sowing shallowly, is good contact between the seed and sowing medium. Contact must be thorough. This is what keeps the seed coat soaked, so that water can leach away germination inhibitors, so the coat will soften, so that it will slough off. Peat fibers are very small, and form a nice, tight enclosure around the seed.
*What may be specifically important to germination are things like diurnal temperature fluctuation and stratification. Most temperate zone perennials need at least the diurnal temperature fluctuation to germinate. I keep the seed-sown containers on a heating pad during the day, and I put them outside at night.
The Camassia quamash I did not bother to soak. They will take several weeks or months to germinate, and during that time they'll be in a flat left outside in the cold California winter rains with no diurnal fluctuation. They'll have plenty of soaking.
They can dry out next summer. Like me.