When Gene Stratton-Porter built her cabin on Sylvan Lake, she was determined to create a home suited just for her. With the east windows facing the lake and the south windows facing the garden, her conservatory is a bright, warm room of windows. I spent Monday afternoon starting seeds in this room. The sense of history was strong and, perhaps, I imagined I was Gene doing the same thing almost a hundred years ago.
I planted Heliotropium arborescens "Marine", Lobelia cardinalis, Convolvulus "Blue Enchantment, Amaranthus caudatus or Love-Lies-Bleeding, and ageratum. Seeds for all but the convolvulus were purchased from Select Seed.
I have six flats of sprouted seeds in my bay window with Verbena (mixed colors), Apricot digitalis (foxglove), Bells of Ireland and Cerastium (Snow-in-Summer). Some will go to the site and some will stay in my garden.