Alyssum, forget-me-not, Johnny-jump-up
, lobelia, and nemesia can be planted from seeds or seedlings (when starting from seed, all but the lobelia are best planted in fall).
Some of Rosemary's favorites include larkspur, an old-fashioned flower from the delphinium family that grows to tall and stately spikes in the spring; foxglove, a tall plant with bell-shaped flowers in many colors that blooms well in the spring but fades in our summers; Johnny-jump-ups
, colorful annuals that produce vibrant blooms of deep purple and yellow all summer; and Queen Anne's lace, a hardy plant that easily reseeds and produces a white, airy bloom.
The petals themselves -- including blossoms of larkspur and Johnny-jump-ups
, daisies and verbena, wild rose and sunflower -- are purchased from local gardeners in Richfield and a contract grower in Chandler, Ariz., with some exotics picked up outside the area.
Has: ladybells, daisies, Johnny-jump-ups
, marigolds, assorted annuals and perennials, shrub cuttings, rooted thyme and mint, assorted tree seeds or sprouts, heirloom tomatoes
The youngsters each filled two six-packs with fertilized potting soil, then planted seeds in each container, watered them and inserted identifying markers to label them as tomatoes, lettuce, Johnny-jump-ups
, cosmos, marigolds and sweet peas - all under the eye of Tina Rovito Bemis, co-owner of Bemis Farms.
Nasturtiums and Johnny-jump-ups
are often available at upscale grocery stores.
Minty: mint (Mentha spp.) bee balm (Monarda didyma), and Johnny-jump-ups