Last week, I sowed a packet of Echinops Ruthenicus ( Echinops ritro ssp. ruthenicus ‘Globe Thistle’ ) into modules in an unheated propagator and placed it on a south-facing windowsill.
The first couple of plants have germinated (5-7 days), so fingers crossed I can nurse these through the winter, and next year we shall have some of these beautiful globes in the garden.
I always get such a thrill from each new green shoot that pushes up from seed. These represent a blaze of hope for spring in the dark damp days of autumn.