Today I counted the first sprouts of the year - there are 2,968 so far from the 58,966 seeds that were planted last month. At this stage, it is quite evident that some seed parents produce seedlings that germinate much earlier than others. Some have already germinated too thickly. Seen below are seedlings coming from the variety known as 'Darlow's Enigma'. The seeds in this area should have been planted less densely. This group will have to be culled rather hard to avoid a total jumbled mess. Next year my goal is to plant about half the number of seeds (that is if I can resist doing "just one more cross").
With some of the other seed parents however, there have been no germinations, but I know that will change. Some of the later germinating seed parents have a very high germination rate.
In any case, this place will be all in bloom in about 10 weeks.