Sunday, February 10, 2013

It’s Miller Time! Tootsie Style!

  Dusty MillerTime that is!

Don't get me wrong..I do enjoy a good beer once in a blue moon...but today... is not one of those days.

Today we are throwing all self control out the window and planting some Dusty Miller seed.    For those who may not be familiar with this plant, allow me to introduce you!

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I really enjoy the silver qualities of Dusty Miller…also known as Silver Dust…when planted in amongst other plants with colorful blooms, it seems to reflect them. 
Colors Just pop against the light colored fuzzy plants! They are a versatile and fun to use plant in pots, in beds amongst plantings or even as a border…(such as the one I have planted below)

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Grab your planting tools…and lets get busy!

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You will need your trusty packages of seed….you can see what Dusty Miller seed looks like in the top right corner of the package…I like to make sure you all know what color and size they actually are!

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Next you will need to go to your stash of pre-filled seed cells in a lined tray with Daisy support tray below.
I like to use the Sunshine professional soil mixes...check them out if you haven't already!



Follow the directions on the package…


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Once you have placed your seed on the top of the soil, and your tray is all planted up…you will want to place it on the shelf and fill the lined tray with water.

Make sure you set that tray near the window…remember Dusty Miller NEEDS light to germinate!

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Watering from below will help make sure that you don’t lose your seeds…and will saturate the entire cell of soil.

And then….we wait. 

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….and WAIT….and WAIT some more!

I have terrible luck with Dusty Miller most years…I often have to re-seed before I get results.  I hope this year is not one of those years.   I have a great idea planned for my Dusty Miller Plants this year!

That’s it…that’s all!   How easy is that?   I don’t think there is any excuse for anyone not to try to sow from seed…do you?

Until Next Time... Happy Gardening!

*)*)*) If you don't see the light at the end of the tunnel...remember not all tunnels are straight!!!

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5 comments:

Acorn to Oak said...

I like Dusty Miller plants. They give a nice contrast in the garden and I love their fuzzy leaves and pretty yellow flowers. I love your planting with the bicycle! :-)

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Grow Dusty, grow!!!

Art and Sand said...

I have heard of Dusty Miller, but never planted it. Since I do not have your talent, I hope my local nursery has it and I can buy plants. I am afraid to seed because I am at work all day and get home after dark so I can't tend the flowers. Just 115 days left before retirement and then I can grow seeds.

I have to say that just seeing your blog header makes me happy.

Gardening with Juanita said...

In the south part of Arkansas we grow Dusty Miller all year. I just cut it back when it gets too big. I have some I planted in 2007. You are right it is great.

Becca's Dirt said...

I use a lot of Dusty Miller in my gardens. You are right it pops and helps the other colors to pop as well. I purchase the plant and have good luck.