forgot to mention
For those of you following along with the guessing game in a previous post, the seedling was of European origin. That means congratulations are in order for Hank and Gloria, who guessed correctly.
These babies have now even elicited the approval of my sister, here for a visit, who said immediately, “But why are those particular ones so healthy?”
And the answer is, I think they are all healthy. It’s just that this European heirloom seed, ‘Cracoviensis’, has put up a crop of the most uniform, sturdy-looking little chaps. They are shorter, darker green, and with nice fat seed leaves, and more of them germinated, so the presentation is nicer, with no gaps or bunching in the flat (after the initial thinning). They are pretty much the stereotype of well-grown lettuce seedlings.
As I said gloatingly to F. this morning, though, one of the North American varieties, ‘Speckled Bibb’, has the largest true leaves of the bunch and is clearly the farthest ahead.
(But this is not a contest, honey.)
What can I say about forgetting to mention the answer, after explicitly stating I’d do so? Well, 54-degree weather, a romp outdoors, and a nice dose of sun may have made me a little giddy today. I’m not yet used to it, I guess.
I mean just look at that flower up there. And that was the view underfoot. No wonder I forgot.
If you’re interested in either of these fine lettuces, my seed for both varieties comes from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, a company I can heartily endorse as having great products, service, vision, and ethics. (And no, they’re not paying me to say so.)