Have you heard of the merristem? It's the tissue at the growing tip of the plant where the cells are continuously dividing - merrily, I like to think!
Sown on Sunday, up on Wednesday - its so encouraging when your seeds pop up quickly. Once I have the propagator going, the first thing I do each morning is check to see what's happening. It is a nice springtime routine, and I have to say it does get me out of bed a little earlier....
I'm growing annuals here. It's a nuisance having to sow and prick out when the packets say sow direct, but it just doesn't work reliably enough here. Our slug population, the chance of late frosts, possible heavy rain, and the soil can be late to warm up. I have far more success planting out sturdy little plants brought on in the greenhouse and carefully hardened off. I direct sow extra annuals later if there is space, and that does give me a long succession of flowers.
We open the garden again under the Yellow Book scheme at the end of June - so there's a little extra pressure!