Since I didn't plant them after a killing frost (that last in the spring-the first in the fall frost that gets all your plants and helps Edward the Goldendoodle's allergies), I would have had to fool the seeds into thinking it's been winter.
"Cold stratification" is the recommended process. You put the seeds in the refrigerator for about a month, in a damp paper towel and plastic bag. Check them now and again to see if they are growing, if so, they are ready to plant.
Since I didn't do that, no milkweed... so no Monarch larvae for me this year.
But, I have planted some new butterfly attractant plants, and many of the seeds sown May 23rd have sprouted.
Yarrow: a yellow variety called Moonshine. I have never bought it before, and didn't realize what a truly beautiful lacy plant it is! I planted seeds of a white yarrow, but, boy howdy, plants are so much more gratifying! I may never see my seeds grow this well.
Here's what they look like planted.
The seeds planted two weeks ago are up. I don't remember which is which or where what is, so they will be a surprise!
I had another seed surprise. Back in early spring I planted some tomato seeds in little pots (Blue Chocolate from You Grow Girl). They never grew due to the weather being cold, then warm, then cold and wet, wet, wet. I just took the little pots, stirred the soil up and planted some butterfly and rock garden seeds. I thought they were up, and some are, but mostly what I have are tomatoes! Surprise! As you can see, there are also the other seeds sprouted
with the tomatoes. Penstemon or purple cone flower, I think.