The weather has been a bit better for the last week and the girls have loved soaking up the sun! They have really taken off this past week and are starting to develop nicely I think.
It has been so nice I have ran out of fresh water from my rain barrel so I have had to start using tap water. I see a lot of people spending lots of money buying reverse osmosis systems and money on fancy dechloranating products from the hydro store, but there is a better solution IMO. I just use pure Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to take chloramine out of my tap water. Much cheaper and has the added benefit of bringing the PH of my water down to about the right level. I have been doing this in my garden for a few years now and the plants seem to like it. Its about 15$ for a bottle and lasts me a couple seasons of watering my whole garden.
Here is an article from the US Department of Agriculture detailing the chemical reaction and how Ascobic Acid can be used to decholrinate water. It deals with both chlorine and chloramine. Just a bit of information I thought might be useful to some people.
Anyways the plants are coming up 4 weeks since sprout. I anticipate that they will begin flower in the next week or so. The small one (An Auto Zam) is about 2 weeks behind the others as it was planted later. I thought I saw some minor bug damage on one so I sprayed them all down with insecticidal soap and put down some dichotomous earth. I would rather deal with it now before it becomes a problem.
Lots of bees bumbling around my garden... its one of the main reasons I take such pleasure in keeping many flowers in my yard. Save the bees!