Because I grow most plants from seed, I hear the same thing over and over -' I just don't have the patience for that'. Of course you do! Nearly all perennials are in flower in their second year, a few take 3 years and a very, very few take longer. And yet you all know the 3 year rule for roses (sleep, creep and leap) and you all patiently wait till your shrubs reach maturity. You take cuttings right? Well that's 2 years right there.
If we were to sow seeds then do nothing 'cept twiddle our thumbs for 3 years, well sure, who wants to do that. But we don't. We have a continual conveyor belt of plants coming along.....and it is exactly the same with seeds......except for one glaring difference - cost. Literally, seeds grow on trees (and bushes, shrubs, annuals, veggies).
You know those 'rules' for planting in 3s and 5s - well who buys 3 or 5 identical plants? We mostly buy one and wait till it clumps up. Then we split, divide, take slips and save seeds.....and get lots of plants for FREE.
This is quite apart from the magical process of watching a tiny little seed germinate and grow - it is pure pragmatism (a quality most gardeners have in quantity).
And so, a plea - try a fat and easy seed such as nasturtium - poke a couple into the ground, water in and wait. Absolute joy guaranteed.
Because I am essentially a lazy gardener, I use no lights, special mixes, heat or mist.....so my failure rate is probably around 20%.....but that's 80% success. I probably lose another 50% during the years of potting on, watering and waiting.....but I still have literally hundreds of plants to put in the ground which have cost me nothing apart from time and effort.
I am trying not to hector or nag.....but I really hope some of you have a go - it can be addictive, but it is also nice to be able to share, swap and learn about new plants.