I planted my alpine strawberry seeds (variety 'Alexandria') last Saturday, then put them on top of the bookshelf in our south-facing living room, where they would be warm and out of the way. The seed packet indicated that seeds might not germinate for 20 to 30 days, so I was prepared to wait a long time. In fact, I was so resigned that I didn't even check them every day. I remembered about them this morning, though, and sprouts were poking up! They probably came up yesterday and they weren't getting much light up there, but I think they'll be okay. If you look really closely at the photo, you can see tiny sprouts.
Now they're growing in a cold, north-facing bedroom under a 42-watt, 6500K "daylight" compact fluorescent bulb. The cool temperatures and bright light will, I hope, keep them from getting lanky, since I can't put them outside until mid-May, which is two and a half months. Spring can't come too soon for us, but it's not even time to plant the tomatoes. One day, I will become patient.