There have been some posts about seed catalogs recently, maydreamsgardens.blogspot.com/, transatlanticplantsman.typepad.com/,among others. (If you would like to leave a link in a comment below to a post you have made about seeds, please feel free to do so). Those posts got me thinking about the seeds that have been saved from last year’s purchases and gathered from the garden. It is nearly time to get the sunroom/greenhouse ready for seed starting. Shown above are the packets on hand. The dahlia ‘Bishop’s Children’ has been successfully raised from seed and remains a favorite in the garden. Enough of those seedlings have overwintered here for several years so it seems a good idea to try some more. I really like the yellow and orange colored dahlias but so far have red and maroon only. Last time the seeds were started in January so that timing will be repeated.
Nancy at Gardening Gone Wild posted about Chiltern Seeds and a catalog was promptly ordered, http://www.gardeninggonewild.com/?s=Chiltern+Seeds&x=14&y=6. They even sent a free pack of seeds.
Here are the home made packages still left from those more orderly times. Usually there were too many seeds to fit in these lovely papers and it was very time consuming to sift and sieve away the chaff. It was a nice idea though.
The preferred seed saving receptacle nowadays is a sawed off cardboard box. Easily stacked and holding stems and all of collected matured seed material makes this a good choice. The label here says ‘white balloon flower ’07′. Oh boy!
On occasion a ripe fruit will be saved in a napkin to dry in the shed. This was the best tasting pepper, aruba hybrid. Three plants produced many chile rellenos. I know as a hybrid the babies may not resemble the parent, so seeds were located for sale from Harris Seeds online. Not cheap for the minimum amount to be ordered but it has been noted that pepper seeds remain viable for several years. Yum!