Fun With Seeds

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.

Up in the shed the seeds saved from the garden are still in their various drying containers. I used to sift and package them very neatly. Now they go from this state to pots inside or in the ground.

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!

In this metal mud tray are nicely dried blackberry lily, belamcanda, seeds. In the past the seeds have been planted both the same season as gathered and held over to the next year with equal success.

These are saved seeds from the above mentioned dahlias. There appears to be seeds that look the same as those found in the packages purchased. Let the experiments begin.!

The one ironwood , vernonia noveboracensis , plant inside the garden produced many flowers. Some dried heads were planted directly into the ground, these were saved for later sowing. This metal container was just the right size to hold these pretties.

A large patch of black eyed susans, rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’, is the vision for a sunny border. They give color later in the summer when the daylilies are finished and the Sheffield Pink mums have yet to open. I was told to just leave the seed heads in place and the babies would come. The dried plants are still standing. We shall see if that was correct advice.

Looking forward to a great deal of fun with seeds to keep one occupied until spring returns sometime in March in these parts.
Frances

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7 Responses to Fun With Seeds

  1. brokenbeat says:

    we bought several seed packages recently and the spring-sun-filled basement will be the house for many, many a colorful seedling, most of which are blue and unquestionably inspired by the blues posts you put up. when the time is right, i’ll put on my safety goggles and yellow chemical-repelling gloves (for no reason other than i don’t know what i’m doing) and trudge through the musky, stone-walled underground greenhouse prepared with a variety of handmade soil mixtures, perlite, and assorted watering devices fashioned to the belt i made of wisteria bark. it’s almost freakin’ time.

  2. Frances says:

    tina…thanks for the link. I’ll give it a look.

    brokenbeat…I am very interested in the wisteria bark belt. Please elaborate.

  3. chuck b. says:

    I like the stackable sawed-off cardboard box. Much better than paper bags which cannot be stacked and are hard to see into. I guess the trick is to get boxes without flaps the seeds can hide under.

  4. Frances says:

    chuck b…that is the problem with the boxes, one has to get those tricky hiding seeds out from under flappers.

  5. Carol says:

    It seems many of us gardeners have ‘seed fever’ right now. You look like you have as bad a case of it as any of us!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  6. Frances says:

    Carol…Thanks for visiting. Yes, seeds are on my mind lately. The pots are being readied now.

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