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Fun With Seeds

I have accumulated an awful lot of seeds over the years, a lot of them old packets, so as I had a patch of garden I cleared last year I thought I'd give some of them a chance. After preparing the ground, I slung all the seeds in an empty yogurt pot, stirred them together, and sprinkled them over the garden, except for the Sunflower and the Nasturtium seeds, which I sowed in shallow drills at te edges. Raked it over, watered it, and now I shall wait and see if anything other than weeds comes up.

Here's what I sowed, a mix of annual and perennials:

1. Annual Cut Flowers Mixed
2. Antirrhinum Magic Carpet Mixed
3. Aquilegia ‘Alchemists Mix’
4. Aquilegia Alpina Blue
5. Aquilegia Vulgaris Magpie
6. Aster Milady Mixed
7. Aster Moraketa
8. Aster Ostrich Plume Mixed (2)
9. Candytuft Dwarf Fairyland Mixed
10. Candytuft Fairy Mixed
11. Chrysanthemum Golden Fleck
12. Chrysanthemum Multicale
13. Cineraria Maritima Cirrus
14. Container Mixture
15. Convolvulus Minor Mixed
16. Cornflower Mixed
17. Cornflower Polka Dot Mixed
18. Cosmea Express
19. Dahlia Dwarf Double Mixed
20. Dianthus Brilliancy
21. Dianthus Caryopyllus Knight Series White
22. Dianthus Double Gaiety Mixed
23. Dianthus Twinkletoes Mixed
24. Echium Dwarf Bedding Mixed
25. Erigeron ‘Orange Fizz’
26. Erinus Alpinus Mixed
27. Eryngium  PCH 268
28. Eschscholzia Dalli
29. Eschscholzia Monarch Art Shades
30. Evening Primrose
31. Everlasting Flower Mixed (2)
32. Garden Pinks Spring Beauty
33. Godetia Dwarf Mixed
34. Gypsophila Monarch White
35. Heliophila Longifolia Blue Bird
36. Heuchera Palace Purple
37. Ipomoea Heavenly Blue
38. Larkspur Giant Imperial
39. Lavatera Silver Cup
40. Leptosiphon Rainbow Mixture
41. Mixed Annuals (2)
42. Mixed Cottage Garden
43. Nasturtium Double Gleam Hybrids Mixed (2)
44. Nasturtium Roulette Mixed
45. Nasturtium Tom Thumb Mixed
46. Nigella ‘Miss Jekyll Blue’
47. Nigella Persian Jewels Mixed
48. Night Scented Stock (2)
49. Pansy Large Flowered Mixed
50. Pansy Reveille Lilac F1
51. Pansy Winter Flowering Mixed
52. Poached Egg Plant
53. Polemonium Caeruleum Album (Jacob’s Ladder)
54. Polemonium Caeruleum Blue (Jacob’s Ladder)
55. Poppy Paeony Flowered Mixes
56. Potentilla Lutea
57. Potentilla Megalantha
58. Primula Malacoides Supreme Mixed
59. Pyrethrums Robinson’s Single Mixed
60. Red Cross Free Seeds
61. Rock And Alpine Flowers Mixed
62. Rock Rose Mixed
63. Scabious Tall Double Mixed
64. Semiaquilegia Adoxoides
65. Setaria Italica (Ornamental Grass)
66. Shasta Daisy ‘Alaska’
67. Shirley Poppy Single Mixed
68. Silene Schafta
69. Silene Sucksdorphii
70. Splash Of Pink Mixed Annuals (2)
71. Stachys Lanata
72. Stardust French Hybrids (Leptosiphon)
73. Stock Ten Week Dwarf Mixed
74. Stock Ten Week Large Mixed
75. Sunflower Giant
76. Sunflower Tall Single
77. Viola ‘Freckles’
78. Wallflower ‘Fire King’
79. Wallflower Single Mixed (2)
80. Wallflower Tom Thumb Mixed
81. Wildflower Collection
82. Zinnia Allsorts


They sound gorgeous, especially the russet one, such an unusual colour!

I've had disappointments like that with plants I've bought mail order. Always such a shame though.

I've taken some more cuttings from a few different plants; hoping some will root as I've never tried taking cutting from them before, my Oak Leaf Hydrangea for one. The Fuschsia Magellanica will probably take, that's pretty easy, but I'm also trying the Dogwood I bought mum years ago, my Buddleia Globosa, and a twining plant that I have no idea what it is but it's rooted in the path. I don't want to lose the plant, but I want to reclaim the path...
My black irises all seem to have died. They were my absolute favorites - we had them planted with white irises for a striking display. I also had a tan and darker brown iris I'd bought at a yard sale, sadly, it vanished. I still have my orange and white iris (I refer to it as the Dreamcicle - I need to make sure it transferred here because I love it so much. I have a lot of various hues of purple, of course.

I also collect daylilies. My cousin bought me something called a "double dragon" that I have to look up!

I have tried and tried to re-root my roses from my house but it doesn't seem to work. I will hate leaving them without bringing any cuttings with me.
Hopefully you'll be able to replace some of your iris varieties. The back sounds stunning, there are so few black flows and they make a striking contrast with light coloured varieties.

The double dragon sounds fascinating. Being a dragon fan in any form, I'll have to look that one up myself!

Taking cutting of roses is notoriously difficult, especially since most varieties are grafted to a more compact root stock. The one time mum succeeded, she took the cuttings in autumn, stuck them in the ground, and left them over winter in a sheltered place. Even then, only two or three took. I hope you have better luck.
I referred to the black iris as my "fluffy bat". :D

Yeah, I was hoping I could take some cuttings and graft them on the roses here that have gone back to root stock.

Mom planted a bunch of seeds today in little pots so we'll see what comes up. I can't wait to see what happens with my wildflower seeds - I know you know what I mean!
Awww, that's adorable! I love bats too.

Good luck, I've never tried grafting although I know how it's done (I have tons of gardening books so I've read up on a lot of things).

Yay! I hope you and your mum gets lots of seedlings. I sowed some wildflowers too, I love seed mixes because you never know what you'll get. My twiny plant came from a mix. I still have no idea what it is, and I've never had any flowers on it, but I love it anyway.
I've never tried grafting but I've read up on it, too.

We have a lot of seedlings in the garden at the moment. With all the rain this afternoon, more may pop up!

Viney things are always fun, depending on what kind of vines. I would love to have wisteria again.

Yay for seedlings!

We've having rain for a bit now after nearly a week of dry and unseasonably hot. I know there are weedlings coming up where I sowed seeds (some are already identifiable as docks), but no seedlings so far.

They can be, and I like this one, I might post a photo at some point and see if anyone can identify it. My neighbours had a Wisteria but I kept getting all the flowers, lol! It really liked draping itself over the coalhouse, and it threaded yards of tendrils through the hedge between our houses.
They look like sunflowers. Which means we have a lot of sunflowers. :/

Wisteria wants to go where it wants to go! Mine clumped in the side of the yard and we tried to train it to go along the fence. It really didn't want to go that way. :D
The birds will thank you later! I desperately want some sunflowers to come up. Although if we have weather like yesterday again, they won't stay up - we had a hailstorm =/

Wisteria is very opinionated, lol! It must not have liked your fence, preferred its cosy corner.
My Mom loves sunflowers. We always have batches of them. But I would like some new flowers, too! So I am hoping I get some other new flowers. I planted some of my wild seeds in my neighbor's yard and it looks like some of hers are coming up.

My friend had wisteria growing up her live oak tree. That was cool...but not very good for the tree.

Sunflower seeds are big so they tend to come up faster than smaller seeds. There's plenty of time for other things to germinate, I'm sure the sunflowers won't be all you get.

I can imagine, some climbers can strangle other plants. My problem is Ivy rooting into the bark of various shrubs. It's tenacious stuff.
I did see something with feathery leaves in one of the beds today so that gives me hope. We will probably pull some of the sunflowers so they don't take over the garden.

I planted marigolds with my tomatoes today and also put a few petunias in planter boxes.

Wisteria was going to kill that live oak but my friend didn't believe me. Someone else lived at that house the last time I was in Florida so I don't know which of the two survived, the wisteria or the oak.

Ivy is tenacious stuff!
Oooh, feathery sounds interesting!

Companion planting ftw! I used to have marigolds with my tomatoes too. I like petunias.

The Wisteria probably won unless the new owners cut it down.

Tell me about it! The stuff is everywhere.
Mom's seeds are starting to come up (either jack beans or moon flowers, she's not sure which).

We've discovered tomatoes also love daylilies. They grow very well together.

The wisteria would win and destroy the oak tree. I still love wisteria though. There were some gorgeous vines at the Kanapaha State Park that covered an arch about 20 feet high - various colors, too.
Yay! Mayb it's some of each!

I've never tried growing daylilies with tomatoes, but then I've only ever had one daylily.

I think Wisteria is fine as long as it's not growing up something living.

Sounds glorious!