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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


That's a LOT of sunflowers!

I'm hoping to weed some of the docks out over the next few days, along with some bramble seedlings, but I do now have three or four feathery seedlings that could be Eschscholzia! And several Aquilegias, so that's something. There are more tiny seedlings coming up too, so what they might be is anybody's guess.
It is! I pulled more in the past few days because they're interfering with the growth of my tomatoes. I need to get one more tomato plant per Mom, so I might get one tomorrow.

My flowers are coming up, too! Though the petunias in one pot are not as happy as those in another pot. What's up with that?
Weird. Maybe you could move the pot?

I've sown sunflowers in pots, and some sweet peas... A bit late, but you never know your luck.

Still got a lot of docks to weed out but more seeds are germinating, so who knows what I might end up with? Too rainy for weeding at the moment but it should be better later in the week.
It's next to the other pot. I wonder if it needs a little fetilizer. Though I used the same dirt for the second pot...just strange all around.

I thought about potting some of the sunflowers and taking them to the local Humane Society to see if they wanted to sell them for 50 cents apiece or something but I don't know that we have that many pots. :D

I see petunias coming up in the garden, left over from last year's seeds. I can't wait to see what we get from this!
Maybe it feels overshadowed, lol! Can't compete with the other pot.

Sham you don't live near me. I could've given you some pots.

You might get some new colours!
Maybe! The other pot(s) were put up later, so that worked pretty well.

I am really hoping I get a lot of color! I weeded my garden some today; hopefully I didn't pull up too many flowers. I kept catching some herbal scent I couldn't place while I was working, so there must be some mint-y type thing in those flowers.
Mmmmm, I love the scent of mints and other herbs! I wonder if the one down the garden is still there, I think it was a thyme...

I'm hoping to have colour too, but so far it looks like it might be a bit sparse... I did pull some more docks yesterday, but there are still a lot.
Me, too! My herbs died and I need to go find out if there're still some at my old house.

Mom planted a potato and it's got some lovely leaves.
Woohoo! Homegrown potatoes to go with your homegrown tomatoes!

Hope you can replace your herbs.

I am less than worried about the lemon balm but the mojito mint is just yummy.
I have a fondness for apple mint and spearmint. Lemon balm... *sigh* is that possible to get rid of? I don't mind a small patch but the stuff is invasive.

I think some of mt seedlings are silver birch trees, seeded from next door's trees...
Well...lemon balm does smell nice when you run over it with the lawnmower? :D

We have that problem with maple and mimosa trees.
Mostly I run over it with the car.It's set up home at the base of the wall along the driveway. I keep tearing in out, but it just comes back.

We have maples cropping up here and there, mostly in the hedges. They're not easy to get rid of. We have rowan as well, but there hasn't been a rowan tree around here in over 35 years. There used to be a big one growing up through the remains on next door's garage, but than went when the house was sold and an extension was built. Yet still the seeds are around, and viable.
Car, lawn mower...still smells good.

Maples are difficult to get rid of. I used to love climbing them when I was a kid.

Oooo, Rowans!