What a seed haul!
Some people may have picked up on the fact that I have abit of an addiction – to growing things from seed. This really only became a true addiction 2 years ago when I got my first greenhouse and it has been down hill ever since.
This week I have received two lovely packages through the post with my seed orders from the Cottage Garden Society and the Hardy Plant Society. Both societies run schemes for their members to donate seed from their gardens which are then available for other members to buy at a nominal amount. I have done this a couple of years now with the CGS but have only just joined the HPS (mainly so I could benefit from the scheme!). Last year I was tardy in getting my order in to the CGS so didnt get many of my first choices and the result was some plants I would probably not have ordered but one or two pleasant surprises such as my Silk Trees which I wrote about a while back. So this year I was hot of the mark and got my orders in as quickly as possible
The problem is that as a fairly inexperienced plants person I dont know what most of the plants listed are or look like so I have to resort to going through seed catalogues and looking on the net. By the nature of the beast the seeds donated sometimes come from the more unusual plants so dont feature in the everyday seed catalogues which is good but it is also hard to find out about them.
So there was much excitement when my two packages arrived – in both cases I received nearly all my first choices. As I received the RHS A-Z of Plants for Christmas I have been painstakingly look at my haul and making a not of growing conditions etc. Surprisingly there were still a few that didnt appear in this tome so I will have to do some trawling of the internet. So what did I get? Well – from the CGS I received 23 packets of seed for £4.00 (15 packets plus 8 further packets for donating seed of more than 5 varieties). This is what I have: Alliara petidata (Garlic Mustard), Anaphalis margaritacea, Anemone rivularis, Anthericum lilago (St Bernards Lily), Asphodeline lutea, Belamcanda chinensis, Brachyscombe iberidifolia (Swan River Daisy), Catanache caerulea, Cephalaria gigantea, Chimonanthus praecox, Cortusa, Digitialis viridiflora, Eupatorium purpureum, Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’, Morina longifloia, Ornithogalum pyramidale, Podophyllum, Rudbeckia laciniata, Salvia nemorose, Scutellaria altissima, Susyrinchium striatum, Thalictum aquilegifolium, Verbascum blattaria, Viburnum opulus.
Anthericum liliago (St Bernards Lily)
From the Hardy Plant Society I received 20 packets for £5.00: Cedronella canariensis, Calamintha nepeta, Bouteloua gracillis (Mosquito Grass), Arthropodium candidum, Agastache mexicana, Anthriscus sylvestrius, Angelica gigas, Celmisia semicordata, Verebena hasta, Thalictrum flavum, Salvia glutinosa, Primula pulverulenta, Lobelia tupa, Polemonium caeruleum, Doronicum pardalianches, Dictamnus albus, Cephalaria gigantea, Nonea lutea, Sporobolus heterolepsis, Melanoselinum decipiens.
So thats 43 packets of seed – if only one of each grew I would be struggling to find homes for them- oops! I have told myself sternly that I’m not allowed to buy anymore packets of seed of ornamentals this spring, after all I still have some packets left over from last year!!!! However, I have started to look at the edibles yet !!!!!
There is at least one duplication the Gaint Scabious. Naturally there is a Rudbeckia and as ever there is a Digitalis and Primula. I dont think I have shared my growing passion for Primulas and Digitalis yet on this blog but if you thought I was mad about Rudbeckias……!!!!
Boringly this week last year I was also writing about my seeds arriving – maybe therapy is the way forward.
NB: the photos on this post arent mine but have been taken from Google Images hopefully I will be able to post some similar in the next year or so.