Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Seed harvesting - giveaway
I am beginning to harvest seed from the garden and I am bound to get far more than I can use. It would make more sense to give away some of the seeds - particularly those which germinate best from fresh seeds.
I shall have the following varieties
1. Sweet william "sooty" - this is a deep purple/black sweet william with a good clove scent. It is a short lived perennial - it flowers in its second year, then gets better and better for about 4 years before collapsing - the foliage is attractive - green and purple neat mounds and is there right though the winter.
2. Daucus dara - a relative of the carrot, this has been bred by the cut flower industry to have reddish flowers - the plants are annuals but self sow readily in my soil. The flowers are pictured above, as you can see the redness of the flowers varies, which I think is nicer - the flowers are interesting, they begin flat, then hump in the middle as they mature before turning back the other way after polination.
3. Poppy "Black Paeony" - I mentioned this on an earlier post - it is a black opium poppy with a mix of single and double flowers which give way to beautiful glaucous seedheads.
Let me know what you want and the address. If you are unhappy about getting something for nothing I am happy to accept donations for the Tullochan Trust, the charity we support http://www.tullochan.co.uk.