2011年5月20日金曜日

the friendship garden



There's no such thing as a 'Brenda lantern' flower or veg. So what am I growing?

Well, Brenda had some amazing multicoloured pink and white flowers in her garden. And she saved some seed and gave them to me. Neither of us knew what they were called though so of course I didn't know how or when to sow them. To be on the safe side I waited till it was quite warm and then planted them in seed raising pots in the really good seed growing soil. With that much love and care they gotta do their thing, right??

The lantern part of the label is because in the other half of the seed raising tray I planted some seeds from orange paper lanterny looking flowers (I am not the go to person for plant names obviously!) one of my students gave to me. We also saved seeds from the snapdragons A sent us last year and while it is a very small crop this year we are excited that the second generation is on their way- Amy has her pincer fingers ready and waiting to make them snap!

The primroses that winged their way from Vicky in Hokkaido did splendidly this year- probably thought they were in Okinawa- even with our cold weather! and I have already split the biggest clumps and passed some on to neighbour A.

I love sharing seeds and seedlings with friends. Just like sharing baking only the results last much longer. And you get to remember your friends every time you walk past the garden. Thank you friends!

2 件のコメント:

Melanie さんのコメント...

really silly question but how to you get the seeds from flowers....?

thefukases さんのコメント...

Not silly! It depends on the flower.

Morning glory, sweet peas, salvia etc with very big seeds in seed pods you can just wait till the seed pods turn brown and take the whole thing off.

Cosmos, daisies marigolds etc the flower withers, the petals fall off and the centre of the flower goes brown. The seeds are long and skinny and inside this brown bit. Again just pull off the whole thing.

I store all the seeds in paper bags (no humidity like with plastic bags) in the genkan until the next Spring. You *can* seed immediately in summer/ autumn but I like to give them a fighting chance by wintering them inside.

To sow just pull open the seed pod/ pull the seeds out of the daisy heads and sprinkle on the ground. I sprinkle over some seed raising soil mostly just so I know where I sowed them!!

HTH!