We are all familiar with the phrase “pay it forward”.
Fellow blogger Carol from May Dream Gardens has deemed this a year to “garden it forward” and has encouraged all gardeners to share plants, seeds and knowledge to anyone interested.
As an avid seed saver, I would like to contribute to this spirit by giving away some seeds I have collected and saved from the fall. All of my seeds are free from any pesticides and come from my healthiest plants. I have a good selection of native plants which are very disease resistant and require very little attention once they are established. They get a good top coat of compost in the spring and that’s it. These are seeds I will replant this spring—only the best for my blogger friends!
There will probably be a couple more giveaways in the weeks to come, but I wanted you to have these perennial seeds first as they need to be potted and under some light or in the ground (depending on where you live) very soon. Also, keep in mind that perennials will grow a little the first year, a little more the second year and usually are in peak form by the third year. Just remember the adage–the 1st year they sleep, the 2nd year they creep, and the 3rd year they leap. Patience is needed when starting perennials from seed but is also very rewarding.
This is how the giveaway will work. All I ask is that you comment on this post and let me know which seeds and how many packets you would like. It will be on a first come first serve basis. I will respond and let you know if it is still available and what the postage will be. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope with the postage required to: Brenda/the blonde gardener-P.O. Box 149 Hindsville, AR 72738 and I will send your seeds ASAP.
Here are the seeds I have for this giveaway:
Baptisia australis (packet contains 10-15 seeds)
This is a shrub that will get about 3 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide once established. It does best in full sun and blooms in the spring. In the summer, the seed pods are clustered together and when shaken they sound like a rattle. These are the seeds you can collect and save for next year! (And they also look great in flower arrangements)
St. Johns Wort (packet contains 20-25 seeds)
St. Johns Wort has beautiful yellow flowers from spring till fall. This shrub gets about 2-3 ft. tall and 2′ wide once established. Mine is in a site that gets afternoon shade in my zone 6b-7 garden. It is also very drought tolerant.
Asclepias tuberosa (packet contains 20-25 seeds)
For those following this blog, you know this is one of my favorite flowers. I have some plants in full sun and some in afternoon shade. Tuberosa gets about 2-3 ft. tall and about 2′ wide for me in about 2 years. It is very drought tolerant and does not like to be moved around so plant it where you want it. Asclepias is also the only food source for monarch butterflies. Butterflies and bees love this flower, and monarchs will lay their eggs on it, so this is an all-purpose flower to have!
And last but not least,
Oenothera biennis or Common Evening Primrose (packet contains 50-100 seeds)
This flower does not grow very wide–mainly up. Mine is about 3 ft. tall but I am told could grow 6-7 ft. so plan appropriately. It likes sun, although I have mine in an area with afternoon shade. It blooms all summer and into fall and the flowers open up at dusk, making your evening walk memorable when you see this happen.
I will enclose directions for germination but, for a good reference on germination of seeds and the range they usually grow, check out Prairie Moon Nursery at www.prairiemoon.com. They have a wealth of information on growing plants from seed.
***Please note–This event has expired**