Garden it Forward–Seed Giveaway #1

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)

Baptisia australis or False Indigo

Baptisia australis or False Indigo

baptisia australis-missouri botanical garden

courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden

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)

Baptisia australis seed

Baptisia australis seed

Baptisia australis seed pod

Baptisia australis seed pod

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St. Johns Wort (packet contains 20-25 seeds)

courtesy of Missouri Botanical garden

courtesy of Missouri Botanical garden

St. Johns Wort seedpods

St. Johns Wort seed pods

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.

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Asclepias tuberosa (packet contains 20-25 seeds)

Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias seed

Asclepias seed

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!

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And last but not least,

Oenothera biennis or Common Evening Primrose (packet contains 50-100 seeds)

Oenothera biennis

Oenothera biennis (photo from internet)

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**

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About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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41 Responses to Garden it Forward–Seed Giveaway #1

  1. Beth Cawein says:

    i would love a packet of asclepias and of st. john’s wort. I think it’s wonderful you are sharing your seeds.

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  2. lexifiles says:

    Me too please…

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  3. lexifiles says:

    Me too please ……and thank you!

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  4. C. Thompson says:

    oh my how nice of you to do this . I would like some of the st johns wart seeds . thanks

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  5. Jennifer says:

    Hello! Graet to hear from someone gardening close to Oklahoma! I would love to have some of all three! Thanks so much! I will get you a SASE in the mail!

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  6. I also have donate lots of plant seeds I collected last year for charity fund raising. I am sure a lot of gardeners really enjoy and appreciate seed exchange or sharing. May this world is more beautiful!

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  7. HOW DO I GET INTO THE FREE SEED DEAL TRYING TO GET STARTED

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    • Just send a self addressed stamped (which the price went up today on stamps) to Brenda Embry PO Box 149 Hindsville, AR 72738. I can mail 4 seed packets with one reg. postage stamp. Also, check back on the blog Wednesday and I have some more annuals I will be giving away. Thanks for visiting my blog! Brenda

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  9. jena says:

    Hi I would love any seeds youncould send thank you 679 w Ashcroft ave Clovis ca 93612 for Jena ambers

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    • 4 packets of seed is just one stamp. Any more than that and it becomes a “package” and the postage is $2.15. So just send a self addressed stamped envelope to: Brenda Embry po box 149 Hindsville, ar 72738 and I will get those out to you. Thanks for visiting my blog!
      Brenda

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  10. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s awesome that you are sharing seeds with others especially like myself that are just starting out. I would greatly appreciate 1 packet each of Red Burgundy Okra(never seen that before), Mexico Midget Cherry Tom, and of course Yellow Watermelon. Please let me know if you still have them before i send out a SASE, my email is lodilapp@gmail.com

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  11. Ryan Lapp says:

    Thats awesome that you are willing to share seeds with people and you have three things that i dont if possible could I get 1 packet of Red Burgundy Okra(never seen it red) and 1 packet of Mexico Midget Cherry Tom, and 1 packet of Yellow Watermelon. If you still have them just email me and let me know, I don’t want to send out a SASE for nothing My email is lodilapp@gmail.com Thanks so much again your awesome

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  12. amanda tomas says:

    i would like any seeds you may have left if you still have any

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  13. sheila miller says:

    Are there any seeds left at all from this initial giveaway??? If so, please let me know and I will get my envelp in the mail! Thanks for being so generous!

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    • Yes I have several of these seeds left as well as some seeds from the second giveaway. I can put 4 packets of seeds in a standard envelope with one stamp. If you want several packets of seeds, a padded 5×7 envelope costs about $3.00 to mail. I’m just asking to send the envelope already stamped and addressed to the address listed.
      Thanks for visiting my blog! Brenda

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  14. judith shea says:

    hi,thank you for offering wonderful flower seeds,it just a beauitful array of flowers in your garden. flowers have a way,of coloring the worid. judith

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  15. Misty says:

    What do you have left in this giveaway?

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  16. Anonymous says:

    If you have any seeds left, I would love to put them to good use!

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  17. judith shea says:

    I’m still waiting on my seeds.I love color in my garden.
    Thank you
    Judith Shea

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  18. Deedee says:

    Have you started collecting fall seeds again? I would love some of whatever you have if you are still giving them away. My grandfather from NYC taught me to love gardening. He came to our house many weekends and also grew things in his apartment. Spread the love of gardening.

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