Winter Inside Shopping

What are your favorite indoor winter activities?  Most of us are now spending a lot more time inside because of Covid.  Those who work outside the home are out and about more than us retirees.

Maybe you paint, draw, play the piano.  If you’re a gardener, you probably also browse plant and seed catalogs.  I prefer the hard copy editions, but will also shop online.

I used to consider buying seeds more for those with vegetable gardens.  Of course, I’d planted Zinna seeds – very easy success.  But a few years ago I bought some wildflower seeds from a Texas company – Native American Seed.  Check out https://www.seedsource.com

Boy, was I glad I did.  Since seeds are so much cheaper than buying plants, it is less expensive to try something you’ve never grown before.

This American Basket Flower is a perfect example of that.  It survived equally well out in the field and in the yard.  So water conditions are pretty forgiving with this wildflower.  And it has returned for several years naturally from windblown seeds.  Love it.

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I have also purchased wildflower seeds from Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg.

Red Corn Poppies are such a beautiful sight in their fields in the spring.  I only tried them in a field and got a few and only one or two have come up each year from seed.  I’m guessing they need more water.  Fredericksburg gets more rainfall than we do.  So I need to try them in the yard.

Most Texas wildflowers seeds need to be sown in October.  But there are lots of flower seeds to plant after the last frost.

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Recently, I was searching online for some specific seeds and discovered some other companies.  First, I found Blue Love in a Mist at Country Creek LLC.

I’m really excited to try Blue Love in a Mist (Nigella damascena) in my yard.  I know they’re successful south of here.  My hope is that they reseed well.

It’s best to follow the planting instructions on the package.  But a good rule of thumb is that most seeds flowers should not be buried, but lightly pressed into the soil.  The smaller the seed, the less pressure.

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Toothache Plant (Acmella oleracea)

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Cerinthe

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Missouri has some interesting choices.  Their seeds are in regular size seed packages and cost about what you’d pay in a local store for that size package.

Blue Cornflower or Bachelor Button Seeds, Blue Cornflower, Bachelor Button Seeds, Centaurea cyanus

Another seed I was searching for was Blue Cornflower.  I found them at Eden Brothers in S. C.  They will send a seed catalog, which I am now perusing.

Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate ‘Cerise Pearls’

I’ve also ordered from Select Seeds.  They specialize in old fashioned flowers as well as newer varieties.  Their catalog is full of gorgeous pictures.

So here we are, dreaming of spring and the gorgeous flowers that are available from seeds.  Can’t wait to plant them and see the results.

Happy seed shopping.

“Whatever you feed, grows.  Faith or Fear.  Worry or Confidence. Doubt or Belief.  It’s your choice what grows.”   unknown