Save the Seeds

No, this is not going to be a rant against Monsanto.  I won’t even go there.

I am sharing my methods for saving seeds of annuals, biennials and perennials.

I do this to have more plants, keep “heirloom” plants going, share seeds, and avoid buying annuals’ seeds every year.

I will demonstrate with some poppies that were given to me by a dear, artist friend, Bill Troutman.

He is no longer around, but every spring these poppies take my breath away with their beauty.

Bloom and Pod
Bloom and Pod


Poppy Pods

Once the pods are brown, the holes around the crown will open. Shake some seeds out onto a piece of paper with the name of the flower written on it. This labels the inside of the seed packet.  I do this to avoid that “What is This?” issue if I forget to write the name on the outside of the folded paper.

I do this on a box lid to avoid losing seeds in the process. I have multiple sheets of paper in it, so I can walk around the yard collecting different seeds at the same time. It’s also handy for carrying the roll of tape and the marker.

Folded paper with name of seeds.
Folded paper with name of seeds.

Then fold up the paper and tape it up. Then write the name again on the outside.

Labeled seed pack.
Labeled seed pack.

I sow these poppy seeds in November.

Some other seeds I save in June are foxglove and columbine.

Columbine pods and seeds
Columbine pods and seeds
Tiny Foxglove seeds. Don't sneeze.
Tiny Foxglove seeds. Don’t sneeze.

Now,  share some seeds with your gardening friends.

They make great hostess gifts for garden parties. Just add a photo and bow and wah lah!!!   Future flowers.

Follow the Flower!

2 thoughts on “Save the Seeds

  1. I forwarded a link for this week’s entry to Mary Ann, Uncle Bill’s daughter. I know she will enjoy reading about her Dad’s poppies!


  2. Thank you so much Joyce. I consider “pass along plants” a living legacy. I will be posting on several others in the future. Stay posted and thanks for following my blog and passing it along. Follow the Flower!


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