to receive, send or swap seeds with fellow on-line gardeners as I have done recently.
A couple of weeks ago I sent Twitter friend Shelagh various flower and vegetable seeds and in return she sent me some flower seeds. They were Gaillardia aristata Arizona Apricot, Heliopsis hehianthoides Summer Nights and Scabiosa caucasica Clive Greaves all of which I’d asked for along with some Cosmos suphureus Diablo. The first three are perennials and I will start some off at home on the windowsill as well as sowing direct. One bonus is that they’re all attractive to bees and butterflies.
I found Janet/Plantalicious’s recent blog post In praise of Oca really interesting. I like the look of the foliage and flowers, and the tubers sound like something I would be happy to eat so I took her up on her kind offer to send me a few. I received a handful, along with growing instructions and a nice card. They won’t get planted out until May because unlike potato foliage it doesn’t regrow if it gets frosted. I look forward to seeing how they do, and what they taste like.
I’m not the only person who has been delighted with the generosity of fellow on-line gardeners. Annabelle, a keen new allotment gardener, did this Thank you… post over on her blog Life on No.27 recently.
Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!