I was given over sixty packets of flower seeds the weekend before last all of which are well past their sow by date. They were giveaways with various gardening magazines, such as Garden News, but are unopened and in foil packets so they should still be viable.
I’m keeping ten packets to use next year, and the rest I will take to the horticultural society trading shed in the New Year for the other stewards to look through and take any they want. The remainder will then be put on the counter for members to do likewise.
The ones I’ve kept include four packets of California Poppies – Carmine King, Ivory Castle, Red Chief and Sun Shades. Before sowing direct in the spring I’ll mix them all together along with a packet of Mixed that I’ve got. Like most of the annuals this year these did well through the early autumn rather than the summer. A few were still trying to flower earlier this month and, as you can see, the foliage is still looking good.
Two other packets I’m keeping to sow direct are Linaria Fairy Bouquet Mixed, which I’ve grown in the past but not in recent years.
These are from July 2008, which was my first full year on the plot.
Have a good weekend!