More flower seeds

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.

Linaria maroccana ‘Fairy Bouquet’


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!


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30 Responses to More flower seeds

  1. cavershamjj says:

    Bonanza! As you say they’ll mostly be fine.

  2. Jo says:

    How lovely to have so many to look through and choose from, I’m sure they’ll still do fine even though they’re past their best before date.

  3. menhir1 says:

    Lots to think upon and much to plan. Would you try any of your donated seed packs in trays, or pots, before sowing on the plot next year?

    Have good holiday Mr F xxx

  4. Good choices to hold onto!

  5. Jade says:

    Nice to know you’d be growing more varieties of California Poppies. I quite like their simple flowers and even crafted them using fabrics.
    I think I will like Linaria maroccana ‘Fairy Bouquet’ too. Hope they would all germinate!
    Thanks and same to you!

  6. snowbird says:

    I do like your choices and I’m sure there will be many who will enjoy all those free

  7. Your choices sound good 🙂

    All the best Jan

  8. Liz says:

    I remember you posting a photo of a very late blooming California poppy this fall, so you’ve made a good choice there. The linaria looks pretty. You grew them in 2008. So, they’re back for an 11th anniversary!

  9. CJ says:

    Beautiful linaria. Well done on 10+ years of plotting, that’s a great milestone. CJ xx

  10. Carrie Gault says:

    Poppies are the best, love that you have so many different types – I look forward to seeing them provide weeks on end of joy xx

  11. Californian poppies are such fun. I must plant some this spring too! X

  12. Flowers, sunshine… bring it on.

  13. Chloris says:

    I love the linaria and I just looked up E. Ivory Castle and it’s a must-have.

  14. Caro says:

    How lovely to be thinking about next year’s flowers already. I grew Californian poppies this year and have a feeling there will be no need to resow come spring! I have Linaria purpurea which is a huge magnet for bees (also a prolific self seeder) so I assume that L.maroccana will be the same. Hope they germinate for you! x

  15. nikkipolani says:

    I wish linaria would reseed for me (like your pot marigolds seem to do), as they are such sweet blooms. Looks like they do for Caro! Enjoy them in the coming season.

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