It's perfect weather for collecting my own seed this week - dry for several days now.
The seedheads on many easy to grow cut flowers are beginning to mature now & when dry, store well. This Orlaya, a favourite white umbellifer-shape flower is one I always collect. If the seed isn't really fresh, germination can be poor.
But from my own seed, well used to growing conditions here in Scotland, I get good results. Each individual seed is like a little hedgehog (it splits in 2 along those cracks you see opening?) covered in hard bristles. It catches on anything that brushes past (my leggings, dog coats...) explaining why it can pop up in surprising places.
But it's a 'good' weed to have!
I'll sow some this week (that's what I mean by really fresh) for a light, airy froth of flowers in weddings next May & early June. Then another batch or 2 will be sown next Spring.
Like everything, seed is shooting up in price so why not have a look around your patch & see what seeds you could collect for free? No chemicals, no air miles to transport long distance - just fresh seed for you, & perhaps to swap with friends.
And a little beauty in your garden to look forward to in 2023...
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Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Artisan Florist & Cut Flower Farmer near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland. Using 100% Flowers & Foliage grown in British Isles, all year round.