Fresh seed always gives the best results - Always.
Given the right conditions, seed wants to grow & germination rates are higher.
This is particularly true of some of the trickier to germinate seeds such as Orlaya, Molucella (Bells of Ireland) & Bupleurum.
These seem to self-sow where they like happily but can be difficult when started from a seed packet! So I keep an eye open for seed pods on my favourite plants as they begin to mature, ready to catch seed in an old envelope. I sow where I want them later.
This morning I spotted these seedpods on the Snakeshead Frittilaries (Fritillaria Meleagris) & couldn't resist harvesting some. I'll scatter them across a new area & fingers crossed, in a few years they'll have grown into new plants, flowering happily in Springtime.
In the coming months many plants will develop seed - I'll be gathering plenty to increase my stock. What could be better than lots of plants for free?
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.