Better to Give
Earlier this summer, I said that I was going to list all of my seeds in my Etsy shop this fall instead of tackling a big giveaway. I managed to get the containers book done almost a week early, though, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate before diving into the next one than indulging in some seed-sharing, even if it’s on a somewhat smaller scale. This time, I’ve also come up with something for those of you who don’t “do” seeds.
It’s still early in the collecting season, and I don’t have a huge amount of seeds yet, but I should be able to send at least one packet per person. I encourage you to give me several alternate seed picks too, in case your first one isn’t available or I’m able to send more than one. This offer is open only though Friday, September 5, 2014. (I’ll be donating any of these that are left, as well as my later-ripening seeds, to the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group’s Seed Exchange. It’s not too late to join HPS/MAG if you’d like to get access to their seed list this winter.)
I’ll fill requests in the order that I receive them, so the quicker you can get yours to me, the better your odds of getting your first choice. I’ll cover the postage this time; all you need to do is email me at email@example.com with your request and your mailing address. I’m aiming to confirm all requests within 24 hours and fill them by September 7th, which means that you should get yours by mid- to late September.
Here’s the list, followed by a picture gallery of the offerings. (Clicking on any of the images should give you a slideshow of larger versions.) I’ll let you have the fun of searching the web for more complete descriptions and germination information.
- Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ (cow parsley). White flowers; near-black foliage. Perennial.
- Aquilegia x hybrida ‘Black Barlow’ (columbine). Near-black flowers. Perennial.
- Astrantia major (masterwort). Pale pink flowers. Collected from a plant that has creamy yellow foliage in spring; not sure if these seeds will carry the same trait, but I’m guessing that they will. Perennial.
- Borago officinalis ‘Bill Archer’ (borage). Blue flower; white-variegated leaves. Annual. Small quantity.
- Bupleurum rotundifolium (thorough-wax, hare’s ear). Yellow flowers. Annual.
- Ceratotheca triloba ‘Alba’ (white South African foxglove). White flowers. Annual.
- Commelina communis f. aureostriata (variegated dayflower). Blue flowers; white-striped foliage. Annual.
- Datisca cannabina (false hemp). Greenish flowers, dioecious; pinnate foliage. Shrub.
- Emilia javanica ‘Irish Poet’ (tassel flower). Orange flowers. Annual.
- Fritillaria meleagris (checkered lily). Reddish purple or white flowers. Hardy bulb.
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ (wild geranium). Pink flowers; chocolate-brown foliage. Perennial. None left; sorry!
- Helleborus x hybridus Hayefield Hybrids (Lenten rose). Mixed colors and flower forms. Perennial.
- Isatis tinctoria (dyer’s woad). Yellow flowers. Biennial or perennial.
- Lathyrus sativus (grass pea). Blue flowers. Annual vine.
- Lathyrus tingitanus (Tangier pea). Pink flowers. Annual vine.
- Lavatera trimestris (annual mallow). Large pink flowers. Annual.
- Nicotiana suaveolens. Tiny white flowers. Annual.
- Nigella damascena ‘Cramers’ Plum’ (love-in-a-mist). White flowers; reddish purple pods. Annual.
- Orlaya grandiflora (white lace flower). White flowers. Annual.
- Papaver ‘Lauren’s Grape’ (poppy). Pinkish purple, single flowers. Annual.
- Papaver ‘Swansdown’ (poppy). Very double, frilly white flowers. Annual.
- Petunia exserta. Red flowers. Annual.
- Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Penndragon’ (pole bean). Purple-striped green pods great for fresh eating; found here at Hayefield. Edible annual.
- Phaseolus vulgaris ‘True Red Cranberry’ (pole bean). Large, cranberry-colored seeds for use as a dry bean. Edible annual.
- Sanguisorba armena (burnet). White flowers; blue foliage. Perennial.
- Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Alba’ (white Japanese burnet). White flowers. Perennial.
- Smyrnium perfoliatum (perfoliate Alexanders). Yellow flowers. Monocarpic perennial.
- Tinantia erecta (widow’s tears). Pink flowers. Annual.
- Tagetes patula ‘Moldova’ (marigold). Red, orange, and yellow flowers. Annual.
- Vigna unguiculata ‘Pretzel Bean’ (cowpea). Curiously curled pods. Edible or ornamental annual.
- Zea mays ‘Field of Dreams’ (corn). Green foliage striped with white and pink. Annual.
- Zea mays ‘Glass Gem’ (‘Glass Gem’ flint corn). Multicolored kernels. Annual.
Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’
Aquilegia x hybrida ‘Black Barlow’
Borago officinalis ‘Bill Archer’
Ceratotheca triloba ‘Alba’
Commelina communis f. aureostriata
Emilia javanica ‘Irish Poet’
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’
Helleborus x hybridus Hayefield Hybrids
Nigella damascena ‘Cramers’ Plum’
Papaver ‘Lauren’s Grape’
Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Penndragon’
Phaseolus vulgaris ‘True Red Cranberry’
Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Alba’
Tagetes patula ‘Moldova’
Vigna unguiculata ‘Pretzel Bean’
Zea mays ‘Field of Dreams’
Zea mays ‘Glass Gem’
Two Other Options
Don’t see anything of interest seed-wise? I’ve made the Kindle version of Tried and True Perennials available for free from September 1 through September 5th. You can find it at Tried and True Perennials. You don’t have to own a Kindle device to read it; on the book’s Amazon page, look for the “Free Kindle Reading App” feature on the right margin to download the app for your smartphone or tablet or read the book right in your computer’s browser. I have to admit that it has only half of the photos of the print version, and they’re at a lower resolution than I’d like, but hey, it’s free.
And/or, you can get 50 percent off of Hayefield notecards on Etsy with the coupon code SEPT2014 (U.S. shipping only), from September 1 through September 5th.
I hope you’ll find one or more of these offerings of interest: my way of thanking you for taking the time to visit and read!