Thanks to all for the overwhelming response to this year’s seed-sharing spree. The offer is now closed and the seeds are divided up: 1233 packets on their way to 147 seed-crazy gardeners in 6 countries. It was terrific to see so many familiar names among the participants and a joy to meet others for the first time. As of late last night (Monday, November 30), I’ve sent emails to everyone whose seeds have already been mailed. A few SASEs have not yet arrived:
If you requested seeds and didn’t get an email from me with the mailing information, please leave a comment here and then check back for my response. If you did get the mailing info, it would be super if you could send out the SASE (or stamps) by December 4. I’m really looking forward to getting the seed stuff put away and reclaiming my office.
Overall, interest was pretty evenly spread among the various kinds of seeds. Natives were particularly popular–especially winecups (Callirhoe involucrata) and the four clematis species–but even folks who selected mostly natives were still tempted by other seeds.
As you saw at the top of this post, the most popular seed this year was ‘Lauren’s Grape’ poppy (Papaver), with 26 requests. Tied for second place, with 23 requests each, were ‘Golden Jubilee’ anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) and ‘Mega Punk’ spike celosia (Celosia spicata).
Other popular picks were ‘All Gold’ lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia), and Sanguisorba armena, all with 20 requests, and black-leaved cotton (Gossypium herbaceum ‘Nigrum’) and purple Japanese burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Purpurea’), both with 19 requests.
The least popular–with no requests at all– were bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa), eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), Job’s tears (Coix lacryma-jobi), and variegated self-heal (Prunella vulgaris ‘Variegata’). I was a little surprised that the last one was overlooked, even by folks who normally zero in on weird weeds or anything variegated, but no matter: I’ve scattered the seeds back in my garden to enjoy the eye-catching leaves in new spots and will work on getting some flattering photos of it next year.
I found it especially interesting that so many of you were willing to try the “ex” seeds: those that will possibly or probably produce variable seedlings, such as Astrantia major ex spring yellow (which may or may not have pale yellow leaves at the start of the growing season); Dahlia ex ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ and ex ‘Dracula’ (which will likely have dark leaves and a range of flower colors); Lobelia cardinalis ex ‘New Moon Maroon’ (which may or may not have dark leaves); and Sanguisorba tenuifolia ex compact form of ‘Purpurea’ (which may or may not produce compact seedlings).
Thanks again to everyone who participated this year, and my best wishes for success with whichever seeds you received. One suggestion, especially for those of you who are somewhat new to seed-starting: Before tossing the packets in your seed box for sowing next spring, take a few minutes now to check your favorite germination resources, or those listed at the end of the giveaway post, to make sure that they don’t want to be stored in the refrigerator or sown sooner, either indoors or outside. Good luck to all!