Sunday, 4 March 2012

A symphony of seeds

This rain is putting a damper on my plans to get digging in the garden so today I've opted for sowing seeds indoors. Especially as yesterday I popped in to the Lostwithiel seed swapping event and came away with various bargains.  I swapped some beetroot, sweetcorn, tomato and mixed leaf salad seeds for leek (Autumn Neptune), pak choi, cabbage (Cabez Negra 2), Alyssum maritimum (Easter Bonnet Pastel Mixture) and a strange packet labelled 'non-anonymous mixture'.  This last one was so intriguing I just had to have it. On opening it I discovered a pack of assorted seeds accompanied with a list of contents.....34 different varieties to be exact. Are you ready for this?  Ok, so here's the list:

Aronia arbutifolia
Arthropodium cirrhatum
Asarum hartwegii
Baptisia tinctoria
Celtis edulis
Clematis cirrhosa
Cosmos, yellow-flowered ex Rhodes
Dendropanax arboreus
Diospyros cathayensis
Ennealophus fimbriatus
eranthis 'Orange Glow'
Eranthis 'Schwefel glanz'
Hibiscus syriacus 'Woodbridge'
Hosta 'Fire and Ice
Hypericum olympicum
Jeffersonia dubia
Kalopanax septemlobus maximowiczii
Lachenalia obscura
Liatris platylepis
Lythrum salicaria 'Robin'
Mahonia pallida
Malus toringoides
Muscari white ex Eastern Turkey
Pulmoniaria longifolia
Salvia hierosolymitana
Scabiosa argentea
Scilla tubergeniana
Scutellaria albida
Serratula coronata
Sternbergia sicula graeca
Tulbaghia simmleri
Tulipa, large-flowered varieties
Verbascum blatteria var. album
Veronica orchidea

Some list huh? I've no idea how I'm supposed to know which seed is which... that's the fun part.  I'll sow them into seed trays and see what comes up.  One day, I'll know what I've grown. In the meantime, it's time to get on to Google and research most of the plants on the list.  I have such a limited knowledge of garden plants that I don't even know what some of these look like............time to put the kettle on!

A small selection of the seeds from my treasure trove


Shaheen said...

Thank you so much for your warm and welcoming comments on my blog, they really have all been appreciatd. Yes, I will post some pictures of the garden when it stops raining. I am planning to sow some seeds today thouh, that is bringing a smile to my face.

Yes, your right about that long list, its making me dizzy just reading it. Looking forward to comparing growing notes once again - YIPEE

Sensory Dragon said...

I think the whole country's had rain today! It's finally stopped in Cornwall. Let's make today National Seed Sowing Day! I'll be opening some packets myself later. Have slowly been identifying the plants on the list, but more about that in a later post...much later! enjoy your seed-sowing session.