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Thursday, June 30, 2011


My spring bloomers have lots of seedpods maturing.
Oriental Poppy

It's no secret I love growing plants from seed.

In fact, I get almost as much joy seeing seedpods as I do from seeing flowers.


I use a lot of different methods of sowing. I winter sow, I sow under plastic cloches, I direct sow, and I sow in my little portable greenhouses in late winter/early spring.

Pacific Coast iris

Seeds are such magical little packages.

Pink Lupine

Some seeds, especially those of spring ephemerals, need to be sowed very fresh, immediately after ripening.
Pink Dicentra formosa

White Dicentra formosa

Aquilegia formosa

Camassia quamash

Delphinium menziesii

I'm intrigued how much the Delphinium seedpods look like columbine. I figure they will ripen similarly.  When the pod starts to turn brown and split, I'll collect them in labeled plastic cups, open the pods all up so they spill into the cup, and let them dry for a bit.

Aquilegia 'Clementine Red'

Aquilegia 'Leprechaun Gold'

Even though the aquilegia seeds are open-pollinated, I've found that the variegation in  'Leprechaun Gold' comes true. I thought last year that I had collected all the seeds. 

But I must have missed lots. 

Because I have babies everywhere.

Watch my blog for a post when I offer to share seeds. I hope they all ripen properly, but I don't want to offer any prematurely. But once I have a good amount, I'll let you have some.


  1. You have a way of making everything so exciting, Alison! I have loved seeing all the different shapes and forms of your seed pods. As you say, they are almost as lovely as flowers. The first photo you shared here is really eye-catching!

  2. I've just started collecting seeds over the past couple of years. It's really fun to share them or start them in your own garden. I don't have too many seed pods yet though.

  3. This is always my favourite time when I grow plant from seeds as well. They return us back so many seeds. I was wondering can we collect ornamental poppy seeds for cooking as well?


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