|What's in those bags?!|
Let's get a closer look.
Now you know why I was smiling. Those bags are full of seed heads. I don't know where she got them as she doesn't have a garden of her own. And I don't know what they are either as this is how they were labeled.
I had a good laugh when I read that. My mother does the same thing. She often gives me seeds or cuttings and when I ask what they are she'll say "oh, you know, those red things that Mary has in her garden, they're really pretty, take them". There are gardeners who have no use for labels. I can understand that. They tend to get lost in the dirt or otherwise go missing. Or the nursery labeled the plant wrong to start with. Or those scientific folk decide to move a flower from one genus to another. Sometimes it's good to let go of our tendency to want to divide everything into different boxes and just say, hey that's a pretty yellow bushy flower.
That said, I am curious. Mother in law lives in Montana, which is a USDA garden zone 4 so hopefully these seeds will grow in my Canadian zone 5 garden. Let's take a closer look shall we.
These seed heads were labeled yellow gold magenta flower. Guesses?
I KNOW!! I KNOW!!
These are echinacea. I'm thrilled as I'm intending to work on the wildflower meadow in coming years and these seeds will be a wonderful addition.
The seed head above was marked small red flower with white center. I have a guess as to what these might be - possibly sweet william - but has anyone else got some thoughts on this?
I didn't get a photo of the yellow bushy flowers as they were quite small and delicate but I have a feeling it may be potentilla.
The last pack of seeds contained these.
The envelope was marked yellow trumpet flower seeds. These pods are thick and hard like a bean but the seeds are like small light flakes. They make me think of a lily but I don't know of any lilies that produce a seed like this. I'd love to hear some guesses if you got them.