The annual Seedy Saturday seed swap event took place in our town last Saturday, but I am featuring some of the seeds I bought in this week’s six as they are now sitting in my seed drawer waiting to be sown.
I did a mad supermarket dash around the seed swap with only a tenner in my purse (I did not have any seeds of my own to swap, so I made donations for some seeds, some such as seed potatoes were paid for and others were free). I am quite pleased with my little haul.
As ever I am joining in with The Propagator and his followers from around the world, featuring six things from our garden each Saturday.
Here is what I got for my tenner (see also number 2): Arran Victory main crop seed potatoes, runner beans and broad beans, artichoke and pollinator mix – these were free from a lovely local sustainable landscape gardener, Darcey Bussell sweet peas, Red Turban squash, angelica, purple Honesty, Evening Primrose and Morning Glory.
2. Padma F1 tomato seeds
The Eastbourne branch of the United Nations Association was selling 40 seeds for £1 to raise money for its project to combat malnutrition in Eastern Uganda and offset carbon emissions by planting trees. I promised to let the charity’s representative know how I got on with growing these tomatoes, so watch this space.
3. The first daffodil
Blow the bugle, the first daffodil has arrived in our garden, wandering as lonely as a cloud amidst a host of snowdrops… wait a minute that’s not how the poem by Wordsworth goes. Anyway, it is very jolly to see it. I think it is one of the King Alfred’s Offspring I planted a couple of year’s ago.
4. Self-seeded hellebore
This is the first year that this self-seeded hellebore has flowered and it has really gone for it. Not sure where the pretty pale pink comes from, as we have a clump of maroon hellebores nearby but none this colour. Maybe it has adapted, or the seed blew in from a neighbour’s garden.
5. New Helenium shoots
I finally cut the Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ back this morning to discover some vigorous looking new growth which bodes well for this year’s flowers.
6. Charleston Pulmonaria
No sooner had the snow melted than I noticed these pretty pink and purple flowers had suddenly appeared on the Pulmonaria which comes from the garden at Charleston Farmhouse. I am going to start volunteering there again later this month after a break last autumn, and am looking forward to being back in the beautiful garden created by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and enjoyed by their friends in the Bloomsbury set.