Six on Saturday: Seedy Saturday

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.

  1. Seeds

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.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Good to see your pulmonaria in flower! They are a very welcome change of colour from the snowdrops and daffodils. I am going to cut back my autumn raspberries and my penstemons this week. The dwarf penstemon I bought last summer looks a bit sorry for itself so perhaps a short back and sides will cheer it up!

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  2. I am glad you are returning to Charleston Farmhouse! If I lived in the UK I would want to volunteer at that garden…..I loved your pulmonaria…..I can’t decide which I like better, the leaves or the color of the flowers!

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    1. It is a lovely addition to the garden at this time of year. There’s also a beautiful white pulmonaria called ‘Sissinghurst’ keeping up the Bloomsbury connection.


  3. PS I also like the thought of Seedy Saturday and I see you got seeds from Rodmell too! Monks House is my favorite garden and home in the UK!

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    1. It’s wonderful isn’t it? Rodmell is just down the road from us.


  4. Hi Ciar – love your nod to Wordsworth! No daffs are up in my garden yet. I like them to be fashionably late though! Well done at the seed swap – it sounds like a terrific event and you’ve chosen some great varieties.

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    1. Thanks – they were chosen at speed as I was in a hurry!


  5. fredgardener says:

    I do liked the brick wall of pic 3 with the pot on it. With the daff in front, it gives a nice effect, and it will be even better when they arrive all (soon I’m pretty sure).
    I didn’t know that tomato ( Padma) : looks like Gardener’s Delight but more elongated, isn’t it ?

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    1. I think it is meant to be a very easy to grow variety which should be ok in a sunny spot outside.

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  6. Really like that lonely daffodil in amongst the snowdrops!

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  7. March Picker says:

    The height of that daff — definitely looks like a King Alfred. Your seed haul sounds excellent, and now the fun begins. I’m a sucker for the first pulmonaria blooms.

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Back when we grew hellebores, clients bought ‘anything’ we made available. We had only a few stock plants for division, but they tossed many seed that germinated and were dug and canned. No matter how much I stressed that the seed grown plants were genetically variable, landscapers bought as many as they could get. I still do not understand the allure. They do not do well here. I would not have grown them if someone else would have grown them instead. They are so much prettier in other gardens in other regions.

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  9. cavershamjj says:

    I now have some daffs out too, just your basic yellow. The fancier ones are beginning to poke through though. I am partial to a helenium too, I have plenty of autumnale and just one sahins early. I got it at a plant fair last year so hopefully it will bulk up. Oh wait, I also have 10 small s.e.f. plants I bought wholesale. They are still dormant, will plant out in a few weeks.


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