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Viewing Pippi21's Garden Diary: The thrill of learning how to collect seeds from a plant your grow yourself
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Hope this is not a duplicate posting. I figured out how to collect the seeds from the Rose campion plant on my own after people explained the method. Didn't sink in when I read it, but in a few days, I noticed that the seed pods were beginning to turn a different color..like they were drying up and there seemed to be a hole in top of pod. Got a paper bowl out of garage cabinet and turned the dried pods upside down and out came all these small seeds. Yeh! Better late than never. Each day I have been removing some of the dried pods and gathering more seeds. This morning after I watered all the flowerbeds, and patio containers, I cut that rose campion plant back to the ground. I will probably dig it up one day next week, maybe Tuesday. Cut back some of the dried foliage from the daffs, pulled up Patty's Plumb poppy foliage that was dried. I think I'll just stick to the red poppies next year but who knows, I may change my mind when it comes to WS time 2012.
I'm going to order some short version shasta seeds and while I'm digging up the rose campion plant, I'll dig up the existing Snow Lady shasta daisies that have finished blooming and try to divide and transplant it and move it closer to front of border since it only gets 12-15 inches tall. Cut back the foliage of the oriental poppy and I'm sure there is more that needs to be done, which will allow me to see where there is blank space to transplant the daisies. Need to dig up the Emerald Blue creeping phlox and try to split it and replant it. The black eye susans are about ready to bloom.