Mimi has asked me to work up an orange garden this year, with a wide variety of shades and nuances of the colour orange. She calls me the other half of her orange - - how can I refuse her request, eh?
Please help me with trades of seeds, bulbs, roots, tubers of plants that flower in shades of orange.
I will be offering many species in this quest, beginning with the red flower Texas Star Hibiscus (H. coccineus) -aka- Swamp Mallow and/or Freckle Face Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinesis 'Freckle Face'), which blooms in orange.
Both species are perennials and fairly hardy to low temps if properly pruned back in mid-Fall and blanketed with at least 4" of mulch.
Texas Star may give up a bloom or two in the first year, depending on how moist you keep its well-draining bed. It will do very well in a big pot until it outgrows it. A photo of my TSH was selected as the bloom in the Dec. 18, 2012 Picture of the Day » http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/botd.php?date=2012-12-18. The seeds offered are from that very same TSH plant, harvested the 2nd week of that same month.
Blackberry lily waits until almost the end of the summer of its 2nd year to give up colour other than its green foliage. Thereafter, however, you will have a bloom and seed machine that produces from mid-June until the end of Fall. I harvested seeds for drying and storing from July through November.
The minimum number of seeds in a traded packet will be 36. Your choice of species. You can can have some of each.
Smaller count packets of the same species can be obtained by mailing an envelope with 2 forever stamps inside - - loose - - with a mailing label or note with your name and address written upon it. For non-trades, the offers are for packets of 12 seeds - - to accommodate folks who do not have anything orange to trade but who want seeds for these two outstanding plants. Please do not try to negotiate for more. Yes, if you what 6 of one and half a dozen of the other, I will fulfill such a request.
But their photo had more red-orange than orange in it.
I also have some commercial Zinnias left from Hazzard's 2010: 'Benary Giant' Orange
Misc trades from recent years, small qtys:
Orange Butterfly Milkweed from diamond 9192002
'Cosmic Orange' Cosmos from tcs1366 2010 HWPS
other orange Cosmos
African Marigold orange over 5' tall Wildflowers
Orange French Marigold
Marigold petite - orange from Risingcreek Comm 2011 eBay
Mexican Sunflower 'Torch' - Tithonia rotundifolia Botanical Interests 2010 year end sale
Let me know what you would like.
I don't have any Nasturtiums, but I have seen Nasturtiums expressing an entire "rainbow of oranges".
I don't really need seeds back in return, but if you do, I would ask for
Wild Petunia, Ruellia nudiflora or
Lions Ear, Leonotis leonurus or
Lions Tail, Leonotis menthifolia