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Hello Nutcutlet, I have a lot of hellebore and aquilgia seeds that I set last year and are all up, do you mean that the rest of the seeds are no good this year, should I throw those away and collect fresh later this year?


I think est sown fresh but people on this forum have talked about successful spring sowing. I sow my own seed fresh and bought seed around midwinter. I try to sow as nature does. When seeds are dropping I collect and sow.


Thats what I did last year, and they all germinated, I will cut the losses and collect fresh this year.


Good idea.  I'm hoping to collect from some really dark hellebores this year. and some little tight very dark aquilegias


The aquilegias I sowed were off a plant that my daughter call maroon, If it flowers this year, I will post a piccy.

Will the hellebores and aquilegias come true from collecting our own seeds.



They do tend to all mix up together and over time I weed out the dirty pinks. 

Hello Lyn My fuchsia arrived and are nicely potted on into small pots thank you, they are sitting on my window sill indoors

Might not be doing much seed swapping at min but not sown much yet too cold

May be we should do a plant or cutting swap more?

Pleased you liked them gardengirl.

Will have to take a photo when bit bigger Lyn to show all

Forum not sending me messages again even though tick on instant keeps doing that

May be we should do a photo seed swap of what seeds we have swapped growing?

As in take photos post on computer or updates of how seeds/plant/cuttings growing how well doing

That sounds a lovely idea garden girl.
The potty gardener

I'm AGAIN listing the seeds I still have and have added some more now that the mags are giving free seeds again. If you don't have anything to swap but fancy anything please just ask- it is such a waste otherwise.

1.French Marigold;    2.Sunflower- Giant single;      3. Nicotiana-Fragrant cloud;    4.Nicotinia- Alata 'Lime green';      6. Amaranthus-fat spike;          9. Ammi-graceland ;           10.MinaLobata- Spanish flag;        11.Calendula-pacific beauty mixed;                  13.Clarkia-elegans double delight;               14. Aster-spider chrysanthemum mixed;  

16.Shasta daisy- silver princess;      17Snake Gourd;             21.Cosmos- Purity;       22. Hollyhock- Giant Single Mixed;           23.Cosmos-Polidor Mixed;     24.Verbascum-Phoeniceum mixed;               28. Agastache- Apricot Sprite;                  29. Tomato- Gardener's Delight;

The ones I've got since I last posted

30. Schizanthus- Angel Wings Mixed;        31. Sunflower-Moonshine;        32. Aster- Milady Mixed;

I do hope someone wants these as it seems such a waste otherwise

Hi, Bev,

Can I have the Snake Gourds please, thought I had some seeds from last year but they must have been sown. Hopefully I'll have better luck with them this time around, not a single gourd last year.


Here is some photos of the seed swap so far the false sunflower coming up and varigated honesty


just starting to show


more seeds popping up they might end up less leggi than ones I sowed at same time.

I will be sowing more seed swap seed soon

Anyone else got the seed swap seeds sown?


hollie hock

Good to see the false sunflower coming up, have you put it in a large pot/container? Don't think I've got any sprouting through yet.


It is in a potato bag with left over compost from when I did the potatoes, may be bit warmer than in the ground


hollie hock

Good idea, the ground here is slowly defrosting after the snow, which I hope is the last. When the weather warms up a bit, willl open up the coldframes and have a look and see what I've got going from the seed  swop and take some pics

I got my free wild flower seeds, today, more than enough for 3 mts square I should think,.
Thank you for the link, well worth having.

Bev. Received my seeds yesterday. Thank you.

Oakley Witch

Hi Bev,

Any of these left?

3. Nicotiana-Fragrant  by Browse to Save" href=""cloud;  

6. Amaranthus-fat spike;

24.Verbascum-Phoeniceum mixed;

28. Agastache- Apricot Sprite;


I have been in the garden sowing a few seed swap seeds today and yesterday so wait to see when they come up

Have to wait a bit see if I get the wildflower seeds