"All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today"
To which I say thank goodness! because today, whilst still in the middle of June, temps are already hovering around the century mark and the air is so sodden you could suffocate.
|Drying seed heads ready for cleaning.|
I am just finishing a book by Mark Epstein, M.D., GOING TO PIECES WITHOUT FALLING APART, A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness (find it here), a book referenced in 10% HAPPIER, that I wrote about in a post on Mindfulness and Heuchera (here) (Yes, I too am fascinated with the whole Mindfulness phenom and the black hole of books and literature it opens up.)
|Columbine Seed Heads|
In it he writes:
"...beauty carries with it the seed of mourning over its eventual demise."
Quite clearly, we have reached this dried and crispy phase in the life cycle of many of my favorite late spring/early summer bloomers, like columbine, foxglove, and poppies. Time to harvest their tawny, hope-filled pods to plant this fall and share with others. As I said in the 4 YOUR GARDEN segment 'Saving and Sharing Seeds From Your Garden' (watch it here) last Friday, seed saving for these flowers is quite straightforward and intuitive, but if you are new to the practice, here are some tips for harvesting flower seeds for fall planting.
Foxglove seeds are extremely fine and abundant...
|Poppy seed heads come with their own built in seed shaker.|
STORING AND SHARING: Almost any receptacle that will stay dry and store easily will suffice. Large quantities put small glass jars to good use (I also save small silica packets to ensure that seeds stay dry for this purpose). Plastic zip lock snack bags, empty film canisters (OKAY, I am dating myself...), you know. But my packaging preference leans toward actual seed packets from Amazon (here) that can be purchased inexpensively, blank and in bulk for you own customization.
Rubber stamps, stickers, cards, dried petals, original artwork....Limited only by your imaginations! A fun summer project for kiddies ( I pinned this on my board 'When I Have Grandkids!' FOLLOW ME ON INTEREST HERE.
A wonderful way to celebrate the season and the cycles of life...sure to fascinate child and adult gardeners alike.
Make sure to note when the seed was harvested and any planting instructions on the back. :) For more information and video, watch me and Ali Meyer on 4 YOUR GARDEN below.