A Package of Seed

Now seeds are just dimes to the man in the store
And the dimes are the things he needs,
And I've been to buy them in season before
But I've thought of them merely as seeds;
But it flashed through my mind as I took them this time,

"You purchased a miracle for a dime".

by Edgar A. Guest  

Seed List

    A printed version of the seed list for 2016\17 will be in the December edition of the Cottage Gardener magazine, as in previous years.    It is also available HERE soon.    All orders should be with Margaret Mason by January 2017.

Click HERE for the NEW seed exchange rules.
(Document 1 as mentioned in magazine No.129)

Click HERE for seed saving guidelines.
(Document 2 in mag No. 129)

Click HERE for list of seeds of which supply usually outstrips demand (i.e. maybe send less).
(Document 3 in mag No. 129)

Click HERE for list of seeds where demand outstrips supply (i.e. please send more!).
(Document 4 in mag No. 129)

OR if you want to see ALL of these documents with one click, then they are HERE

Other, older information on seeds

Click HERE to find vegetable seeds of unusual varieties - provided by a member for donations

Click HERE for info on saving vegetable seeds

Click HERE for an excellent article on seed cleaning from the Alpine Gardening Society

Click HERE for the September 2011 magazine article about collecting seed, written by Magaret Mason

Click HERE for the list of vegetable seed suppliers mentioned in the December 2013 magazine

See the APHIS website for information on importing seeds into the USA

Seed Distribution

    One of the many advantages of being a member of The Cottage Garden Society is that, in the depth of winter, you have the delightful task of choosing several packs of seeds that you would like to receive from a list of over 1000.    Send off the order, with a small sum to cover postage, and come February, they will be with you!    Just as much fun, is collecting the seed earlier in the year and sending it in to be distributed to other members. 

    This is how it all works: members collect seed as it ripens, clean it and pack it well and send it off to Magaret Mason, a member of the Executive Committee.   She spends hours checking that it is what it says it is, making sure the Latin name is correct and putting all the seed from one particular species or variety in a large brown envelope.   For instance, 50 people might send in foxglove seed and it all goes in the same big envelope.  At the end of this whole process, Margaret has compiled a numbered list of 1000 or more species and varieties of flowers, herbs and vegetables.  This list goes to Julia Boulton for her to prepare and send to the printers. 

    The boxes and boxes of the brown envelopes get transported to the Cheshire group, who spend many hours putting all the seeds into tiny, numbered seed packets (see photo at top right).   Meanwhile, you have received your December magazine and are busy choosing the seeds you'd like.   Once the Cheshire group members have finished their task, the seeds will be returned to Margaret.   Margaret will have received all your orders and will have the job of selecting the seed packets you want (or others if your first choice has run out) and sending the completed orders out to you. 

Last day of fun is sowing the seeds and waiting to see what comes up.  We hear it's sometimes a surprise! 

Short-Viability List 2017\18

SHORT VIABILITY SEED LIST 2017

These seeds can be ordered along with an S.A.E.

Seeds will be sent out from the 6th of November.


Aconitum anthora


Aconitum carmichaelii Arendsii Group


Aconitum hemsleyanum ex white


Aconitum napellus


Aconitum napellus ex 'Carneum'


Aconitum ex 'Spark's Variety'


Aconitum ex 'Stainless Steel'


Aconitum unspecified mauve


Aconitum unspecified ex mid blue


Aconitum unspecified ex white


Allium cernuum


Allium cristophii


Allium giganteum


Allium hollandicum ex 'Purple Sensation'


Allium karataviense


Allium vineale ex 'Hair' (bulbils)


Allium unspecified ex blue (bulbils)


Allium unspecified ex pink, 45 cm (bulbils)


Ammi majus


Anemone barbulata


Anemone rivularis


Anemone sylvestris


Anemone unspecified pale yellow


Angelica archangelica


Angelica archangelica 'Corinne Tremaine'


Angelica gigas


Angelica sylvestris


Angelica sylvestris ex 'Ebony'


Angelica sylvestris ex purple form


Angelica sylvestris ex 'Vicar's Mead'


Anthriscus sylvestris


Anthriscus sylvestris ex 'Going for Gold'


Anthriscus sylvestris ex 'Ravenswing'


Astrantia ex 'Hadspen Blood'


Astrantia ex 'Ladies of the Night'*


Astrantia major


Astrantia major ex 'Alba'


Astrantia major ssp involucrata


Astrantia major ssp involucrata ex 'Shaggy'


Astrantia major var rosea


Astrantia major ex 'Rubra'


Astrantia mixed


Astrantia ex 'Mrs MacGregor'


Astrantia ex 'Ruby Star'


Astrantia unspecified pink & white


Astrantia unspecified red


Bupleurum fruticosum


Bupleurum rotundifolium


Chaerophyllum azoricum


Chaerophyllum hirsutum ex 'Roseum'


Clematis alpina


Clematis ex 'Buckland Beauty'


Clematis fusca


Clematis hybrid, large blue


Clematis integrifolia


Clematis integrifolia ex pink


Clematis ex 'Minuet'


Clematis montana var rubens


Clematis napaulensis


Clematis tangutica


Cyclamen cilicium


Cyclamen mirabile


Daucus carota


Daucus carota ex 'Dara'


Eryngium alpinum


Eryngium bourgattii


Eryngium bourgattii ex 'Picos Blue'


Eryngium giganteum


Eryngium giganteum ex 'Silver Ghost'


Foeniculum vulgare bronze form


Fritillaria imperialis ex 'Lutea'


Fritillaria meleagris


Fritillaria meleagris mixed colours


Helleborus foetidus ex 'Miss Jekyll'


Helleborus x hybridus


Helleborus x hybridus ex deep pink


Helleborus x hybridus ex white


Helleborus x sternii


Nectraoscordum siculum


Nectaroscordum siculum ssp bulgaricum


Orlaya grandiflora


Papaver cambricum


Parsley, flat-leaved


Pastinaca sativa


Peucedanum ostruthium ex 'Daphnis'


Pimpinella major


Pimpinella major ex 'Rosea'


Pulsatilla rubra


Pulsatilla vulgaris


Silphium perfoliatum


Smyrnium olusatrum


Smyrnium perfoliatum


Trollius europaeus

 

 

Seed Collecting

Seeds are ripening well this year - it's time to start collecting them to send to Margaret Mason. CLOSING DATE for them to be on the list is 30th SEPT, last date for receipt is 30th OCTOBER. Seeds should be sent to Margaret at Penhyddgan, Boduan, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8YH.  Find links to helpful hints, information and instructions elsewhere on this page.

Seed Packing by Cheshire Group Members

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