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


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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