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

    Printed versions are no longer included with the magazine, so you will need to request one.    They can also be emailed out, as a P.D.F.    All orders should be with Margaret Mason by January 2020.   Addressing information is in the magazine and contacts page.


To download a copy of the current seed exchange list,
 > HERE <


PLEASE NOTE : Only C.G.S. members can apply


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 2019


Short viability seeds available now

Send a S.A.E. with a list of what you would like and sow them as soon as they arrive.  The number of packets will be deducted from your main order later. If you do not intend to place a later order, please send your £5 admin charge with your S.A.E.

Seeds will be sent out from the 16th of November.

List of seeds of short viability now available

(updates will follow) 

Aconitum ex ‘Bressingham Spire’

Aconitum ex ‘Ivorine’

Aconitum napellus

Aconitum napellus ssp vulgare ex ‘Carneum’

Aconitum ex ‘Spark’s Variety’

Aconitum ex ‘Stainless Steel’

Aconitum unsp dark blue

 Allium cernuum

Allium cristophii

Allium hollandicum ex ‘Purple Sensation’

Allium karataviense

Allium sphaerocephalon (bulbils)

Allium tuberosum (garlic chives)

Allium ursinum (wild garlic)

Anemone cylindrica

Anemone sylvestris

Angelica anomala

Angelica archangelica (herb angelica)

Angelica gigas

Angelica pachycarpa

Angelica sylvestris (wild angelica)

Angelica sylvestris ex ‘Ebony’

Anthriscus sylvestris (cow parsley)

Anthriscus sylvestris ex ‘Golden Fleece’

Anthriscus sylvestris ex ‘Ravenswing’

Astrantia major

Astrantia major Gill Richardson Group

Astrantia major ssp involucrata ex ‘Shaggy’

Astrantia major var rosea

Astrantia maxima

Astrantia mixed

Astrantia ex ‘Mrs MacGregor’

Caltha palustris (marsh marigold)

Chaerophyllum azoricum

Chaerophyllum hirsutum ex ‘Roseum’

Clematis ex ‘Arabella’

Clematis campaniflora

Clematis ex ‘Constance’

Clematis ex ‘Frances Rivis’

Clematis ex ‘Helsingborg’

Clematis integrifolia

Clematis ex ‘Josie’s Midnight Blue’

Clematis napaulensis

Clematis recta

Clematis socialis

Clematis ex ‘Sweet Scentsation’

Clematis tangutica

Cyclamen hederifolium

Cyclamen hederifolium var hederifolium f albiflorum

Daucus carota (wild carrot)

Eryngium agavifolium

Eryngium bourgattii ex ‘Picos Blue’

Eryngeum eburneum

Eryngium giganteum

Eryngium giganteum ex ‘Silver Ghost’

Eryngium planum ex ‘Blaukappe’

Eryngium x tripartitum

Foeniculum vulgare ex ‘Purpureum’ (bronze fennel)

Fritillaria meleagris (snakeshead fritillary)

Fritillaria meleagris mixed colours

Helleborus argutifolius

Helleborus foetidus (stinking hellebore)

Helleborus foetidus ex ‘Miss Jekyll’

Helleborus x hybridus

Helleborus x hybridus mixed

Heracleum spondylium ex ’Pink Cloud’

Laserpitium siler

Levisticum officinale (lovage)

Ligusticum lucidum

Ligusticum scoticum (Scots lovage)

Melanoselinum decipiens

Myrrhis odorata (Sweet Cicely)

Nectaroscordum siculum

Papaver cambricum (Welsh poppy)

Papaver cambricum ex ‘Frances Perry’

Papaver cambricum ex red

Paris quadrifolia (herb paris)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Petroselinum crispum (parsley, flat and curled)

Pulsatilla vulgaris ex ‘Alba’

Pulsatilla vulgaris ex red

Ranunculus aconitifolius

Smyrnium olusatrum

Smyrnium perfoliatum


This is the last version of this list.  You may order from it until 16th November, after which it will be included in the main list.



Seed collecting

Seed collecting time is over - the deadline was 30th September to guarantee inclusion in the list, the final deadline was 21st October, with the later seed being included if time allows.  Details of what to do are in our September magazine and here is a link to an article on seed collecting.  The list of seed available will be in the December magazine.

Seed Packing by Cheshire Group Members

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