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! 

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.

Short-Viability List 2016\17

    Members can order these seeds now and they will be deducted from their allowance later.   There will be an update in due course.


Allium aflatunense

Allium cernuum

Allium cristophii

Allium hollandicum ex 'Purple Sensation'

Allium karataviense

Allium psekemense

Allium schubertii

Allium unspecified purple large

Allium unspecified purple small

Anemone coronaria De Caen Group

Angelica archangelica

Anthriscus sylvestris ex 'Going for Gold'

Astrantia major

Astrantia major ex 'Alba'

Astrantia major ex 'Hadspenn Blood'

Astrantia major ssp involucrata ex 'Buckland

Astrantia major ssp involucrata ex 'Shaggy'

Astrantia major var rosea

Astrantia major ex 'Ruby Wedding'

Astrantia major ex 'Sunningdale Variegated'

Astrantia maxima

Astrantia unspecified ex red

Astrantia unspecified ex white

Bupleurum rotundifolium

Clematis alpina ex white

Clematis ex 'Minuet'

Clematis potaninii

Clematis tangutica

Cyclamen coum

Cyclamen coum ex white

Cyclamen hederifolium

Daphne mezereum

Eryngium alpinum

Eryngium bourgattii

Eryngium giganteum

Eryngium x tripartitum

Eryngium x zabelii

Foeniculum vulgare (fennel)

Foeniculum vulgare ex bronze

Fritillaria meleagris

Helleborus x hybridus

Helleborus x hybridus mixed vars

Helleborus x hybridus mostly pink

Helleborus x hybridus mostly white

Helleborus foetidus

Helleborus niger

Ligusticum officinale

Ligusticum scoticum

Myrrhis odorata

Nearoscordum siculum

Nectaroscordum siculum ssp bulgaricum

Pachyphragma macrophyllum

Parsley, flat-leaved

Parsley ex 'Italian Giant'

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Pulsatilla vulgaris mixed colours

Pulsatilla vulgaris var rubra

Selinum wallichianum

Sinopodophyllum emodi

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum

Smyrnium perfoliatum

Trollius chinensis


Seed Packing by Cheshire Group Members

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