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 2018\19 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 2019.   Addressing information is in the magazine and contacts page.

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 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 6th of November.

Allium aflatunense

Allium carinatum ssp pulchellum

Allium cristophii

Allium giganteum

Allium hollandicum ex 'Purple Sensation'

Allium karataviense

Allium roseum

Allium unifolium

Anemone coronaria De Caen Group

Anemone multifida

Anemone rivularis

Anemone sylvestris

Anemone unspecified ex yellow

Angelica archangelica

Anthriscus sylvestris ex 'Going for Gold'

Anthriscus sylvestris ex 'Ravenswing'

Astrantia major

Astrantia major ex 'Alba'

Astrantia major ssp involucrata ex 'Shaggy'

Astrantia major Gill Richardson Group

Astrantia major ex 'Rosea'

Astrantia maxima

Astrantia spp & cvs mixed

Astrantia unspecified pink shades

Astrantia unspecified red shades

Bupleurum longifolium

Bupleurum rotundifolium

Camassia leichtlinii ssp leichtlinii

Camassia leichtlinii ex 'Sacajawea'

Camassia leichtlinii Suksdorfii Group ex 'Alba'

Chaerophyllum azoricum

Chaerophyllum hirsutum ex 'Roseum'

Clematis ex 'Guernsey Cream'

Clematis macropetala ex 'Wesselton'

Clematis mixed vars

Clematis napaulensis

Clematis ex 'Palette'

Clematis ex 'Princess Diana'

Clematis tangutica

Clematis viticella mixed vars

Cyclamen hederifolium

Cyclamen hederifolium ex deep purple

Cyclamen hederifolium mixed colours

Eryngium agavifolium

Eryngium alpinum

Eryngium bourgattii ex 'Picos Blue'

Eryngium ex 'Cobalt Star'

Eryngium giganteum

Eryngium giganteum ex 'Silver Ghost'

Eryngium x oliveranum

Eryngium planum

Eryngium planum ex 'Blaucappe'

Eryngium planum ex 'Blue Hobbit'

Eryngium x tripartitum

Foeniculum vulgare ex 'Purpureum' Bronze fennel

Fritillaria imperialis ex 'Rubra'

Fritillaria meleagris Snake's-head fritillary

Fritillaria meleagris mixed colours

Fritillaria pallida

Helleborus foetidus Stinking hellebore

Helleborus foetidus ex 'Miss Jekyll'

Helleborus x hybridus

Levisticum officinale Lovage

Ligusticum lucidum

Ligusticum scoticum Scots lovage

Meconopsis paniculata

Melanospermum decipiens

Molospermum peloponnesiacum

Myrrhis odorata Sweet Cicely

Nectaroscordum siculum

Papaver cambricum double form

Petroselinum crispum Parsley (curled and flat)

Peucedanum ostruthium ex 'Daphnis'

Pimpinella major ex 'Rosea'

Primula elatior Oxlip

Primula veris ex Hose-in-Hose

Pulsatilla vulgaris ex lilac

Ranunculus aconitifolius ex 'Flore-pleno'

Selinum wallichianum



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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