To deadhead or not to deadhead, that is the question. I love going round the garden with secateurs and bucket nipping off the dead heads but it is now time to decide which ones to leave and provide me with seeds for next year. It is going to be a bumper harvest so I can afford to be ruthless and only save seeds from the very best flowers. The Cottage Garden Society seed exchange is going to do well by me this time!
The list is endless and I always save more than I need but I particularly want the white foxgloves again, some of which grew to over 2 metres. Cosmos ‘Purity’ and ‘Double Click Cranberry’ will produce masses of seed and I want to see if the Calendula ‘Art Shades’ comes true. However, first seeds to hit the envelope are Canna iridiflora, still in flower but already providing me with dried ‘Indian Shot’ seeds, at least a dozen in every big fat pod!
I have to confess to being a seedaholic – there’s never enough room in the propagator (12 sq ft) and then I run out of space in the greenhouse and end up giving half the plants away. Every year I say I’m going to plant less but somehow never manage it.
I’m just the same, always sow too much and run out of space. I tend to forget that 50 seeds becomes 50 plants to prick out and then pot on. I have a friend who has the ability to throw away the surplus and only keep what he needs, a discipline I have not yet mastered!