~ Seed for Decorative Flowers ~

(edible flowers are lower down)

plant pictureNight Scented Stock
One of Ben's all-time favourite cottage-garden flowers. The pale pink blooms release a wonderful scent which is at its strongest at dusk.

Ready in about 6-8 weeks - sow in spring, after the last frost, in trays or small pots, prick out when big enough to handle, and transplant out when 4 inches high, about 6-8 inches apart. Enjoy the scent!

Very easy, great for kids too.

approximately 1000 seed £

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plant picture Wallflowers - 'My Fair Lady' mixed colours. NEW
Do you remember these from your grandparents' garden? Wallflowers are great - you sow them any time up to August and they flower early the next spring, about 40cm tall with a huge range of colours.

Easy and cheery spring flower to brighten up your garden.

approximately 400 seed £

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plant picture Zinnias - dahlia flowered doubles, in mixed colours.
Zinnias are beautiful , crazy flowers in really bright colours, and will grow well in the UK as long as they don't get too cold and damp. Plant in spring, not too early, so that it isn’t cold when they need to be planted out. They will grow slowly at first but by late summer they should make a good display with many velvety flowers.

You can grow them in a flower bed or interspersed with your vegetables.

Please note that although beautiful, they are not for eating, just decoration.

approximately 200 seed £

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plant pictureTricolor Mix Clary Sage
A decorative plant about 2 ft tall - distantly related to the herb Sage - with very pretty blue/white/pink leaves making a good show in the summer. Attractive to insects too. Very easy to grow and good as a cut or dried flower.

Please note that although beautiful this is not for eating, just decoration.

approximately 500 seed £

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plant picture'Velvet Queen' RED & ORANGE Sunflower
To help make your vegetable patch beautiful we have these unusual sunflowers.

They have deep red petals with an orange background. The 5' plants produce multiple heads suitable for cutting, or just admiring at the back of a border. The colour is stunning and the seed would of course be edible if the sparrows didn't always get there first.

approximately 20 seed £

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China Cat Sunflower Mix plant picture
A fantastic multi-headed sunflower with rings of orange on its yellow petals.

About 5' to 6' tall, the nice thing about this is that lots of heads are produced over a long season, so it is ideal for cutting, or just a fancy display in the garden. The seeds are a reasonable size and you could save them to eat or feed the birds.

This variety was created by Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds. To get the multi-heading habit, he crossed 'Gloriosa' with silverleaf sunflowers, and when he finished, he named the variety after the 1972 song by the psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead.

The song is pretty cool, but the sunflowers are even better, and less likely to annoy your neighbours.

18 seed £

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Dwarf Fantasy Sunflower Mix plant picture
Mini sunflowers? This might seem a bit of an odd idea - but they are really, really pretty, short little sunflowers of different shades, they look great in the flower border....

Very cute little sunflowers about 2 to 3ft tall, ideal for the back of a flowerbed or cutting - sure to make you smile.

30 seed , organic £

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Sunzilla VERY BIG HEADS plant picture
This new variety of sunflower grows to about 10ft tall and has been chosen for the absurdly large heads that it makes  - 18 to 24 inches in diameter!

Selected by Tim Peters of  “The Bigger and Better Nursery”, who has bred for a thicker stem so there is less risk of it collapsing under the weight of the massive flowers.

In fact the whole plant is ‘supersized’ and the leaves are enormous as well, as you can see in the photo whith Jemma.

A very, very BIG sunflower. Stake well in windy sites so it doesn’t blow over .

10 seed £

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plant picture'Marvel of Peru' - Four O'Clock Plant

A wonderfully scented plant that opens its flowers in late afternoon each day. Also known as ‘Belle de Nuit’ or Night Beauty, it’s a really easy-to-grow and beautiful flower, making small bushes about 2 ft across, with multicoloured trumpet-shaped blooms.

And did I mention the amazing sweet scent? It's to attract moths, so the flowers stay open all evening.

Sow the seeds in deep pots, 2 or 3 per pot, in late spring and keep moist until they germinate.

about 40 seed £

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plant pictureMonstrusum Mixed Tall Strawflower NEW
Strawflowers are easy, and great for dried flowers as well as making an impressive display. This is a pretty mixed population with hot reds and golds plus magenta, lavender, pink and white, growing to about 3ft outdoors or 5ft under cover.

(NB: decorative only - not for eating.)

The plants are easy to grow but smallish packet as the seed is very fiddly to collect - it starts off fluffy like a dandelion seed!

about 500 seed £

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plant picture plant pictureAquilegia "Mixed Large Flowered"

Aquilegias (also known as Granny's Bonnet or Columbine) are another of Ben's favourite flowers, and this is a special mix of different types , giving you a whole range of colours.

Sow in spring in April/May. Once big enough to handle move them into pots, later on transplant them out.

They will flower the following spring, and in mild areas will survive for several years, as well as new baby plants coming from the seed they make. Easy and beautiful!

Please note Aquilegia are not edible, these are for decoration only.

plant picture about 300 seed £

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plant pictureForget-Me-Not "Royal Indigo Blue"

A very pretty and easy cottage-garden flower. Simple to sow and grow, and will often self-seed thereafter.

Sow in spring in trays with some heat and plant out once the weather is really good; the biggest plants will flower straight away,and the rest will flower the following spring. They can easily be transplanted around the garden to make a nice bedding display, or left to grow where they wish for a more natural look.

Please note Forget-me-not are not edible, these are for decoration only.

about 500 seed £

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plant picturePoached Egg Plant ATTRACTS BENEFICIAL INSECTS

A very easy, beautiful and child-friendly plant. Sow in Spring, in a fine tilth directly where you want them to grow; the seeds should be about 3mm deep. An old favourite of ours, the plants make a spreading low mat with cheerful white and yellow flowers that beneficial insects such as hoverflies really love.

Please note poached egg plant are not edible, these are for decoration only.

about 200 seed £

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plant pictureSweet William SCENTED

Another great cottage-garden flower, good for kids as they're pretty simple and reliable., and are good either in the garden or as a cut flower.

Sow seed in summer (May to August) for a mass of flowers the following summer. You can sow in-situ , or start in trays/modules. Plant out to their final position once big enough to look after themselves; they do need full sun but don't mind being close together; they're trouble-free and need little attention once they are established.

This variety has longer stems good for cut flowers. Please note Sweet Williams are not edible, these are for decoration only.

about 400 seed £

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plant pictureBolero French Marigolds

Here we have beautiful dwarf marigolds to interplant with your other crops; the roots repel nematodes in the soil and the flowers attract beneficial pollinators. We always put them in clumps among our tomatoes in the tunnel!

Easy to grow. Sow in Spring in pots/modules undercover, plant out to a final spacing of about 5 inches to 1 ft apart.

Please note French Marigolds are not edible, these are for decoration only.

about 200 seed £

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plant picture Tall Mixed Snapdragons

Snapdragons are a beautiful and easy cottage-garden flower, and this packet is a mix of different colours.

Really easy and ideal for children. Sow in spring in seed trays or small pots in gentle warmth and when the baby plants are big enough to handle, then pot them on into individual pots.

Once the weather has warmed up and there’s no further risk of frost, then they can be planted out in their final position, about a foot apart in a flower bed or in big planters.

Please note Snapdragons are not edible, these are for decoration only.

about 200 seed £

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~ Seed for EDIBLE Flowers ~

 

Calendula 'FlashBack Mix' plant picture
Flashback Mix is an amazingly diverse mix of Calendula ("pot marigolds"). They have been bred for all sorts of different coloured backs to their petals, to contrast with the fronts.

In the evening, they fold up their petals for the night, showing off the flashy backs of their flowers.

Although they make a beautiful garden and cut flower, Calendula flowers are also edible.

In times past they were used to colour butter, but nowadays their main use is to add to salads. A sprinkling of petals, or even whole flowerheads, is a really nice way to add a bit of colour to a fresh salad.

Bred on Gathering Together Farm by Frank & Karen Morton.plant picture

100 to 200 seed, certified organic £

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plant pictureSokol breadseed poppy
Breadseed poppies are unique in that the heads do not 'open' when the seed is ripe, so the seed doesn't shake out in the wind – instead you can collect it for cooking, topping breads or pasta.

These beautiful poppies are 3ft tall, pale pink with pretty darker patches on their petals.  Easily-grown, giving a lot of seed from a small space, this is the rare white-seeded type with a superior flavour.

Rare, white-seeded. One of our best-selling varieties. 

pkt of organic seed (hundreds and hundreds) £

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this was Ben's favourite photo of 2012


plant picture"After Midnight" breadseed poppy NEW
An amazing new poppy from Frank & Karen at Wild Garden Seeds that is almost completely black.

We produced a small crop this year in our seed gardens and it looked stunning. Like all breadseed poppies, the seeds do not fall out when ripe, and can be collected for cooking.

Rare, almost-black breadseed poppy. Very limited stocks.

pkt of seed (hundreds), organic £

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plant pictureMixed Salad Nasturtiums
Nasturtiums are a really easy plant to grow – ideal for kids - and as well as attracting beneficial insects, the leaves are added to salads, and the flowers are edible too.  Even the seed-pods can be pickled and used like capers! 

Here we have mixed three colours (red, orange and yellow) and added a variety with variegated leaves, so you can have colourful salads all summer long.

Red, Orange, Yellow, & variegated. Ones in the photo were grown by Josie in her edible flower-garden.

a generous pkt of 75-80 seed for £

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plant pictureplant picture Borage for Salads

A very well-known bee plant, attracting them and other useful pollinators to your garden,  borage has very pretty blue star-shaped flowers that are edible.

We often sprinkle them on top of our tomato salad for an amazing contrast.

Pictured in our back garden, and on a salad earlier this summer.

at least 200 seed £

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plant picture Chinese Violet Cress
Meet the beautiful and easily-grown 'Chinese Violet Cress', also known as the 'February Orchid'. It's very easy to grow as it is actually from the brassica family, and it makes pretty bushes that eventually get to about waist height, with intense purple flowers.

For growing outdoors, sow from March - June with early sowings best in trays/modules, later can also sow direct. But also very sucessful sown in late August & grown overwinter in a polytunnel/greenhouse or even under cloches, making an excellent winter salad, & bringing a welcome splash of colour in spring.

Start to pick once plants are established, both the leaves and flowers are edible & great in salads.

90 seed (it's incredibly rare) , organic £

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plant pictureWild Violet "Johnny Jump-Up"

An easy and beautiful old flower, with little yellow/purple little flowers. The plant is about 4 inches tall -it will often naturalise and grow in your garden for many years.

Very easy to grow. Sow the little seeds in fine compost in trays / modules and *just* cover with soil. Water gently and keep moist and nicely warm until they germinate. When big enough to handle transplant out to their final position; they will tolerate partial shade.

The flowers are edible and can be put in salads or candied to decorate cakes.

about 500 seed £

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