I have started seed collecting since last month...some plants still have a ways to go like nasturtiums but last years are probably still viable. Seeds are thoroughly dry prior to storage and are kept in a cool, dry place that doesn't vary much in temperature. I am collecting vegetable seeds as well and may write a post about it at a later date but as of now these are plants that I have seeds available for. I will try to make them available in a shop or two in Merritt if possible but for now here they are:
A small packet of larger seeds like Sweet Pea or Nasturtium contains about the same amount you would get in a store bought packet except that this seed comes from plants acclimatized to near-desert conditions. Small packets of small seed (like poppy) probably contain triple what you get in store bought packets.
Why a 5.00 packet? I get a lot of compliments about my flower layout which is basically a border completely filled with annuals; I got the idea from wildflower gardens and found it worked impressively well with certain flowers. These flowers are chosen for the overall show of colour and flower mass.
The larger packets contain 5-6 times the amount of seed as small and are available for Calendula, Sunflower, and a custom mix of African Daisy, Cornflower, Cosmos and (regular) Poppy.
African Daisy...show up as yellow and orange with dark centers. They tend to be a bit spindly in growth but they are early bloomers and bring bright spots of colour to the garden quickly. They have a certain fragility and will slump among other flowers if it's windy. Seeds form in little clumps and are easily carried off by the wind.
Sweet Pea...another climber known for it's scent. Will cling to other plants and needs support to train it where you want it to go...usually up a fence. Soft pastel colours although occasionally a purple shows up. Seed can be a bit tricky to collect as the pods burst open and scatter it when the time is right.
Posted by H.I.Koehler at 5:47 PM