Do they seed….?

We attended a two day plant sale last weekend, always an interesting experience. A lot of customers had various questions regarding their proposed purchases, one of the most frequent being “Does it seed?”

That started me thinking about “self-seeders”.  I think most people don’t really mean does a plant set seed ( which , thankfully , in most cases is “Yes” otherwise how would us poor nursery people keep going?) but is it  over-free with its seeding habits thus being a nuisance.

After the sale I wandered around the nursery garden and although a lot of the planting combinations are deliberate some of the most stunning ( and often transitory) ones are where a plant, often an annual , has just popped up amongst a group of plants.

I guess the answer to the question is “Yes if you’re lucky”  after all if you don’t like the self -seeder you can always pull it out and if you do…..well thats what gardening is all about for me!

Some of my favourite self-seeders are :

014Alchilla, campanulas, chichory, centranthus ,dierama,  digitalis , erigeron, geranium, knautia, nigella oenothera, oregano, primroses, ranunculus, scabious, sisyrinchium,stipa, verbena, veronica and violas!  This isn’t a comprehensive list I’m sure to have forgotten something but does go some way to explaining our very relaxed gardening style at Harrell’s Hardy Plants.

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Heaven Scent

DSC01361I’ve just come in from the garden, 15 minutes spent in the greenhouse tying up the tomatoes is all I can do at a time as its so warm. By the greenhouse is a shrub Philadelphus coronaria aurea and the scent is so lovely. I have a swing seat by it and spend as much time as possible there drinking in the heavenly scent….. when I retire I shall spend more time smelling my plants and appreciating them. That’s my promise to myself!!