I was reading a library magazine that linked to a wonderful web site on seeds, collecting, harvesting, and most importantly what they look like! The Junior page which is about my speed has fabulous photos of the flower in bloom, the seed and/or pods and then the seedlings when sprouting.
I have several boxes of stored envelopes upstairs in my crafting room attic. I used storage bag original boxes and have filled them with envelopes of seeds, some with names I knew and some just have question (?) marks on them and it will be a surprise if they come back up next spring when re-planted in my gardens. I have no idea was has been growing in some places as I am a big collector of awesome roadside native blooming weeds to most folks. Heck, if they bloom on the roadsides, they should be OK for this environment.
It has been to low 30's the last few mornings and I am done ( I say) for the year! I furiously collected spent blossoms and many dried on my screens before making it to the envelopes. Some, just went directly.
The magazine is "Carolina Gardening, September 2010 but I find the site to be for any location.
Here is the site and be sure to also visit the Junior page
The main home page of "The Seed Site" has many links to follow and is full of great information.
I even find the wicker plate holders are fabulous for holding my item to dry, even mushrooms. These are not to re-seed, just for my nature makings and sharing in my moss forest variety boxes.
I got some Kale plants and Allium Bulbs that we had been admiring up here last spring. The Allium Bulbs grow like a globe several inches across and several feet tall. Digging the hole was more than I expected as I hit rock and I wanted to roots to be sure and have plenty of space to go. I started digging in a site I had previously dug in and I thought it would be easy to just add to it. a Canna and St. John's Wort and is planted at the other end of this garden area. I brought the Canna from Alabama and the St. John's Wort was given to me at the GA Research Preservation Site in Blairesville, GA where I volunteer.
Here are the dried ones I have from several years ago in our home, with some dried hydrangea; also by the plates in the photos are hand-painted china gifts from my Mother" Rosemary" who used to paint on china so beautifully and she also makes the "Rosemary's Handbags" for my Etsy shared "ByLightOfMoon" hand- made and supplies shoppe!
I am also very proud of my husband and the mixed media owl he made with an old vintage tin. We ordered an owl with blinking eyes and it makes a noise when it detects movement so we ordered one to put on the back porch when the bear was coming and getting in our trash and birdseed. It arrived all broken and smashed in the box so we ordered another replacement one. Here is the one he made with the battery movement inside the tin, and below is the replacement one.
He did pretty good! I think! It hoots at night when turned on and the eye lights are supposed to scare anything away. We don't turn it on in the daytime as it might scare all the feeding birds away from our feeders. we now keep the birdseed inside the house! Well, no bear has been scrounging around lately!
One more thing before I go finish my Button Garden Tin for the "Button Floozie" exchange I need to mail by tomorrow. I have been collecting fairy crosses from a site I found from the John C. Campbell Folk School class I attended. I found it easier to just bring a bucket of dirt and crossed to be found home and go through it easier than looking for them at the site.
Many of the stones are trying very hard to be fairy crosses but the two on the far right are very good selections I just found. I will be soon selling them on my Etsy supplies shop for fairy garden accessories.
There is quite a legend about them!
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