Seeds 2019

I am not allowed to buy any seeds this year. I have so many from last year, including some I bought late last year to sow this year so I'm all set for seeds. I like to grow flowers I like, especially purple ones, flowers the bees like and any flowers I saw in Korea when I went to Seoul in 2017. This is what I have (in alphabetical order), all from Chiltern Seeds unless otherwise noted:

Agastache rugosa "Korean Zest" I've grown a couple agastache in my garden and I saw lots of it in Seoul.

Centaurea moschata "Imperialis" I love centaureas (cornflower, knapweed, mountain cornflower) and thought I should try growing all the ones I can find, even though this is yellow - not my favourite flower colour. (Also trying Centaurea macrocephala, giant knapweed).

Cockscomb Celosia cristata "Bombay Pink" I saw a celosia up Mount Inwangsan at a Buddhist temple near the wall around Seoul.

Common Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis)

Cosmos bipinnatus "Sensation" I saw cosmos by the temple as well.

Echium vulgare "Blue Bedder" I grow this every year now or have done the last few. I love the flowers as do the bees. I love this so much I just discovered I have 2 packets of seeds. I bought the second not realising I already had one. I just went to Chiltern Seeds as I generally have some seeds in my basket, awaiting checkout, so I can add to them as I come across them and I had Blue Bedder again! Lol. 

Fox-and-Cubs, aka Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum / Pilosella aurantiaca) I first bought a small plant in the "wildflower" range from the garden centre. It seemed to disappear after the first year, then some seedlings appeared but seemed overwhelmed by green alkanet. I cleared the green alkanet from one flowerbed and I then got one or two flowering plants last summer - after I bought the seeds so I can see if any fox-and-cubs reappear this year or try the seeds or both.

Giant Knapweed (Centaurea macrocephala) I've grown lesser and greater knapweeds in my garden and as I like knapweed and other centaureas, seemed good to try this.

Greater Knapweed, few seeds leftover from a couple years ago, not sure where they're from but I think Mr Fothergill's.

Korean Angelica (Angelica gigas) I've grown angelica before but I heard about this one recently, maybe from James Wong? I should have noted where.  

Lemon Bergamot (Monarda citriodora)

Meadow Clary (Salvia pratensis) I bought a small plant in the "wildflower" range at my garden centre and liked the flowers so thought I'd try it. The slugs devoured it so hope to protect it / pick the slugs off before they destroy it.

Papaver somniferum "Lauren's Grape" I, and the bees, love poppies. Last year I grew Black Swan and the bees loved it so wanted to grow a poppy this year and loved this purple colour when I saw it so thought I'd try it.

Purple Toadflax (Linaria purpurea)  I love purple wildflowers.


Scotch Thistle (Onopordum acanthium) I've grown this before, the year I tried all the thistle wildflower seeds I could find as I like thistles, as do the bees.

Tomato, Plum, "Santonio" and "San Marzano" (Solanum lycopersicum) I seemed to have spent most of last summer in the garden watering the tomoatoes - and it wasn't worth it, but my son and daughter-in-law, who only have a balcony, wanted some tomato plants and of course I ended up with too many and ended up growing them on my patio. These two tomatoes are for them and I vow to only keep a couple.

Viola cornuta "Hobbit Sam" I love pansies and violas and have planted different ones, including all the black violas I could find to see which was the best. I thought the colour of this blue one looked nice so thought I'd try it.

Water mint (Mentha aquatica) I'm not really sure why I bought these but I do have a small pond which could do with some plants and I presume the bees would like these so I'll try them.

Seeds left from last year

4 of the seeds below, Aster koraiensis (saw lots of this in Korea), Pulsatilla Koreana, Rose of Sharon (national flower of Korea), hyssop. I planted some of each last year but will try more this year.

korean seeds

Korean Aster (Aster koraiensis)

Bugle (Ajuga reptans) I got a few plants from last year's sowing but the slugs got some or maybe all, so worth trying again this year.

Pansy Beaconsfield (Mr Fothergill's) Only a few plants from last year's sowing, not sure they've survived the winter. Will sow more this year.

Pulsatilla Koreana As I recall I had zero germination from this but will try again this year.

Rose of Sharon I had zero germination from this as well but will try again this year.

Scabiosa Ebony and Ivory (Thompson & Morgan)

Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris) I got a few plants from last year's sowing but the slugs got some or maybe all, so worth trying again this year.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) I might have gotten 1 seedling from last year's sowing. Will try again this year.

That's 27 types of seed in total plus (I actually I recounted and think I have 31 packets inc some envelopes of collected seed.


March 2019 my seed sowing season has started! Firstly, seedlings from seed sown last year (2018).

Rose of Sharon

I see 1 seedling in this pot marked Rose of Sharon which I sowed 2-7-2018 but I don't recall seeing it before so maybe it just germinated. Certainly last year I didn't see any germination from some of the Korean seeds I brought back from Seoul.

rose of sharon seedling



I collected hollyhock seeds from the plants next door (I look after next door's garden) but most seemed to have hollyhock weevils. I tried not to use the seeds with obvious holes from the weevils and thought those seeds wouldn't germinate anyway. Pleased to get a few seedlings last October / November and they survived the winter. So I have at least 10 hollyhock seedlings.

hollyhock seedlings

I sowed Echium Blue Bedder (Chiltern Seeds) yesterday (9-3-2019) so they'll have a good chance to bloom this Spring / Summer. I also discovered one had self-seeded last year in the garden next door. So IF the upstairs neighbour doesn't cut it down, that's a nice head start.

echium blue bedder

Here are the echium Blue Bedder seedlings 4 weeks later. Good germination. I need to prick them out / repot them. How many plants can I really manage? (This is where it all starts to go wrong.)

echium Blue Bedder

I also sowed Lauren's Grape poppies (Chiltern Seeds) 9-3-2019. 4 weeks later, they uneven number of seedlings. Maybe I can take all those from the one pot and put them in the cells and other pots.


pic totally out of focus but it shows there are about 5 seedlings, not many seeds were in the packet so that is good germination.

more to follow as soon as time, space and purchase of compost allows