Texas Gardening forum: Side Trip to Wildseed Farms

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 8, 2012 1:30 PM CST

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After a scenic drive through the Benini Sculpture Ranch outside Johnson City, and before winding up at Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, we stopped at Wildseed Farms. It's about seven miles east of Fredericksburg on Highway 290. It was nearly 4:30 and we thought it might be closing, but the parking lot was filled with cars and RVs. The grounds around the buildings were decorated in hundreds of pumpkins of all shapes, colors, and sizes. There was a nip in the air that made walking the grounds a more pleasant experience than it would have been a few days prior. We spotted hard to find perennials,as well as plenty old favorites, at reasonable prices.
I was on a mission to buy wildflower seeds that were specifically sorted for our Central Texas area.
Straight to the bins, I found our geographic mix (which we share with Oklahoma) and picked up a quarter pound bag of twenty-six varieties for $10. Since I only have limited space for wildflowers, I have enough seeds to share with my neighbors on both sides and across the street!

Now is the perfect time to plant a wildflower garden. If you can't drive to Fredericksburg to purchase seeds and you want a large variety, you can order online at http://www.wildseedfarms.com/
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 8, 2012 1:54 PM CST

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I love Wildseed Farms and back when we lived in Kerrville we would visit there often.

Here's some photos from 2004.

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 8, 2012 2:24 PM CST

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Great photos! I was tempted to buy the Alamo Bluebonnet seeds, but the plants that I bought one year never bloomed and didn't return.

Spring is definitely a better time to visit. The fields were rather bare. Those are a couple of little cuties in the bluebonnets too! Time flies and I bet they're all grown up now.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 8, 2012 2:32 PM CST

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Those are our two oldest ones and they certainly aren't toddlers anymore!
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Bubbles
Oct 8, 2012 3:29 PM CST

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But even cuter, I bet!
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dave
Oct 8, 2012 4:01 PM CST

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I agree
Name: Carey
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careyana
Oct 9, 2012 9:30 AM CST
Sandi, which seeds were in the bag? I can imagine the indian paintbrush, bluebonnets, and blanketflower, but I'm curious what else was in the bag?

I threw out a few hundred seeds in the backyard to join my already-present wildflowers for next year. Not sure if some of the seed are viable any more, but it'll be interesting to see what comes up!
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Bubbles
Oct 9, 2012 12:49 PM CST

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This is the TX / OK mix. 1/4 pound covers 500 square feet, 1 pound covers 2,000 square feet. I started to take a pic of the back of the pkg., but I remembered it was also on the website. Here's the common names.

Texas Bluebonnet...A...18.90% by weight
Indian Blanket...A...8.00%
Scarlet Flax...A...6.60%
Tickseed...P...6.45%
Lemon Mint...A/P...6.23%
Purple Coneflower...P...5.86%
Drummond Phlox...A...5.29%
Cornflower...A...4.40%
Rocket Larkspur...A...4.40%
Baby Blue Eyes...A...4.40%
Ox-Eyed Daisy...P...4.18%
California Poppy...A/P...3.14%
Yellow Cosmos...A...2.86%
Baby's Breath...A...2.86%
African Daisy...A...2.75%
Plains Coreopsis...A...2.24%
Clasping Coneflower...A...1.98%
Black-Eyed Susan...A/P...1.76%
Tuber Vervain...P...1.44%
Corn Poppy...A...1.40%
Spurred Snapdragon...A...1.21%
Dwarf Red Coreopsis...A...1.10%
Standing Cypress...P...1.00%
Showy Primrose...P... .77%
Mexican Hat...A/P... .56%
Texas Paintbrush...A/P/B... .22
Name: Stephanie
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stephanietx
Oct 9, 2012 10:32 PM CST
I watched Wildseed Farm being built when I lived in Kerrville! I have visited many times and always find something to buy! LOL
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Bubbles
Oct 10, 2012 8:33 AM CST

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I totally agree with the "buying something" statement. I was saving my energy and pennies for Fredericksburg! Would take more than pennies to buy anything in Fredericksburg, tho! Wound up at Dooley's 5-10&25 Store buying fun junk for DGS.
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careyana
Oct 11, 2012 8:26 AM CST
Wildseed IS really neat - it just seems soooo far away.

Tossed about 1/2 pound of seed this past weekend. Hopefully the birds don't eat all of it!
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canadanna
Oct 12, 2012 7:15 PM CST
That is a wonderful variety. When I think of an area that I could spread them, sadly these open areas always get mowed.
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Bubbles
Oct 12, 2012 8:21 PM CST

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Anna, you could share them with your neighbors, or buy a smaller pack. We had to run up to the lake today and the loosestrife was blooming all along the hwy. I so wanted to stop and dig some up. I know they're invasive, but they're so striking among the sunflowers.
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Justin
Oct 16, 2012 8:54 PM CST
Nice place, nice pictures!

Usual I am not able to ID opuntia species. But this,

dave said: Thumb of 2012-10-08/dave/67ce37


Her cladodes were unmistakable shape. It is Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis (Cow's Tongue Prickly Pear Cactus)

https://www.google.com/search?q=opuntia+engelmannii+linguifo...




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