Seeds forum: Are you a seed snatcher too?

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Name: Sue Seymour
Escanaba Michigan (Zone 5a)
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suzysparklesalot
Jul 27, 2016 3:30 PM CST
Hi everyone,
I have to admit I am sometimes guilty of being a seed snatcher, If I am walking by some pretty flowers and I see some seed pods, just swaying in the sun, I feel like taking a few seeds can't hurt. (I do try to ask if there is someone around.)
All of my friends are used to me helping them deadhead their plants, and are happy to share and I do share my bounty with others too.

Sue
Sue from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jul 27, 2016 7:18 PM CST

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Yes, my neighbors flowers would never be deadheaded if I didn't help. Smiling

Welcome to the forum.

Karen
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jul 27, 2016 7:31 PM CST
I bag any that I want to keep in my own yard,
because they disappear on me if I don't !
I do, with permission, take seeds from my daughters' gardens.
Name: Joshua
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Australis
Jul 27, 2016 7:36 PM CST
I must confess to having done this as well. The local council in my area has a lot of agapanthus on the side of the road and my workplace has a lot in the gardens. I've seen what they do when the flowers are finished - they just come along and cut everything off with a hedge trimmer. So, wanting to try growing some from seed, I assisted with their dead-heading...
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Jul 28, 2016 12:35 PM CST
Hurray! Applause, Sue!

Unless you take the only seed pod, or one of very few, you aren't hurting anyone and you are spreading flowers around.

You might keep a few Ziplocs in your pocket, with your "best of saved seeds", with pretty labels. Then you could offer them when you ask if you deadhead some flowers.

A really classy touch would be if some of the labels said "multiplied from seeds donated by <neighbor's name>."

The old DG had threads where people talked about snatching seeds and cuttings from roadsides, public places, and you-name-it. And entire plants from dumpsters!
Name: Sue Seymour
Escanaba Michigan (Zone 5a)
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suzysparklesalot
Jul 29, 2016 10:02 AM CST
Thanks everyone for encouraging me, I think I'm in good company Smiling
Sue from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 31, 2016 5:26 AM CST

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Welcome Sue.. and yes I will do community deadheading as well nodding
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jul 31, 2016 9:25 AM CST
Just did it yesterday in my neighbors yard Whistling
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Name: My name is Monika...
Chicago :)
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xoxomonisia
Aug 12, 2016 12:33 PM CST
I've had it happen to me!!! At my old home.... I had this little spot near the sidewalk where I planted zinnias and in front of them were marigolds! On my way to leave for work I noticed a dog walker taking my marigold seeds. When I got home.. I made a sign saying.. "free zinnia and marigold seeds - leave me your address i'll drop them off" I saved some for myself and I had 4 neighbors request seeds then.. and ended up doing seed/hosta/daylily swap!
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 12, 2016 3:17 PM CST
I saw someone cutting hydrangea flowers right from my bush Blinking It's at the end of my property by the street so I guess she thought they were fair game. She parked right by the wall and I could see her looking around and then she started cutting. I went out and just casually asked her if I could help her...she just stopped, put her bouquet in the car and left Shrug! Hilarious!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: My name is Monika...
Chicago :)
*Where flowers bloom so does HOPE!*
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xoxomonisia
Aug 12, 2016 5:27 PM CST
luvsgrtdanes said:I saw someone cutting hydrangea flowers right from my bush Blinking It's at the end of my property by the street so I guess she thought they were fair game. She parked right by the wall and I could see her looking around and then she started cutting. I went out and just casually asked her if I could help her...she just stopped, put her bouquet in the car and left Shrug! Hilarious!



I also have hydrangea! I love the smell in a bouquet also! :)

Name: Connie White
Athens tn.
Im no quitter.. I will garden in TN
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TnWildflower
Aug 30, 2016 10:22 AM CST
Yes .. Confessions of a seed snatcher. I am new to tn. And i have stopped beside roads while driving just to take a picture and take a piece of plant or seeds i have pretty good success as i am using these as flowers in my yard its hard soil hete full of clay i figure they already grow and thrive in it where ive been unsuccessful with bought plants and some seeds. Learning to grow here has been a challenge.
Respect mother Earth and connect with her .. She will return the favor.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Aug 30, 2016 12:31 PM CST
Smart! Growing things that grow well in your new home! Many people get all fancy about growing native wildflowers, and pay through the nose for native plants and seeds.

You went direct to the source! Bravo!

(Maybe ID each new addition to be sure you aren't planting something non-native and invasive! The plant ID forum is a great resource for that. If the photo is sharp and includes the identifying characteristics (whatever those are), they can nail down an ID in minutes to hours.)

If you are new to growing in clay, you have all my sympathy. Drainage and compost will eventually loosen your clay and make it drain better.

Until then, beware digging a hole down below grade, even if you fill it with wonderful, improved soil. If a hole-below-grade in low-perk clay doesn't have some kind of drainage trench to let the hole drain down and away, it will become a mud wallow or "bathtub", which drowns roots.

If you just plant INTO CLAY, at the same level as the surrounding clay, excess water runs off the surface instead of staying and drowning roots. That's why they how advise "amend the whole bed" instead of just "amend the planting hole". However, in REALLY bad clay, just amending the whole bed isn't enough. The deepest part of the amende4d bed needfs a path for water to get away, or it will drain down into the bed and stay there until it evaporates (after drowning your roots and killing your plants.)

Until then, consider raised beds. Even an 8" wall above grade assures that your plants will have a 7" deep root zone even if your yard floods 1" deep in that spot. Maybe even practice growing plants in containers for long periods. That's trickier than raised beds, but many gardeners have big "pot ghettos" and raise lots of healthy plants in containers.

Water drains down into holes, but then it stays there unless you give it an exit path.


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Name: Connie White
Athens tn.
Im no quitter.. I will garden in TN
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TnWildflower
Aug 30, 2016 12:42 PM CST
Thank you Rick Cory. I built hugel kultur beds cause i already went through the agony of defeat last year. I have 15 acres and so many wildflowers and medicinal plants right hear im lucky. Im an herbalist. I would appreciate someone who has the tn. Coneflower seeds as i will dedicate a mass planting to help repopulate. Im interested in any other kinds of the echinacea that i can come across i have thousands of blackberries and dewberries wild strawberries. Self heal passion flowers asters all kinds of plants here. ..
Respect mother Earth and connect with her .. She will return the favor.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Aug 30, 2016 5:26 PM CST
Hugelculture under clay, THAT should improve the soil a lot over time!

Dave, one of the two Admins of this website, has done some hugelculture, and the "Permaculture" forum might even have dedicated hugel threads. Oh! You're already there. Cool!

Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Sep 1, 2016 4:06 AM CST
Hi, Connie
I have never hear that the passion plant was used for medicine. ??

I am north of you in KY but I am faced with the same difficult soil type. I amend heavily or use a raised bed.
Name: Connie White
Athens tn.
Im no quitter.. I will garden in TN
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TnWildflower
Sep 1, 2016 4:50 PM CST
Passionflower has a mild sedative affect. It is great to calm nerves. You can make tea and several other things as well. The flower have intoxicating great smell.
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Sep 1, 2016 10:45 PM CST
I live in a rural area and have seen the wild ones along where I take walks at. I had thought of bringing one home. Have you ever planted their seeds?
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Phenolic
Sep 19, 2016 7:00 PM CST
bluegrassmom said:I live in a rural area and have seen the wild ones along where I take walks at. I had thought of bringing one home. Have you ever planted their seeds?


I have never tried germinating Passiflora incarnata or P. caerulea seeds before, but fresh seeds from P. edulis and P. ligularis (both bought from a supermarket) germinated very sporadically for me. Some germinated in 2 weeks at room temperature, but even after a year I'm still getting occasional seedlings!
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Sep 19, 2016 9:51 PM CST
They grow easily from seed. You can also grow them via roots. If anyone needs some seeds I'll be happy to share some once they are ripe.
What part of the Passionflower "Passiflora incarnata" has a mild sedative affect? I've ate ripe fruits and made drinks from them and felt nothing Shrug! I can say one thing they smell way better than they taste.
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