New Seeds June 2023

new seeds june 2023

Happy Summer everyone! It’s nearing mid-June, the weather here in WW has really been terrific. Usually, June isn’t really a Summer month, we get more like a “Junuary”. The joke is that Summer doesn’t really begin until July 5th around here. Let’s talk about new seeds June 2023!

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Ed Hume Seeds are Great

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As an adult, and more recently as a gardener, I’ve found that Ed Hume Seeds have proven to be terrific growers. The seeds that go unsold are donated to underprivileged people in Third World countries. HIs seeds are geared for the PacNW, but are sold in many states.

Image: https://www.capitalpress.com/specialsections/seed/ed-hume-seed-of-an-idea-takes-root

I swear by Ed Hume’s Hummingbird Butterfly & Bee Pollinator Flower Garden mix. I threw two packets’ worth of these seeds down in 2020 along my fence. I hadn’t improved the soil there, and didn’t know what I wanted to plant. Dianthus, Rudbeckia and other wild flowers have continued blooming every season since. It was the best $5 ever spent in the garden for me.

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new seeds june 2023 godetia annuals
new seeds june 2023 planting some stocks
hummingbird butterfly and bee pollinator flower garden seed packet from ed hume seeds

Ed Hume seeds are widely available, but I’d recommend getting them direct from them online.,

I started some Petunias (Hybrid Choice Mixture), Stocks (Giant Imperial Mix) and the free seed packet they included in my shipment, Godetias. My third seed packet, Coleus, annual shade-lovers, will have to wait for another day.

Godetia Seeds

The packet of Godetia seeds were freebies included in my order from Ed Hume seeds. I’ve never seen them, but they look beautiful. Ed Hume calls Godetias one of the most underappreciated annuals, so I’m looking forward to seeing them come alive later in the Summer. I’m planting them now to see how they float my boat, and I can harvest their seeds in the Fall for later planting if I like ’em enough. (I’ll probably like them enough, what, am I not going to start seedlings next Spring? Right…)

Petunia Seeds

The same goes with Petunias. I bought these guys to fill out the hanging baskets of store-bought petunias. And I’m definitely going to harvest all the Petunia seeds I can this Fall for next year. Buying annuals is for the birds. Home Depot charged me $10 for a 4-pack of Petunia annuals.

petunia seeds most popular annual flowers to grow
Petunia seeds are teeny tiny. There’s a petunia plant in each speck?! Image by author

Botanical Interests Seeds

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botanical interests columbine rocky mountain blue seeds perennial

I also started some new Botanical Interests seeds: Canterbury Bells “Storybook Blend” a biennial type, and perennial “Rocky Mountain Blue” Columbines. This is my first order from Botanical Interests. So far, they’re a top notch outfit. With my order of various annual and perennial seeds, I also received a free seed packet of Mesclun¬†salad greens and a packet of Pollinator wildflower seeds.

I bought these seeds, pictured below, during their latest Memorial Day sale. The most expensive packet of seeds was the Mung Beans for sprouts, for about $2.50. All the other flowering seed packets were between 60 cents and $1.50 US.

First shipment from Botanical Interests. There’s also a very well produced, handy seed starting brochure included. Image by author

Columbine Seeds

I’ve had terrific luck with Columbines, they’re great fun to grow and enjoy when they bloom. Also, their seeds are a hoot to harvest. Their seed pods sound like maracas when shaken.

Columbines are very hardy: they’re the State Flower of Colorado, and nothing easy happens in Colorado. A profuse base of green mounding foliage erupts each spring. Their characteristically shaped leaves announce their presence in the garden. Then, tall stalks grow straight up, and before you know it, these gorgeous, delicate 5-petaled alpine flowers bloom. Must have perennials. They reseed themselves automatically.

Canterbury Bells Seeds

This will be my second go-round with Canterbury Bells. Biennials are a strange lot: They don’t really bloom the first year, but the second season they go NUTS. I think they self-seed easily. I’ve had terrific Canterbury Bells blooms the past few years, after planting some seeds in 2020 (?) and not seeing anything the first year.

What’s to love about Bells is that they just don’t stop blooming. All summer, bloom bloom bloom. Deadhead the browning, crispy dead flowers and you’ll be up to your eyeballs in lantern-shaped flowers.

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Petunias, Columbine, and Godetia seeds started. Image by author
Botanical Interests Canterbury Bells Storybook Blend seeds started
Canterbury Bells “Storybook Blend” seeds started. Image by author

Harvested Seeds Update

Update on seedlings from earlier in the year. Nearly all of my started-from-harvested-seeds are doing very well.

Mexican Sunflowers

Mexican sunflowers are rooting champions. I moved six seedlings to much larger containers. When I took the seedlings out of their temporary containers (they weren’t in there for more than 3 or 4 weeks, tops) their roots had found the bottom of the 4″ pot, and had circled around. Very strong growers!

To their 3 containers I also dropped in some Columbine, Godetia and Canterbury Bells seeds. Note how I placed the Columbine seeds at the ‘back’ of the container, and the shorter Godetias are rimming the front half.

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Mexican Sunflower seedlings starts, and Columbine Canterbury Bells and Godetia annuals in front. Image by owner

Swamp Milkweed

The amount of seed I harvested from my ONE milkweed plant is practically enough to populate the Earth entire. And I just might try to do that next year, now that I see how great these seedlings are. They’re all growing strong and tall. Like most starts-from-seeds perennials, the seedlings won’t be full size the first year.

swamp milkweed seedlings still going strong for me

I’ve got about 2 dozen starts in 4″ containers, and I’ve permanently planted about 6 in various locations in the estate various beds.

Rudbeckia

Full steam ahead for these perennial charmers! They’re not going to bloom this year, but they’re building a solid, strong base. I’ve given away about a third of the seedling starts I nurtured. I’ve got about 8 still in their 4″ containers, and I’ve planted a few permanently. Will definitely harvest a lot more seeds this Fall for later growing.

Lupine

These aren’t doing as well as I’d hoped. Perhaps I’m overwatering them. Lupines are wild flowers, so I’d expect them to do as well as anything. Anyway, my handful of seedlings are small and a little wimpy. I’ve lost 2 of 6. I started my Springtime Plant-palooza with just a few Lupine seeds, a mistake I shan’t make next year. However, the rogue lupine seeds I dropped down and forgot about? Yeah, those are finally coming in despite my neglect:

rogue lupine seedlings
My rogue Lupine seedlings, growing despite (because of?) my neglect. Image by author

There are about a dozen similar seedlings growing in this area I didn’t photograph. Oh, but it’ll be worth my time to cultivate more Lupine. Did you see how much Home Depot is charging for them? $22!

buy Lupine at home depot for $22, or grow yourself for nearly free and have a jungle.
Highway robbery at H-D: $22 US for a Lupine? Granted, it’s a great start, maybe 2nd season. Image by author

Russian Sage

I think that’s what this is…? Its leaves are light green, and smell of licorice when you crush between your fingers. The flowers are salvia-like, small tubular flowers jutting out from tall stems.

Snap Dragon

I’ve learned my lesson with these guys: even though their seeds are the tiniest ever, still only put at most 5 specks of seed per container. I must’ve let drop 20 seeds per container, and all I’m getting is this tight bundle of sprouts. Nothing’s flowered, nothing’s even close. Just lots of tiny green sprouts!

Gallardia Blanket Flower

Still not seeing much forward progress with these seedlings. I harvested a LOT of these seeds, but I only seeded half a dozen containers. I’ll do more next time, as they’re truly gorgeous flowering perennials.

Artichoke, Catnip, and Tomato Seeds

Finally, the last, latest seeds of note to hit the ground. Artichoke seeds are mostly coming up. One planter is only showing one seedling though. The packet of Catnip I started 2 weeks ago (?) are now coming up, tiny little green sprouts. And I rescued an old tomato in the refrigerator that was beginning to go bad, took seeds out of it, and put ’em in three different buckets of soil. Per Ed Hume Seeds’ suggestion, I added a few Stocks flower seeds with the tomato seeds.

Wrapping It Up

It’s been a busy, productive, wonderful June 2023 so far! Thank you for reading, and I can’t wait to share progress of my growing green babies through the Summer!

-Don

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After years of denying it, Donald finally admits one passion in life is gardening. More specifically: growing seeds, plants, flowers and edibles and helping them to be the best possible. Neighbors call him a Green Thumb. He lives in Western Washington with his wife of 24+ years and three cats.

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