Much has been said about society seed and I have had some disappointments over the years, not particularly with germination but with the seed not being as described on the tin, I know many people put in a great deal of effort to mange the seed-lists for which I am eternally grateful but results do vary. If you are interested in the types of plants I grow then I recommend the Scottish Rock Garden Club list for quality and accuracy, if you are going to a seed merchant try Plant World Seeds.
|There are four trays shown or 60 separate sowings and this isn't all!
These are left on the bench of a cold poly-tunnel.They are in trays
temporarily to stop inquisitive squirrels from knocking them off the
I always have a bit of a "lucky dip" selection but notice this year's are predominantly bulb or corm seeds so these will be going under the bench along with any others that haven't germinated in early summer.
Here is a selection of the seeds that have gone in this year:
Meconopsis(s) wallichii, staintonii, punicea, grandis, quintuplinervia.
Primula(s) stenodonta, miyabeana, forestii, daonensis, gemmifera zambalensis, tschuktschorum.
Aquilegia(s) bertolonii, fragrans.
Succisella inflexa Frosted Pearls.
Cryptotaenia japonica var. atropurpurea.
Lilium(s) davidii, oxypetalum insigne, pyrenaicum.
Cyclamen graecum × hederifolium.
Paeonia obovata alba.
With the cost of heating any form of outside protection having rocketed in recent years, it's not so much the actual germination but the growing on, cold sowing using society seed is an enjoyable and inexpensive way of either increasing your plant stock or just getting a few specimens of something which is not readily available and remember in some cases you are never quite sure what you are going to get, anything may emerge, which adds to the fun!