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Would some of you help me pare this seed list down?

Posted by phylrae z5a/centralNYS (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 29, 08 at 16:36

Hi everyone,
I haven't posted here very much, so most of you probably don't "know" me. :0)

I am a small "grower", in the sense that I just sell bouquets locally, to co-workers, & other people I meet, etc. I have done bouquets for graduation parties, retirement parties, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, teacher gifts, etc. It has been mostly word of mouth w/business cards my daughter made me a few years ago. My "business" has grown somewhat each year, but I don't grow for farmer's markets as many of you do. Still, I enjoy it immensely, and my husband and kids are very proud of me too!

Anyway, we have about 70 rose bushes, a hundred or more different asiatic, trumpet, OT, oriental & species lilies, several spuria and siberian irises. We also have interesting daffodils, some (not many) tulips, peonies, lupine, echinaceas, baptisia australis, daisies, dicentras,
monarda, japanese ferns, kniphofia, etc.

I was wondering if it would be ok with all of you if I listed the seeds I have collected (thru trades on GW and commercial seeds), and asked you to "critique" it/help me pare it down maybe 50% (to the best kinds/least difficult cultivars for a zone 5a garden!)
I DO NOT have a hoophouse or anything...it's all growing in my front, side and back yards! I have been winter-sowing as much as I can, with mixed results.

I will wait for your "go-ahead" before I list them all, because I don't want to overwhelm you.
Thanks so much!
:0) Phyl


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RE: Would some of you help me pare this seed list down?

  • Posted by pitt IN-Zone5 (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 30, 08 at 6:07

Phyl: What a wonderful array of perennials! I would love to see your listing of seeds. Pitt from Indiana Z5


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RE: Would some of you help me pare this seed list down?

Thanks so much for your warm welcoming attitude, Pitt. I just didn't want to post too much. I have a tendency to want to grow EVERYTHING that is gorgeous and interesting to ME, and very often customers want to know what "this" flower is and "that" flower is, never knowing it existed!


There are some here that are OBVIOUSLY not suitable for cutting (stem length-alyssum/hollyhock/morning glory, too "wild & rangy"-like ratibida, not long enough lasting-papaver?, or just not worth it in a zone with a short growing season like mine) but if something here "seems" unable to be cut, but YOU KNOW CAN be cut for SHORT bouquets, please inform me! I don't have that much more room in my yard, so I really need to pare this list down!

Also, if any of these are much better GROWING FROM AN ESTABLISHED PLANT, instead of by my starting from seed, would you mind letting me know? PS-I don't have any phlox yet! :0)

Agastache foeniculum Lavender Hyssop
Agastache Tutti frutti
Agastache rupestris
Alcea Dwarf Hollyhock Majorette Mix
Alcea Hollyhock Old Farmyard Mix
Alcea rosea Nigra-singles
Alcea rosea (hot pink hollyhock)
Alcea rosea (single pink,dk.pk.throat)
Alyssum Royal Carpet
Amaranthus Intense Purple-tall
Ammi majus
Antirrhinum Gumdrop Mix
Antirrhinum Large snap mix
Antirrhinum Tetra Mix
Aquilegia (pink)
Aquilegia (yellow)
Aquilegia Bonnets (pinks)
Aquilegia Mrs. Scott Ellis
Aquilegia Ruby Port
Aquilegia Wm. Guinness
Asclepias incarnata
Balsam Double Camellia Mix
Basilicum (Cinnamon/Mexican Basil Mix)
Bellis perennis (English daisy-pink)
Berkheya purpurea Zulu Warrior
Buddleia Honeycomb
Calendula Citrus Cocktail
Calendula Fancy Mix
Calendula Kablouna Dore
Calendula Kablouna Gold
Calendula Pacific Beauty
Calendula Porcupine
Calendula Radio
Calendula Sunny Girl Double
Calendula Touch of Red
Callistephus chinensis (Aster Crego mix)
Callistephus chinensis Orange Sherbet
Callistephus chinensis Powderpuff Mix
Callistephus chinensis Seastar Mix
Campanula persicifolia (Peachleaf Bellflower/blue)
Campsis radicans (yellow/apr.trumpet vines)
Canterbury Bells mix
Cardinal Vine
Celosia Burgundy Supercrest
Celosia spicata
Centaurea cyanus Mix (Bachelor's Buttons)
Centaurea cyanus Blue Boy
Centaurea cyanus Persian cornflower (pink)
Centaurea Cornflower "Black Ball"
Centaurea Double Mixed batchelor buttons
Centaurea imperialis Sweet Sultan
Centaurea Montana/mountain bluet
Chives (Herb)
Chrysanthemum carinatum (Love, but JBs devour these!)
Chrysanthemum coccineum/Perennial Painted Daisy
Chrysanthemum Coconut Ice
Cleome Four Queens Mix
Cleome Rose Queen
Coleus Rainbow Mix
Collinsia heterophylla (Chinese Houses)
Consolida Giant Imperial Mix Larkspur
Consolida Shades of Blue
Consolida Larkspur Kaleidoscope Mix
Consolida Larkspur Sublime Bicolor
Convolvulus(Bush-type morning glory) Blue Enchantment
Cosmos Double Click
Cosmos Seashells Mix
Cosmos Single Sensation Mixed Colors
Cosmos sulphureus Orange
Cosmos Sunset (orange/red)
Crocosmia/montbretia
Cynoglossum Mystery Rose
Dahlia Rainbow Mix
Dahlia Unwins Mix
Datura (large, white)
Delphinium Astolat
Delphinium Blue Mirror
Delphinium King Arthur
Delphinium Magic Fountains Mixed Colors (Dwarf)
Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William single mix)
Dianthus Chabaud Great Carnation Mix
**POSSIBLY Dianthus AMAZON purple coming (from a trade!!)**
Dicentra eximia (Fernleaf bleeding heart)
Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod)
Digitalis alba
Digitalis Camelot lavender
Digitalis Candy Mountain
Digitalis Excelsior Hybrids mixed colors
Digitalis purpurea Foxy mix
Dill (Organic), Bouquet
Echinacea pallida
Echinacea paradoxa
Echinacea tennesseensis
Echinacea White Swan
Echinops ritro
Erygium (blue)
Erysimum allionii (Wallflower-yellow/orange)
Eucalyptus Mix
Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)
French honeysuckle/scarlet (climber/scrambler)
Fritillaria langeolata
Fritillaria meleagris (Snakeshead/Checkered fritillary)
Gaillardia Aristata (Blanketflower)
Gaillardia Burgundy
Gaillardia Fanfare P *may not come true
Gaillardia Summer's Kiss
Gaillardia Sundance Bicolor
Gaillardia Yellow Sun
Gaura Siskiyou Pink
Gazania Sunset Colors
Gazania (white)
Gazania (white/purple stripe)
Geranium (Frost-Hardy mix)
Geranium pratense Splish Splash cranesbill
Gomphrena QIS mix
Gypsophilia elegans (pink)
Gypsophilia paniculata Early Snowball (white dbl.)
Gypsophilia (white baby's breath)
Helenium (red, I believe)
Helenium Bright Buttons
Helenium Mardigras
Helenium Moerheim Beauty
Helenium Red Army
Helianthus Double Quick Orange
Helianthus Honey Bear
Helianthus Infrared
Helianthus Lemon Aura
Helianthus Lemon Queen
Helianthus Mammoth Russian
Helianthus Monet's Palette
Helianthus Moulin Rouge
Helianthus Parasol Mix
Helianthus Pro Cut Lemon
Helianthus Pro Cut Orange
Helianthus Ring of Fire
Helianthus Sole Doro
Helianthus Sundance Kid
Helianthus Teddy Bear
Helichrysum Strawflower Dwarf Mix
Helichrysum Tall Double Mix
Heliopsis scabra Summer Sun
Hemerocallus "Pink"
Hemerocallus/various crosses
Hesperis matronalis (Dame's Rocket)
Hibiscus mosch.:Disco Belle/S.Belle mix
Iberis Dwarf Fairy (Candytuft)
Ipomea Heavenly Blue Morning Glory
Ipomea Choice Mixed Colors Morning Glory
Ipomea Crimson Rambler Morning Glory
Ipomea Sunrise Serenade Morning Glory
Iris (Spuria)
Lagurus ovatus (Bunny Tail Grass)
Lathyrus Bijou Mix
Lathyrus odoratus Spencer Mix
Lathyrus odoratus Old Spice Mix
Lathyrus Sweet Pea Burpee Patio Mix (bush type)
Leonotus leonurus
Leucanthemum Aglaia Shasta Daisy
Leucanthemum Alaska Shasta Daisy
Leucanthemum Crazy Daisy (*already have this growing)
Leucanthemum Silver Princess Daisy (same as above)
Leucanthemum Snow Lady Daisy
Leucanthemum Wirral Pride
Lilium Orienpet Mix
Lilium philippenense (white)
Linum rubrum (Scarlet Flax)
Lobelia cardinalis
Lupinus Russell's Hybrid Mix
Lychnis chalcedonica (Maltese Cross)
Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion)
Malope trifida (Mallow Vulcan)
Malva sylvestrus Zebrina
Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)
Mina Lobata - Spanish Flag
Moluccella Laevis (Bells of Ireland)
Monarda citriodora
Monarda lambada
Monarda Panorama Mix
Myosotis sylvatica Firmament Forget-Me-Nots
Narcissi (no description)
Nasturtium Scarlet Gleam Improved
Nigella hispanica Exotica (Love-in-a-Mist)
Nigella "Jewels" (Love-in-a-Mist)
Orlaya grandiflora
Papaver coral w/purple center
Papaver Danish Flag
Papaver Drama Queen
Papaver orientale mix (white, salmon, reds)
Papaver rhoeas
Papaver Shirley Mix (Double)
Papaver somniferum Black Peony Poppy
Papaver somniferum/Hot pink w/dk. ctr,fringed
Pardancanda norrissi-purples(have a y/o one growing already)
Passiflora Maypop
Penstemon Red Rocks
Polygonum orientalis(Kiss Me Over The Garden Gate)
Platycodon Balloon Flower
Platycodon Fuji Blue
Platycodon Axminster Streaked
Ratibida columnifera (Mexican Hat)
Rose Campion
Rudbeckia hirta Cherokee Sunset
Rudbeckia hirta Gloriosa Daisy Mix
Rudbeckia hirta Double Gold
Rudbeckia Green Wizard
Rudbeckia hirta Irish Eyes
Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun
Rudbeckia Sonora (*possibly-not sure)
Rudbeckia Toto
Salvia Bonfire
Scabiosa atropurpurea (deep red, frosted white)
Scabiosa Mix
Scabiosa (yellow)
Statice Mixed
Tabebuia (yellow)
Tagetes (Marigold) Crackerjack Mixed
Tagetes (Marigold) Harlequin
Tagetes (Marigold) Petite Yellow
Tagetes (Marigold) Simba
Tagetes (Marigold) Snowdrift
Tagetes (Marigold) Sweet Cream
Tagetes (Marigold) Tiger Eyes
Talinum paniculata (Jewels of Opar)
Tanacetum coccineum/Painted Daisies (pk/red)
Tecoma San Alata (orange honeysuckle)
Verbena bonariensis (Purpletop verbena)
Viola Tricolor "Miss Helen Mount"/Johnny Jump-Up
Zinnia Candy Cane Mix
Zinnia Elegans California Giant
Zinnia Giant Cactus Mix
Zinnia Giant Enchantress
Zinnia Giant Violet Queen
Zinnia Old Mexico
Zinnia Paintbrush Mixed Colors
Zinnia Persian Carpet
Zinnia Red Spider
Zinnia Royal Purple
Zinnia Scabiosa Pastel Mix
Zinnia Scarlet King
Zinnia State Fair Mix
Zinnia Whirligig
Zinnia Zowie! Flame
Perennial Wildflower Mix
Daisy Garden Wildflower Mix

After all of this, I hope that you are still my "friends" (wink).
:0) Phyl


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RE: Would some of you help me pare this seed list down?

50% ??

How about down to 10%. If you did all those you would need 5 FMs, unless you just have a few of each. You could plant it all and see what comes up.

My picks would be.

Amaranthus Intense Purple-tall
Ammi majus
Antirrhinum Large snap mix
Asclepias incarnata
Buddleia Honeycomb
Calendula Pacific Beauty
Canterbury Bells mix
Celosia Burgundy Supercrest
Centaurea Montana/mountain bluet
Consolida Giant Imperial Mix Larkspur
Consolida Larkspur Sublime Bicolor
Cosmos Double Click
Cosmos Seashells Mix
Cosmos Single Sensation Mixed Colors
Dahlia Rainbow Mix
Dahlia Unwins Mix
Delphinium Astolat
Delphinium Blue Mirror
Delphinium King Arthur
Delphinium Magic Fountains Mixed Colors (Dwarf)
Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William single mix)
Dianthus AMAZON purple coming (
Digitalis purpurea Foxy mix
Echinacea pallida
Echinacea tennesseensis
Echinacea White Swan
Echinops ritro
French honeysuckle/scarlet (climber/scrambler)
Gomphrena QIS mix
Helianthus Double Quick Orange
Helianthus Honey Bear
Helianthus Infrared
Helianthus Lemon Aura
Helianthus Lemon Queen
Helianthus Mammoth Russian
Helianthus Monet's Palette
Helianthus Moulin Rouge
Helianthus Parasol Mix
Helianthus Pro Cut Lemon
Helianthus Pro Cut Orange
Helianthus Ring of Fire
Helianthus Sole Doro
Helianthus Sundance Kid
Iris (Spuria)
Lathyrus Bijou Mix
Lathyrus odoratus Spencer Mix
Lathyrus odoratus Old Spice Mix
Lathyrus Sweet Pea Burpee Patio Mix (bush type)
Leucanthemum Crazy Daisy (*already have this growing)
Lilium Orienpet Mix
Lupinus Russell's Hybrid Mix
Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)
Moluccella Laevis (Bells of Ireland)
Monarda lambada
Nigella "Jewels" (Love-in-a-Mist)
Penstemon Red Rocks
Rudbeckia hirta Cherokee Sunset
Rudbeckia hirta Double Gold
Rudbeckia Green Wizard
Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun
Rudbeckia Sonora
Salvia Bonfire
Statice Mixed
Verbena bonariensis (Purpletop verbena)
Zinnia Elegans California Giant
Zinnia State Fair Mix

Good luck.

Bryan


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  • Posted by phylrae z5a/centralNYS (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 31, 08 at 19:35

Thanks so much, Bryan, for looking through and commenting on my list. Yes, I would only be planting a few of each seed to use in my bouquets. If anyone else wants to add anything, feel free. I really appreciate your input. :0) Phyl


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RE: Would some of you help me pare this seed list down?

Phyl -- Wow, how would I pare down someone else's list when I'm over two hundred on my own!!

If just seeding now, then most of the perennials, snaps, etc. would be late for this season. Most of the poppies, hermerocallis, cardinal climber & gazanias wouldn't be ideal cuts. I'd skip the petite marigolds & Bijou sweet peas for their short stems, etc. (BTW Bijou has been around a long time and I helped name the original little baby!!!)

A few of my favorites to go with your established plants are the cinnamon basil, Amazon Neon dianthus,scabious & cactus zinnias, statice & Celosia spicata.


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Sounds great, paveveggie. It's finally getting warmer here...looking forward to doing the rose pruning soon.
:0) Phyl


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