Saturday, March 26, 2011

Some Self Sowers! (Seed Sowing Saturday)

I really like plants that decide to take the work away from the gardener and sow their own seeds! Of course even the best plant that self sows could technically become a weed if planted in the wrong place, but since most are easily moved I really don't mind.  Today's Seed Sowing Saturday post is all about the self sowing plants coming up in my garden.

These rubeckia seedlings can be very prolific! As they take over the birdbath garden I'll thin them and move them to new homes.

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is also a prolific self-sower for my garden. In my opinion - you can never have enough coneflowers! My daughter and I moved 5-6 coneflowers to our front garden this week to help fill out a newer garden area.



Poppies are another very cool self sowing plant. You can spread them around a little by collecting the seed after they form their nifty little seed capsules. This year promises to be a big one for the poppies in our self sowing garden!



My golden ragwort is a good self sower too.  Gail from Clay and Limestone gave us the ragwort! It has some beautiful golden flowers in the late spring.


Hollyhocks are easy self sowers. This one germinated last year a little too close to the front sidewalk. After it blooms I'll remove it out since hollyhock is a biennial.
 

Now I need your help. Can you identify this seedling? I forgot what I planted in the self sowing garden!


Any ideas?

I think (Freda) Cameron hit the nail on the head with her ID of my seedling - larkspur!


To join in on Seed Sowing Saturday just link back to this post and tell us about your seed sowing experiences over the past week. Be sure to leave a link below so we can come over and visit your post! Oh, and a Tweet or a Facebook mention/like is always a good thing! Happy Seed Sowing!

Don't forget to go visit this week's seed sowers!

13 comments :

  1. Self-sowers are the greatest. I'm like you, and think you can't have too many coneflowers. They've spread nicely on our hillside between the house and the pool.

    I know I've seen the plant you're trying to identify, in fact, I think I have some of it. Unfortunately, its name escapes me. I'll be sure to post again if I remember.

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  2. I loved looking at all your seeds you have sowed. It is great that I came across your blog. I just purchased almost everyone of the seeds you mentioned in your post. Gave me some good insight on what to expect. I have never planted seeds outside and a bit nervous to. Looking forward to updates.

    -tryingtokeepitalive.blogspot.com

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  3. I think it may be larkspur...I have them growing everywhere..they are great self-sowers. I won't be posting my *seed-sowing Saturday again today: rain, rain, and more rain...we've had to sand-bag the shop...the garden is fine (yeah for raised cinder-block beds)..but the area between it and me has about a foot of water...rushing water! No thanks! See ya'all next Saturday!

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  4. I couldn't agree more about the coneflowers. Unfortunately, my soil doesn't seem to agree with them. I am trying again this year though! I would love to have some self-sowers, but so far not much is happening there.

    As for your mystery self-sower, I am guessing a geraniums of some sort. Good luck, I'm interested to know what it is. :)

    Here's my sss post for this week:

    http://greenlovegrass.blogspot.com/

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  5. Hi,

    Coneflowers never seem to self seed for me :(

    I do have many poppies around though. Hollyhocks here come back regularly, I'd never have guessed they're supposed to be Biennual. Two in my back garden are into their fourth season. Foxgloves here also seem to live for years, some I've had over 5 years!

    It looks like you have plenty of seeds sowing themselves, far less work for yourself and it's also nice to see where they place themselves! I've a Hollyhock coming up in a flower pot - it'll have to be moved! :)

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  6. Looks like larkspur to me, too. I grow those.

    Love the self-sowers. It has been a good year so far for all the sprouting seedlings. I think I have too many nigella! It only takes one year to have too many the following year.

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  7. Love coneflowers! Could your mystery plant be cosmos?

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  8. I've seen this plant before but can't think of it at present. I need to get my self sowing plants going. It would help me a lot.

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  9. Hello! After three weeks of Rain, I have seen some sun in California. I posted what I planted today and the cute flower I picked from my garden

    http://howisitincalifornia.blogspot.com/2011/03/little-sun-on-saturday-sowing-saturday.html

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  10. I like the free-range seedlings too, though it's still way too cold and snowy here for them to wake up. I'll have poppies, nigella, more poppies, sunflowers and probably a little dill around here, plus some of the perennials that self seed like rudbeckia, eryngium, asclepias. None are a problem for me. We just need some warm weather, is all...

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  11. Hey, I was going to say larkspur too! Self sowers are cool in the right places....your gardens are going to be a sea of color.

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  12. Poppies, Coneflower and Hollyhocks - Oh My! Am I jealous! Right now I'm looking out my front at a sea of self seeded Black Cherry Trees - with a deep sigh.

    Busy times here in Central Florida; getting the spring/summer garden in ahead of bug season; well at least trying to. And learning as we go.

    This week? Rainy days and plants for heat. A seed just loves the rain - as does my empty rain barrel.

    ~dianne

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