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  •  I had a surprise success last summer (2+ / 0-)
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    BlueJessamine, GreenMother

    Last spring while still cold out, I wanted to start some seeds ......just to be doing something really. I found a pill bottle with Begonia seeds (I had collected them from the yard in 2010), so I thought what the heck? I put seed starter mix in a pie pan, wet it, then sprinkled on seeds. I forget how long before any germinated, but when they did, OMG......I think they all came up. I've never seen so many seedlings. I should have thinned them waaaaaaaaaaaaay more than I did, but when the time came I transplanted them and nearly all of the tiny things I put out made it.
    It was wonderful watching them grow and then bloom. The seeds came from the ordinary pink, red, and white Begonias (both red and green leaves),  but a few were far nicer than the parents.  They were white with red tipped petals and very large blooms and some were a unique red/pink. I have more of those seeds left, so I might try them again.

    •  Well that is just lovely. I have collected seeds (1+ / 0-)
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      for the following wildlflowers on the property:

      Spotted Mint
      Wine Cups
      Wild Sunflowers
      Snake root [a relative of iron weed]
      Green Milkweed

      I hope I have as much luck with them as you did with those begonias.

      I hope you get lots of blooms this next season as well.

      •  Hope you have good luck (1+ / 0-)
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        That sounds like an interesting collection. Many wildflowers are gorgeous.
        I have some old petunia seeds I call my porch petunias. They have medium flowers and are the most fragrant petunias ever. The originals must have come from some older strains before they bred the odor out. I might get busy and try a few. I cut back pretty drastically on how much I plant around the yard when I ceded the war to the deer. Anything they like to eat has to go in a fenced area, and the areas outside the fence are limited to what they dislike. Boo......but I love watching them.

        •  You can find high-scent petunias in Heirloom (0+ / 0-)

          seed catalogs, the bees love them.
          Just an FYI.

          Keep those Porch Petunias going, someday we might be buying your heirloom seeds :)
          That's how that happens.

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