TOUCHWOOD SEED-LIST 2022

NOTE TOUCHWOOD IS NOW TRADING from GORSEINON. This is 2022 seedlist, first on this website since moving, and SPECIAL OFFER, the seeds are now far cheaper than the 2014 prices of £1.50-£2.50/packet! Mix and match with my very special Aquilegia seeds. 

Seed of unusual, rare & cottage garden plants.

£1.50/packet

6 or more: £1.25/packet 

20 or more: £1.00/packet 

              

I have a keen interest in unusual garden plants  (okay, okay, I’m obsessed with them!!).  I especially enjoy growing from seed as I am awed by the miraculous process of germination.  I love aquilegias (granny bonnets/ columbines), and I have a special collection of rare sorts, here in Swansea. Perhaps you’ll be tempted by some of the seed, not just for singles, but also doubles, bicolours and scented forms.  

 TESTIMONIALS: "Your list of seeds is very impressive"  " Congratulations again on a wonderful seedlist" I M Miller, Galashiels "Order received safe and sound. I appreciated your generous choice of plant seeds  and the Aquilegia Connoisseur's Choice seeds included in my bumper bundle of Terrific Twenty* for £8, but I've noticed that Chiltern are selling them at £3.40/packet!" D Caldwell, Kent  2007.  "A pleasure to deal with, I feel like visiting your garden - and I would love to see pictures of it.  I hope to deal with you again very soon, kids, work, studying and of course - time permitting!  Once again, thanks, and I wish you continued success!" "Parfait ,Bon Produit Conforme Bien Emballé Envoi Rapide RECOM. à l'INTERNATIONAL"
 

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   HINTS, easiest to browse this long table on a PC. Looking for particular plant? It's alphabetical order... or use the 'find' dialogue box (on a PC hit ctrl &f)

Looking for something different? Do give something new a try, and you'll find lots of ideas here!  

Wondering how to order? No, I don't use a basket and pay system, instead just email me your wishlist and I'll check availability and let you know. Payment direct bank transfer or cash (I cannot take cheques whilst shielding with Covid, sorry).

  • The bees have had their fun, and as all my plants are open pollinated, aquilegias and many other cultivars cannot to guaranteed to come true to type, I select seed from the correct seed parent.
  • Often, I may only have a few packets of seed of a certain type. So please give plenty of alternatives, or ring/e-mail for availability.
  • HOW MANY SEEDS IN A PACKET? Usually 'enough'! Unless stated otherwise, there is at least 25 seeds and sometimes even double that amount.

PHOTOGRAPHS are great, but COLOURS aren't always perfect: eg understand that ordinary photos tend to make blues look more purple and digital photos make the blues look clearer! So please use the photos with this in mind and take the written description as more realistic.  However, MOST of the photos are taken of the actual plant from which the seed was harvested....that's good, isn't it?   

  

KEY: 'NEW for 20xx'' means new this year, either for the first time or after a time of unavailability on the seedlist                     Carrie Thomas-

 

SEED-LIST  2022 

Below are seeds  of ornamentals EXCEPT Aquilegia  by Alphabetical Latin-name.

 

To order:  email me a list of seeds that you'd like, I'll check availability and confirm total costs with you. 

 AGASTACHE  ex 'Golden Jubilee'  (h)a

 Delightful in all ways: golden foliage, bee-loved purple flowers and aniseedy fragrance to the leaves.

NEW FOR 2022

AQUILEGIA

SEEDS

TOUCHWOOD  COLLECTION

 

Granny's Bonnets

Columbines 

Follow this link for a whole page! hp

ALCEA HOLLYHOCKS MIXED hb/p The sheer height and floriferousness of hollyhocks always brings a smile to my face!  Flowers the year after a spring sowing, and sometimes dies and otherwise comes back to flower again the next year.

Choose last years seeds (double-sized) if you want seed from: only pink or only very dark form
 atriplex

hortensis rubra  

ha

Purple Orache: a hardy annual that self-seeds each year.  Ornamental foliage plant to 1m or more with luscious deep purple-black leaves.  Luscious?  Yes, edible as a leaf to mix into salads, where the almost black leaves contrast fantastically with green salad leaves. The colour is rather darker than the camera shows.The seed-heads are fantastic in flower arrangements. NEW FOR 2022

 
  ALYSSUM

saxatile

 

newer name:

Aurinia saxatile

 

 hp  PERENNIAL yellow rock garden plant...or for the front of the border.

NEW FOR 2022

ANGELICA sylvestris ex 'Ebony'   One of the magnificent angelicas, this one has dark stems and leaves and strong dark ponk flowers. Stunning, everyuone wanted a plant when they saw it flowering in my garden!
NEW FOR 2022
ANTHRISCUS sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

hb/p What a black-and-white beauty! Dark, filigree leaves topped with lacy white flowers.

NEW FOR 2022

ANTIRRHINUM  Mixed perennial snapdragons
hp Snapdragon. Fun flowers, often flowering first year from seed... and then each year! Seed from all shades of pinks, magentas and cerises.

NEW FOR 2022

ANTIRRHINUM  ex white forms snapdragons
hp Snapdragon. Here from white ones

NEW FOR 2022

ANTIRRHINUM  ex pink snapdragon
hp Snapdragon. Here from pink one

NEW FOR 2022

ANTIRRHINUM  OOPS MIXES Foxglove ex white form PLUS
antirrhinums mix of pinks & cerises.
Why buy 2 packets when 1 will do!!!
hb

NO, DON'T LAUGH!!!!!  Anyone could have done this.... put some antirrhinum seed pods in with the white foxglove pods!

This is mix 1: approx 60% white foxgloves.

Mix 2 is mainly white foxgloves, but a small chance of snapdragons.

NEW FOR 2022

 ARMERIA  

 

maritima  THRIFT

 hp Our native wildflower that adorns cliffs especially here on the Gower, makes a great garden plant, seen here on my rock garden. NEW FOR 2022  
 ARMERIA  

 

maritima  THRIFT ex WHITE FORM

 hp Seed from the white form of the above. Cutting the photo for the website I noticed it has BLUE pollen!!!
 NEW FOR 2022
 
 ARMERIA  

pseudoarmeria ex BALLERINA 

ex lilac form

also no pic ex white form

 

 

 hp This Ballerina series is a recent introduction and brings in a wider range of colours and leaves that are wider and strongly growing. Sorry, poor pic....
 NEW FOR 2022
 
 ARMERIA  

pseudoarmeria ex BALLERINA 

ex orangy-red form

also no pic ex white form

 

 

 hp  WOW WHAT A COLOUR!!
This Ballerina series is a recent introduction and brings in a wider range of colours and leaves that are wider and strongly growing.
 NEW FOR 2022
 
astrantia  major  hp  Masterwort…now are you any the wiser?  Very long flowering, whether in garden or in a vase.  You will inspect each flowerhead for its delicate appearance, yet it’s robust enough to take your thumb waving through it to feel its structure.  From the white form. Attractive leaves.
 BRIZA  

maxima

 ha Growing to about 1 metre, this is the extraordinary giant quaking grass. Absolutely enormous quaking lockets, loads to each stem.  A hardy (naturalising) annual, great for fresh and dried flower arrangements.    article link  
CALENDULA officinalis
Pot Marigold  Mix
ha/b/p   Cheerful Calendulas always make my heart sing. Here's a mix of singles and doubles, dark and light centres.
BTW it's called POT marigold as it was used in the cooking pot. I like to sprinkle the petals in salads, and use the petals when cooking rice to impart a gentle colour and flavour.
CAMPANULA ex punctata alba
 (I believe)
hp Fantastic plant with clean white elongated bells. Watch out for slugs!
NEW FOR 2022
CAMPANULA persicifolia
peach-leaved bellflower ex white form
hp Easy from seed, slugs leave it alone (except for seedling stages) and should gently self-sow for you.
NEW FOR 2022
CAMPANULA trachelium hp Blue-purple flowers. The nettle-leaved bellflower, 2-3', resplendent in early summer..  A good ‘doer’, which gently self-seeds. And is slug-proof.
CAMPANULA trachelium
ex white double form
hp The nettle-leaved bellflower, here in white form and DOUBLE, isn't that lovely?  I hope it comes true from seed, I understand it should do so.  And is slug-proof.NEW FOR 2022
CAMPANULA rotundifolia   HAREBELL ha/p A native wildflower, this does well in gardens and will flower the first year from an earlish sowing.    NEW FOR 2022
CENTRANTHUS ruber
Red Valerian, ex dark pink/red form
hp Often seen growing wild, does great under hedges, sprawling over walls or in borders. Flowers almost non-stop over summer months. Beware enthusiastic seeding via the wind-blown parasols!
NEW FOR 2022
CENTRANTHUS ruber
Red Valerian, ex white form
hp See above. I only have one white plant, so it may have cross-pollinated. White seedlings are usually whiter-green stemmed.
NEW FOR 2022
 
 chelidonium  

 

 

 

 

majus fl.pl.

 hp Double form of the native greater celandine (absolutely no relation to, and nothing like the lesser celandine).

Perky yellow flowers decorate a mound of great foliage over a long flowering season. Generously self-sows (if you let it!).

 
 COLLINSIA

heterophylla

Chinese Houses

 hha  I grew this myself for the first time last year (2021) and enjoyed the unusual flowers which I grew mainly in ,ixed containers. It's seeded about but I see it is a half-hardy so the baby seedlings won't make it through the winter. If they do, I'll let you know next year!
NEW FOR 2022
 CONVOLVULUS

tricolor  MIX

Dwarf Morning Glory

 ha  These plants always attracted the interest of garden visitors. Ones in containers were bushily flofiferous but went over more quicklythan the stragly plants in my poor clay soil, which bore a few final flowers into November this year ... 2021 Loks of colours and markings, here's a purple and pink form.
NEW FOR 2022
 CONVOLVULUS

tricolor  ex blue form

Dwarf Morning Glory

 ha  See above. These are seed collected only from the blue & white form, my favourite of all the varied colours and markings. Will they come true or a mix of other colours? I will have to find out!
NEW FOR 2022
 clematis   tangutica ex 'Bill Mackensie'  hp  The orange peel clematis, yet its yellow flowers suggest lemon peel to be a more accurate description!  An extrordinarily easy-from-seed clematis, may even flower first year from an early sowing.

And just look how attractive the seed heads are.....glorious tresses!

 
DAUCUS carota ex 'Purple Kisses' ha/b An ornamental carrot grown for its flowers!  Usually white, these are a beautiful burgundy (goodness knows why they are called PURPLE kisses!!
DIANTHUS armeria

Deptford pink

hb Deepest pink flowers open individually over a long period. NEW FOR 2022

Deptford Pink article

Dianthus

 barbatus

Sweet William Mix

hb

Sweet William from the plants in my garden, mixed colours.

NEW FOR 2022

Dianthus

carthusianorum 

Carthusian pink

hp

New for me in 2021 and pleasingly flowered the first year from seed. I've seen it elsewhere looking dramatic in a clump. My seed was from the named 'Rupert's Pink'

NEW FOR 2022

Dianthus

 

deltoides
ex dark red form
hp

These are so easy from seed, and grow pleasingly rapidly. So far I've found they come true colour from seed.

Great rockery plant, or front of the border, you can also use it as a foliage 'lawn', but it shouldnt be trodden on.

 

Dianthus

 

deltoides
ex white form
hp

See details above. This is the form I grow as a 'lawn' under my lollipop box! Photo shows it the first year of flowering, 1 year after sowing, it's far more dense now 18 months from sowing.

 

Dianthus

deltoides
ex 'Arctic Fire'
hp

See details above. Why have I never seen this before, it is absolutely stunning and so easy from seed, which germinated in just 2 days during a heatwave! Already a must-have plant for me.

NEW FOR 2022

 

DIGITALIS     

lanata 

hp Woolly or Grecian Foxglove. Love the colours and netted markings.
NEW FOR 2022
 DIGITALIS  purpurea
ex usual purple

 

 hb  Foxglove.  Easy from seed, just dont sow too thickly! From a large rosette of strong leaves in the first year, the next year/s up will shoot a tall flowering stem/s.
NEW FOR 2022
DIGITALIS   purpurea ex white form hb

Select seedlings with no purple in the leaf stem.

DIGITALIS   purpurea ex white spotted form hb

I just cannot find my pic of the actual plant in my garden so put a similar one. The seed is one from larger spotted marks.  With this form you cannot 'select seedlings with no purple in the leaf stem.'

NEW FOR 2022

DIGITALIS  OOPS MIXES purpurea ex white form PLUS
antirrhinums (snapdragons) mix of pinks & cerises.
Why buy 2 packets when 1 will do!!!
hb

NO, DON'T LAUGH!!!!!  Anyone could have done this.... put some antirrhinum seed pods in with the white foxglove pods!

This is mix 1: approx 60% white foxgloves.

Mix 2 is mainly white foxgloves, but a small chance of snapdragons.

NEW FOR 2022

DIPSACUS  fullonum  hp

5-8'

 The teasel.  A biennial whose first year rosette suddenly ‘takes off’ in the second year to create a candelabra of masses of purple flower heads.  Use fresh or dried in flower arrangements, or leave on the plant for dramatic winter interest, birds will be grateful for the feed of seeds. Self sows year-to-year.  Unusual for the way it traps insects in leafy, watery graves to ensure nitrogen for growth. The photo shows how the leaf bases are joined around the central stem to form a watery moat. Dipsacus fullonum in beautiful bud
ECHINOPS ritro 15 seeds
Blue Globe Thistle
hp Rarely seen, especially for sale, this is a majestic plant, kindly offering up their stunning flowers at head height, all the better to see the intricasies of the flower and also admire the bumbles who delight in these! These seeds are, I think, the worst ones I have to harvest: from prickly sheaths I have to excavate to find if there is actually a seed there to liberate. Time consuming and prickly. So only 15 seeds/packet (OR YOU excavate on ones I've checked have seeds in and get a full 25 seeds/packet)
ERIGERON karvinskyanus hp A willing, enthusiastic flowerer for months on end, this daisy looks great tumbling down walls or lining steps.
It self-sows gently and then you'll find it in all sorts of nooks and cranny's that you'd never have thought a plant would fit!
 ERYNGIUM   eburneum 
 hp  A perennial sea holly, with an exceedingly good winter rosette. The leaves are long with softish spines, looking quite exotic in the winter garden, and stunning in a pot.  In summer, architectural 5’-6’ high flower stems sport masses of green flower-heads. Oh, and it’s slug-proof.
 FOENICULUM

 

vulgare, bronze form

 hp BRONZE FENNEL 

The filamentous leaves are especially beautiful in the spring as they unfurl, darkly. Reaching head-height, all parts are edible, including the multiheaded flowerheads and the seeds. Oh, the roots, are they edible? Anyone know? But then you'd not want to eat them and loose a long season of interest: April 'til the frosts, and even then as seedheads for winter architectural interest and for feeding the birds.  NEW FOR 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 FRANCOA Bridal wreath.  hp   Low clumps of fresh foliage with tall wands bearing flowers that are pink but well marked with deep pink/red at the centre.  Charming anywhere, incl dry shade.
GALEGA officinalis
French Lilac,
Goat's Rue
This I call '2-tone lilac', one customer said it was like wisteria... yeah!!!
hp
cl
What a stunner! Smothered in flowers each year for a long season, and the foliage is rich and green. Dying down to the ground each year, the new growth will CLAMBER up to about 2M, 6' (support appreciated, not self-clinging).
Being a legume it fixes nitrogen and does superbly even on the poorest soils. All my plants were clones and I never had seeds. Then I also grew the white and purple form (from white seeds) and hey presto! I got seeds on all, so I assume it is not self fertile. Therefore seeds will be hybrids and there's no way of knowing which flowers will come from them.
NEW FOR 2022
GALEGA officinalis
French Lilac,
Goat's Rue
This I call '2-tone purple', and is subtley different from 2-tone lilac one.
hp
cl
See above, note these seeds will be hybrids and there's no way of knowing which flowers will come from them.
NEW FOR 2022
GALEGA officinalis
French Lilac,
Goat's Rue
This is seed from white form (pic also has some of the 2-tone purple with it.
hp
cl
See above, note these seeds will be hybrids and there's no way of knowing which flowers will come from them.
NEW FOR 2022
GERANIUM palmatum (20 seeds) (h)p Very unusual and quite rare in gardens is this magnificent Geranium.  It's not totally hardy, so plant it in the most sheltered space, possibly under the edge of a shrub that protects from winter cold.

Lovely leaves, looking particularly good in the spring before much else has awoken, and swathes of pink flowers standing strongly above the foliage.
Geranium palmatum at Touchwood
  GERANIUM  pratense striatum (12 seeds)
 
 hp  

Known as ‘Splish-Splash’. Streaked blue-&white flowers, very different. Usually comes true from seeds. It's difficult to collect these seeds as the plant catapults them when ripe! So only 12 seeds... but look at what other sellers charge for them!

NEW FOR 2022

 GERANIUM  pratense ex
Dark leaved form
(6 seeds)
hp

Beautiful purple-leaved  Meadow Cranesbill.  Easy to select the ones with PURPLE leaves just after germination.  Delightful and different!

Horrendously expensive as I harvested few seeds before they exploded away, even so I believe 6 seeds for £1 is very good value, and even at £1.50 is competitive. NEW FOR 2022

 
  GERANIUM  pyrenaicum  ex
f. albiflorum
hp  Cranesbill. Masses of white flowers, and as good as its standard pink brother in all other ways.  A must-have!  
  GERANIUM  pyrenaicum ex white-
eyed purple
(20)
hp Pyrenean Cranesbill.Masses of small and cheerful white-eyed purpley-blue flowers, very desirable! As with all of these, they will flower in the 1st year of sowing.
 GERANIUM  sanguineum
Bloody cranesbill
(6 seeds)
hp

Known as Bloody Cranesbill not for its colour but because it stanches blood!.  Kids delight in naming this wildflower, seed here is from shown cultivar.

Horrendously expensive as I harvested few seeds before they exploded away, even so I believe 6 seeds for £1 is very good value, and even at £1.50 is competitive.  NEW FOR 2022

GEUM ex 'Mrs Bradshaw' hp Seems to come true from seed, a gorgeous scarlet-red, semi-double flowers.
GEUM ex 'Lady Stratheden'
Last year's seeds so double-sized packets
hp This form has bright yellow semi-double flowers.
GEUM ex  'ladies Mix'
Both the above forms
Last year's seeds so double-sized packets
hp Both the scarlet-red and the yellow  semi-double flowers.
GYPSOPHILA cerastioides hp Great rockery perennial, does extremely well in my rock garden, expanding satisfyingly as a large cushion of foliage, and looking even better in flower.
NEW FOR 2022
HELIANTHUS annuus
Sunflower
ha Beloved sunflowers, here in a multi-headed variety.
Slugs find them very tasty when young, later its no problem.
 HESPERIS  

matronalis ex hint of lilac form  

 hb  Sweet Rocket. Cottage garden biennial: sweet rocket, with clove scented, edible flowers at 1m or more, will self seed gently if allowed. 

Seed from hint of lilac form. Expect some cross-pollination to have occurred so other colours also likely!

New for 2022

 HESPERIS  

matronalis MIXED

 hb  Sweet Rocket. Cottage garden biennial: sweet rocket, with clove scented, edible flowers at 1m or more, will self seed gently if allowed. 

Seed from white, purple and hint of lilac forms.

New for 2022

 
IBERIS umbellata
Candytuft
ha/b Great annual (even better if sown autumn and overwintered), with perky and pretty flowers in pinks, purples and white. Easy peasy plant, and will self sow if you let it.
IMPATIENS balfourii ha Is that an orchid? I often get asked about this unusual annual. No, it's actually related to busy lizzies! Really willing and able, giving loads of pleasure from the dolphin-buds to the delicate flowers and even the scary-to-collect explosive seedpods. Will seed around if you let it.
NOTE: This is like a small and bushy version of the dire Himalayan balsam that cloggs our riverbanks. Just in case these seeds can also survive water logging, I ask you not to grow where seeds can enter watercourses, and that includes plants throwing seeds where they can be washed into drains.
LATHYRUS perrenial  sweetpea hpcl Perennial sweetpeas are strong growers, dying back to the groud each winter before exploding into growth in spring.
Great masses of flowers, good in a vase, they just miss the scent of the annuals.
LAVATERA arborea variegata
hb/p The variegated leaved tree mallow, with pink flowers.  The beautifully variegation develops during the first autumn, the leaves are large and very tactile, being softer than velvet.  Will you be able to keep the leaves on the plant all winter or will the flower-arranger in the family strip it? Deep pink mallow flowers on bushy, shrubby 5-6' plants.

Highly recommended.

LAVENDULA angustifolia
 Lavender, this is the
English lavender rather than the french species.
hb

Lavender. Surely needs no introduction! Seeds are from one with, well, lavender flowers rather than the darker form shown on the pic.

LILIUM Unknown yellow, tall (4-5') and strong, has thrived and increased in 3 years. hblb

Most lilies I plant are expensive yet soon dwindle and die off, so for this one to have increased in 3 years is a miracle! Mine grow in poor soil under an apple tree in a bed of mixed planting.

Growing lilies from seed is a challenge... sow as soon as possible outside in autumn/winter and expect a spring germination, and then wait a few years to flowering size.

LILIUM regale
Regal lily
may be the all-white form, the usual with darker buds, or a mix of both!
hblb

This one does quite well in my garden, beware slugs with all lilies when they start to emerge in spring... then beware the dire red lily beetle and they horrid excrement-covered larvae. Hope I've not put you off....

Growing lilies from seed is a challenge... sow as soon as possible outside in autumn/winter and expect a spring germination, and then wait a few years to flowering size.

LINARIA purpurea hp

Tall, slim spires of massed purple flowers...so easy from seed that it will flower the first year!

 

LINARIA purpurea

ex 'Springside White'

hp

Just as easy as the above from seed but collected from plants with white flowers.

 

LINARIA purpurea MIX
ex purple form &

ex 'Springside White'

hp

Just as easy as the above from seed but here with pink flowers. The white form will not have purple tinge to stems so you can select a balanced mix at seedling stage.

Bumbles love both colours!

NEW for 2022

Lunaria annua
 ex
cerise flowered
hb

Honesty. Photo shows the cerise colour either side of the usual purple form for comparison... far richer in colour.

Peel the seedpods to reveal the dried 'flower' of silver pennies, they last indoors for MANY years.

Lunaria annua
 ex
alba
hb

Honesty. Seed from my white flowered plants.

Lunaria annua MIX of cerise and white hb

Honesty. Seed from both cerise and  white flowered plants.

 
LYCHNIS coronaria, this is ex cerise form hp

 With cerise flowers, and contrasting grey felted foliage

Note I grow 3 colours in my garden, so you may get some surprises!

 

LYCHNIS coronaria
ex alba
hp

 Lovely furry, soft foliage. With white flowers, very cool.

Note I grow 3 colours in my garden, so you may get some surprises!

 

LYCHNIS coronaria occulata group
ex

'Angel's Blush'

hp

Pink-centred white flowers. Absolutely lovely.

Note I grow 3 colours in my garden, so you may get some surprises!

LYCHNIS coronaria
ex bright pink form
hp

After swapping seed with a new gardening friend I have a couple of packets of this colour, a strong bright pink. I THINK this is the colour but didn't see it growing in her garden, though she knew it wasn't  as dark as what I call cerise!

New for 2022

LYCHNIS flos cuculi
ex
'White Robin'
white form of ragged robin.
hp

Most people love the fancy fringed flowers of our native wildflower ragged robin. Here's the white form, it's easy from seed. It appreciates a spot in the garden that won't dry out in heatwaves (we wish!)

 

Malva moschata
Musk Mallow
hp

The musk mallow.  This perennial has pretty purpley-pink flowers over a long season.  Attractive spring growth. Flowers first year from seed. Edible flower and leaf (very tasty, reminiscent of the smell of nettles when you cut them down).

Malva moschata
Musk Mallow
ex alba, white form
hp

The white form of musk mallow (open pollinated).  This perennial has pretty purpley-pink flowers over a long season.  Attractive spring growth. Flowers first year from seed. Edible flower and leaf (very tasty, reminiscent of the smell of nettles when you cut them down).

meconopsis  cambrica
(yellow)
hp The native wildflower: Welsh Poppy. A hardy perennial with yellow flowers on waving wand stems.  If you want to buy the Welsh Poppy, where better than from Wales!  

 

meconopsis  cambrica
ex yellow double
hp DOUBLE form of the native wildflower: Welsh Poppy. Like all these poppies, sow (barely cover seed) and expect slow and erratic germination, so don't let the top of the compost dry out. Hopefully some of offspring will be doubles.  

 

meconopsis  ex cambrica aurantica hp The pretty orangey-red form of the Welsh Poppy.  Note there are varying shades of orange in my collection.... May be doubles as well.  
meconopsis  ex cambrica aurantica hp From a double form of the orangey-red Welsh Poppy.  
meconopsis  cambrica 

Oranges & Lemons Mix

hp Mix of the yellow and orange single forms.  
melissa  officinalis 

hp Lemon Balm. Easy herb, forms an ever-increasing clump.
Wonderful tea: use 3-4 sprigs in boiling water, drink hot or chilled.
 
Milium

effusum  'Aureum'

hp  Bowles' Golden Grass.  Brightest yellow springtime foliage, airy flower-heads.

Myosotis forget-me-not
seed from good blue cultivar
hb Who would be without cheery forget-me-not in their garden? It will self-sow year to year if you let it, so you need never be without this harbinger of spring.
New for 2022
NICOTIANA mutabilis hha/p A tobacco flower with a difference! How's this for multi-coloured flowers on the same plant!
NIGELLA damascena
Love-in-a mist
... or Devil-in-a-bush for the seedpods!
ha
 OENOTHERA  

 

 

biennis

 hb Evening primrose.  Large, bright yellow scented flowers.
 OnopordUm  

acanthium

 hb Scots' Thistle.  Fantastically woolly-soft silver leaves (with prickles) that form a rosette in the first year. The next year the flowering stem quickly grows....well above head height ... and showers of purple, architectural flowers bloom over a long period.
 ORIGANUM  

 

 marjoram ex pink flowers

 hp MARJORAM.  Wonderful richly scented foliage on this indispensible herb. Beloved by bees..
Don't know proper names, but this one has pink flowers.
New for 2022
 ORIGANUM  

 

 marjoram ex white flowers

 hp MARJORAM.  Wonderful richly scented foliage on this indispensible herb. Beloved by bees..
Don't know proper names, but this one has white flowers... sorry for the poor pic of actual flowers.... but bees of all sorts love both types.
New for 2022
OXALIS valdeviensis

 

ha Oh boy, am I pleased to finally offer these seeds! An extremely pleasing, self-sowing annual with a continuing succession of yellow flower heads on 1' high stems. Hard to collect seeds as the seed capsules, being explosive, catapult seeds around before I even know they are ready!
PAPAVER  Red & black poppy  ha

 

 Don't know the proper name of this one but its a slightly double, strong growing one! Poppies dont like root disturbance so I sow a few seeds in modules, and leave the best 1-2 seedlings.

 

PAPAVER  MIX of above and field poppy ones  ha

 

 Poppies dont like root disturbance so I sow a few seeds in modules, and leave the best 1-2 seedlings.

 

PAPAVER somniferum  ex
pink paeoniflorum
 ha

Opium poppy. What a stunner! Poppies dont like root disturbance so I sow a few seeds in modules, and leave the best 1-2 seedlings.  Enough to sow direct.

PAPAVER orientalis
Oriental Poppy
 ha

Oriental poppy, with beautifully shining crumpled petals and great buds. Here's germinating advice: Oriental Poppy Seeds – Germinating and Caring For Oriental Poppies (Papaver Orientale) | One Stop Poppy Shoppe Blog

PELTOBOYKINIA species hp Grown mainly for its very ornamental leaves... rather unberella-like. Prefers shade.
New for 2022
PENSTEMON ex 'Polaris Purple' hp I don't know if these will come true from seed, but I'm trying, will you?
PENSTEMON hirsutus ex pygmaeus
Hairy Beardtongue
hp A delightful rockery plant that was easy to grow from seed. It has really smooth leaves so I couldn't understand why its specific name is hirsutus.  Then I discovered the even more weird common name was beardtongue, what on eath is that about? Turns out there's a hairy staminoid in the throat of the flower... a bearded-tongue!!! Next year I'll try to get a close-up pic of a flower, meanwhile this is the best I can do!
New for 2022
polemonium Unknown sort
I got it as 2 different sorts of Polemonium, they both came out the same... sorry, I only have a poor pic.
hp  Jacob’s ladder. Attractive, ladder-like leaves and heads of blue flowers during the summer months. About 18"-2'

The flower really is lovely...yellow-centred blue-purple blooms, and the polemonium's dstinctive ladder-like foliage.

New for 2022

 POTENTILLA recta hp Many potentillas creep but this is erect ('recta') to about 12-18", and so the flowers can better be appreciated. Has a quiet charm and is a perfect foil for other flowers over most of the summer months. Can flower first year from seed.
SALVIA sclarea ex turkestanica
Buds
hb/p Clary Sage.  Very unusual hardy biennial/ short-lived perennial salvia with beautiful blue & white flowers with pink bracts. Unfortunately one of those flowers that photos can never do justice to.
New for 2022
SAXIFRAGA mossy, ex 'White Pixie' hp Charming and easy rock garden plant, spreads horizontally but always neatly.
White flowers, but red buds!
New for 2022
SCABIOSA Scabious hp Well double pink flowers.
New for 2022
schizostylis
Though I hear we should call it Hesperantha
coccinea now.
coccinea
Schizostylis or Hesperantha coccinea
hp The astounding and slug-proof Kaffir Lily, with crimson flowers in October when most plants are going to sleep for winter. Trouble-free, beautiful, and evergreen. Schizostylis or Hesperantha coccinea at Touchwood 
SIDALCEA ex 'Party Girl' hp  I was delighted not to be able to tell the difference between offspring and my original plant. Very easy and satisfying to grow. 
SILENE

'Ray's Golden Campion'

hp I love this. Strong golden foliage and pink flowers over an amazingly long period. I've cut mine back in June towards end of flowering and was rewarded by some more flowers in Aug-October.
sisyrinchium  striatum hp  Flowers the year after sowing, with cream-and-yellow flowers up 50 cm flowering spikes.  Clumps in flower are an arresting sight! Evergreen iris-like foliage.
TANACETUM parthenium  FEVERFEW
syn Matricaria
hb

Aromatic foliage. Masses of yellow-centred daisy flowers in summer and autumn...and this year even now on December 12th 2012! 

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TANACETUM parthenium  FEVERFEW
ex Golden Feverfew
hb

Can feverfew be improved on? Well here's one answer, let's have golden leaves!  Select golden seedlings when young.

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TANACETUM parthenium  FEVERFEW
ex Double Form
hb

Or how about this variation... one with DOUBLE daisy flowers!

New for 2022

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TELLIMA grandiflora  . hp

Fringecups.  Evergreen shade-lover that also does well in the sun!  Tall waving wands of tiny fringed flowers with a delicate scent that I liken to azaleas.

TRIFOLIUM panonicum hp I am so very pleased to have plants of these now, I'd seen them many years ago in gardens open in Llanmadoc and desired them ever since.  I tested the seeds this autumn (2021) and got germination, so here we are, you won't have to wait as many years as I did!
Trifolium? Yup... a large relative of the humble clover, this stands a lot taller, around 2' / 60cms.
New for 2022
verbascum

chaixii  yellow

 hp A perennial, steadily increasing clump, a verbascum with many spires of flowers with yellow petals, and purple centres. Each exquisite flower has a central tuft of furry (yes, furry) purple stamens. Why? I guess we'll never know, but the bees should appreciate the way they have a remarkable landing-platform during their sorties for nectar and pollen.
 verbascum chaixii  album  hp In this version, the spires of flowers have white petals to offset the purple centres. Brilliant! 
VERBENA bonariensis (h)h a/b/p Sometimes perennial, or self-sowing each year, is this wonderful plant for attracting butterflies. 3-5' but 'airy' so you can place it towards the front of the border if you wish.
VERBENA rigida hp Such a vibrant colour, grows about 2-18" / 40cms and spreads wider. Can flowerfirst year from seed. What's not to like?!
VIOLA cornuta  alba  hp

Highly desirable, this is the white form of the horned violet.  All forms of the horned violet are TRUELY PERENNIAL and particularly floriferous for over six months. Position them where you can have all their faces looking towards the sun, ...and you!

Horned? Yes, can you see it's horn, sticking up behind to the right? It's where the nectar is stored, and also gives it its Latin epithet CORNuta like uniCORN.

VIOLA tricolor
Heartsease
hp One of our dainty wildflowers.  Easy to see why it's name is tricolor... and considering the gentle joy this delightful flower brings, then Hearstease is equally understood.
Edible flowers.
      LET'S HAVE SOME VEGGIES!  
  MUSTARDS (h)ha Block sow, cut as small seedlings and leaves later. Edible yellow flowers.  
  CRESS hha As easy to grow as cress! Broadcast quite thickly in a small area of the garden and keep cutting-and-coming-again over many weeks. I love this spicey flavour, totally unlike the 'growing salad' punnets from supermarkets which is usually mainly rape seedlings.  And yes, good to grow indoors in winter on wet kitchen towels in a saucer.  NEW FOR 2022 Cress
BARBAREA Land cress
American cress
hb Easy self-sowing beinnial. Closest flavour to water-cress without any need for damp soil let alone running water. Stands up to all winter weathers here. Flowers are tall masses of yellow, and edible.
NEW FOR 2022
Land Cress, Americal Cress in winter
Chenopodium giganteum Magenta Spreen
Oriental Tree Spinach
to 6' / 2M !!Mexican tree spinach purple goosefoot magenta spreen
ha Also known as Mexican tree spinach, and purple goosefoot although I choose to use the name Magenta Spreen.  Whatever you decide to call it this is a MAGNIFICENT plant. From slightly fat hen type leaves grows a most startling tip of magenta, rich red-purple. The shoot colour continues until flowering point.
Harvest young for salads and cook older leaves  like spinach. Also stirfries, etc.  
NEW FOR 2022
Chenopodium giganteum Mexican tree spinach
 atriplex  hortensis rubra

ha  

Purple Orache: a hardy annual that self-seeds each year.  Ornamental foliage plant to 1m or more with luscious deep purple-black leaves.  Luscious?  Yes, edible as a leaf to mix into salads, where the almost black leaves contrast fantastically with green salad leaves. The colour is rather darker than the camera shows.

The seed-heads are fantastic in flower arrangements.

I also listed this in ornamentals, above.

NEW FOR 2022

 
Rhubarb Chard

Leaf Beet

hb Beat the cabbage white butterflies! Tastes like spinach: use young in salads or cooked when older. Stems can be cooked with the leaves or separately. Doesn't reduce as much as spinach does in cooking.
Oh, and doesn't it look great in the garden?

NEW FOR 2022
         

LAST YEAR'S SEEDS   My 'old' seed is often fresher than the normal lots from many seed companies!    Let me choose from all my left over last year's seeds, and go for: LUCKY FIVE £2.50 A lucky dip of 5 packs of last year’s seeds TERRIFIC TWENTY £8 or FANTASTIC FORTY £14  Strictly my choice, but I won’t include anything that you order at the same time, & you can choose  categories you want/don’t want from: annuals, biennials, perennials, trees and shrubs, alpines, bulbs, vegetables, climbers, herbs,  Aquilegias, Geraniums. Yes, choosing all aquilegias is fine!

'Hi Carrie, What a pleasure to come across a homegrown website, a garden in itself. ' Malcolm Allum, (Manchester)

 

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