Dead Flower Seed Harvesting

This is mostly a theory but I have found that if you just take the dead flowers and sprinkle the seeds where you want them to grow in a couple of years you have more flowers.  Seems reasonable enough.  As we all saw in the last post, I usually let the gardens just die off naturally.  I don’t usually get in there and dead head everything when the time is right.  so this time of year and until  you cut them down most of these flowers will just stay there and be carcass of a flower still full of seeds.  If you just leave them completely, eventually they fall over and just propagate right there, unless of course you use a landscape carpet or lots of mulch.  I don’t see this method of propagating the flowers used very often.  It does invite a lot of weeds.  Fortunately its my garden and I get to decide what is a weed.  Technically aren’t most of the flowers we put in our garden a weed.  Black eyed Susan and daisy two of my favorites line the highways and median strips.  Maybe they were put there, but I don’t think so.  Although there is a stretch on route 50 where I swear someone dumped the best wild flower mix ever.

So back to harvesting.  One of the things that happens as I clip these flowers heads off for the very last time and steal their seeds from the near by area, I end up with these cute little dried flower bouquets. I don’t usually do anything with them.  Sometimes one, I particularly like, might make it on the front porch till it gets blown down one too many times.  But what I have always wanted to do, is give them away.  Tell you what you are getting and what to do with it and how long it will take for a flower.  In these pictures I have a Yucca, which the name just makes it the best plant ever.  So fun to say.  Yeah that’s a Yucca..  Yucca.. well the stalk that grows out of that thing is enormous and the little seed pods open up like little flowers.  Almost orchid like.

  

I also have a lot of Echinacea or cone flower as most know it.  These end up just looking like little cones, and honestly I have no idea if there are any actual seeds in there. Thus why I have never given them away.  So this year I think I am going to actually plant these guys and care for them like I would tell someone and see what happens.

Another unexpected beauty was the butterfly bush.  I have yet to prune that thing to get it to its 8 feet of gloriousness.  We will see this year.  I only cut off the branches that looked like they were in trouble.  It was already pretty green.  I hated to cut any of it.  I also butcher another forsythia (tip rooter).  I only want it to stay where it is if it is going to be small.

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I almost forgot the trees I have, that should actually be good in this garden.  I have two three year buckeyes  that should have been given away.  And I am crossing fingers for … a red bud.  One of my favorite flowering tress.  They are “shit” trees according to my neighbor.  They are under growth trees.. The don’t usually do all that well in the wide open, they fall over.. Like mine did.  It is still growing like a huge tree vine in the middle of my side yard, which will eventually be the back drop for another garden.

I am so glad tonight was still pretty enough all the way till it got to dark to see to get some good work done in the garden.

As you can see by the last slide, the wind was not my friend…

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4 Responses to Dead Flower Seed Harvesting

  1. I buried my dead dwarf hamster in a large flower pot, is it safe?

    My dwarf hamster died and I buried her in a large flower pot and put zenna flower seeds on top. People have been telling me different things like, the flower isn’t going to grow and I should just throw the hamster away instead of burying it. I want to know if it’s alright to bury my hamster in a large flower pot? Do you think the flower seeds will grow? Or does the dead animal release toxins that will stop the flowers from growing and might be hazardous for people to smell? I know that there will be worms coming out of the dead body after a while, so that’s why I’m asking. Thanks.

    P.S I can’t bury her on the ground because cats and other stray animals will start digging her up.

    • dorothyjarry says:

      That is an interesting conundrum. I can say that yes, although the animal will smell if it is not buried pretty far down in the large pot, I would find that to be an interesting experiment. There is a Movie called The Last Supper where a group of friends start playing a game with their guests and murdering them and then burying the bodies with tomato plants over them. Then the tomato plants flourish and are amazing. So, why not. I don’t usually keep small pets that need cages. Good Luck. Check back and let me know how the zenna does. Worst case it will stink so bad YOU cant stand it, then just put it outside and try not to forget to water it…

  2. Samuel Smith says:

    My wife and I are inveterate seed collectors. Sometimes we actually plant the seeds we “found” at the zoo, park, middle-of-nowhere, etc. This can be dangerous. Case in point was the beautiful plant that sprouted from some odd and unidentified seeds in a bag tucked away and forgotten. Fleshy stems and soft leaves soon produced tubular night blossoms of incredible size and beauty with a lovely heady scent. https://plus.google.com/u/0/116187436832996338309/posts/hb7wQyoZDUf It attracted hawkmoths, which danced with geckos on my front porch. After some investigation online, the mystery plant was revealed to be Sacred Datura. Toxic. My wife pulled it out to protect our children and pets. Sap got on her hand, numbing her finger. It was an exciting adventure, but one we’ll not repeat. At least not with that plant. We have more seeds to discover and explore. I have high hopes for the eucalyptus seed pod I brought home. Our adventures continue.

  3. dorothyjarry says:

    Awesome Story!! I read something a long time ago about talking a walk in a muddy area and then putting the mud in a pot and seeing what comes out of it. Seeds area amazing. They found some seeds in the tombs in Egypt that they were able to sprout 100’s of years later. The blooms on the flower are amazing!

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