My last few remaining seeds.Every year I used to plant a row of Summer Geraniums in our garden. Every fall I would carefully gather the little seed pods and then spend an evening or two opening each one and removing the circle of snail shaped seeds inside. I would place them some where to dry a little bit to make sure they wouldn't become moldy before the next spring when I would plant them.
These seeds have been passed down for generations, I really don't know if Summer Geranium is even the proper name since they really don't look like geraniums, but that is what my Grandma always called them and her mother before that.
If planted in the garden they make a lovely hedge type row and bloom profusely all through summer and fall with lovely two inch pink and cream colored flowers.
When we moved after Sunbeam was born I didn't get to plant them that year but kept my seeds in hopes that by the next year I would have a nice garden. The next year I planted most of my seeds but the entire garden failed that year and I didn't get to harvest any seeds that fall.
Yesterday I dug out my pitiful supply of seeds and tried to decide whether or not to plant them. They are over eight years old by now and I'm kind of doubtful that they would grow but I would love to keep those seeds going after having been passed down for so many generations.
I hope that they are still good. Let us know!ReplyDelete
Mary Ann..I say plant They may bloom, maybe not...but they certainly won't if they aren't planted. Right? :-DReplyDelete
I wonder what their real name is?
Plant! I say plant! Actually, I just planted 10 year old cantaloupe seeds, and the plants are thriving and in bloom.ReplyDelete
Oh, I just saw it! Thanks so much for A Joyful Chaos button! :)ReplyDelete
Try soaking them in water. If they sprout they will grow.ReplyDelete
I hope they will. Seems my MIL would soak seeds over night in some water before planting. May try putting them first in a flower pot to see if they will sprout then transplant them. I hope they will sprout and bloom as I want to see picture of what they look like.ReplyDelete
I hope they grow after a soaking. It is funny, what I call summer geraniums is a plant that comes back every year, and it doesn't need to be reseeded. I wonder what our plants are really called? Yours, RosemaryReplyDelete
Oh do plant them...they've got two choices then, and I hope that maybe at least one of them will grow.ReplyDelete
They may grow. Many seeds I have bought and did not get planted I have put in years later and have grown. As long as you keep them dry and stored in a dark place they should be fine.Maybe not all will grow but the majority should.ReplyDelete
Would love to see pictures of them when they bloom.
We seem to all be voting the same ;) I would give it a try.ReplyDelete
Ask Heavenly Father to bless the seeds with renewed life and plant them.ReplyDelete
I would love to see a picture of them when they
Oh, do plant them - what a gift that will be, if they grow. I am a terrible gardener, but I have some narcissus that were grown from some my great grandmother planted - they come up every year and are so special to me.ReplyDelete
I think I'd try to plant them anyway...maybe in a couple of different places/soil types?. Hopefully at least a few of them will grow. If they were kept in a cool, dry spot and didn't get to hot, some of them should work...I would think. I just planted some old seeds myself. They're not up yet, but they need a little more time. Anyway, good luck! I hope they come up for you and look forward to seeing pictures of them! :)ReplyDelete
I would love to see the flowers :)ReplyDelete
I agree with everyone, plant them. My Mom died the month after I turned 10. While I don't have the wonderful gift of seed from generations, I plant zinnias because she planted them each year. It brings back wonderful memories of Mom's flowers.ReplyDelete
Plant them! I have a short funny story, I planted some wildflower seeds one year and got nothing...three years later they grew and burst into a beautiful garden...ReplyDelete
Gardens grow where love surrounds them
Definitely plant them! I hope they bloom!!ReplyDelete
Well, one thing's for sure; they wont grow if you don't plant them. I say plant them, and hope for the best. If they grow you can continue the same seeds ready to pass them on to the next generation. If not... Well, at least you'll know you did all you could to keep the tradition alive.ReplyDelete
Of all the words of tongue or pen, the saddest are....it might have been.ReplyDelete
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They sound interesting. If they do grow and you get to harvest seeds I would love to have a few. Sounds like a lovely tradition to start.ReplyDelete