CAMELLIA SEED PODS

Walking around the Southern Rural Route, I often find in nature things I’ve never before seen despite having lived here thirty years. In mid-August, I found this on our camellia bush.

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I figured it was a seed pod but it sure looked like fruit. Research indicated it was, in fact, a seed pod. It seems they ripen in early fall and I attribute our warmer Floridian weather to the late summer ripening.

When the pods are open, you can harvest the seeds but I did not harvest ours.

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SEED STORAGE

In Garden Tip-Compact Way To Save Seeds, I shared with you Tonya’s notebook method for saving seeds. Not everyone can cram all their saved seeds into a notebook so I am offering you another idea.

Dawn Endle, a fellow subscriber to The Plants Exchange on Facebook may have the ultimate in seed storage. Dawn stores her seeds and annual bulbs in a plastic storage unit which she puts in an old refrigerator set at 50 degrees. Come February when she wants to start seeds, everything is in one place.

Photo Credit: Dawn Engleused with permission
Photo Credit: Dawn Engle
used with permission
Photo Credit: Dawn Engleused with permission
Photo Credit: Dawn Engle
used with permission

 

GARDEN TIP — COMPACT WAY TO SAVE SEEDS

From the beginning of this blog, it should have been obvious to you that I am one sparkler short of a genuine firecracker. I’m assuming this since my family and friends reminded me of the fact way too often.

Worst of all, I think Momma was right. I ain’t got a lick ‘a common sense. It was Sunday night, December 29. I was cruising the posts on the only “secret” Facebook group to which I belong when that lack of common sense smacked me upside the head. Smacked me so hard I almost screeched out loud. It was so obvious I should have thought of it myself especially since I’ve been trying to downsize my “stuff.”

‘Twas a compact way to save seeds. A downsizer’s dream!

First, you need to see the seed saving system I arrived at in the last year.

boxes and boxes
boxes and boxes

Now, look at the downsizer’s notebook Tonya uses.

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Photo Credit: Tonya at Facebook page: The Seed Exchange

Is that not INGENIOUS? The seeds are stored in teeny tiny clear plastic zip lock baggies which can be purchased in the craft section at Wal-Mart (100 for $1.00) or, if you are not a Wal-Mart fan, at Hobby Lobby or JoAnns. The zip lock baggies are then inserted in 3-ring baseball card collector sheets which Wal-Mart also carries but you might have to ask for them.  Years ago, they were at the front of the store, near the cash registers, with other collectible stuff.

While not exactly admitting to a shortage of sparklers, Tonya did confess the seed notebook idea was not hers. It came at the urging of a friend of hers. Quite frankly, I don’t care who came up with the idea, I just want to copy it! I want to know how many of you who play with seeds consider this a downsizing dream.

SAGO PALM SEEDS

sago palm, female bloom from May 2013
sago palm, female bloom
from May 2013
December 2013
December 2013
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seeds

It’s time to revisit the sago palm because two of ours are producing seeds right now. Again, ours have the female reproductive structure and out of it will come new leaves. See more great photos at Wikipedia (scroll to the bottom).  

Gardenofeaden has a better photo of the sago palm seeds and explains how to start your own sago palm seeds.

 

MORE ROCK SEEDS

I’m not believing this. Yesterday’s mail brought more rock seeds, er, rock seed. It’s just one but it’s a big ‘un, about 5-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches. I guess rock seeds from the mountains are bigger than those you get elsewhere. Don’t ask me. This whole rock seed thing is new to me.

Colorado Rock Seed
Colorado Rock Seed

Duncan, who sent the rock seed, said it came from Cuchara, Colorado, on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a part of the Rocky Mountains.

Sangre de Cristo sounds Spanish to me. Does that mean I’ve got to speak Spanish around this rock? If so, I’ll have to talk real fast and say “Si, si!” a lot so the rock will think I know Spanish.