Vegetable vs. ornamental?
Flower vs. foliage?
Romantic vs. modern?
No, seed collector vs. the one who can’t be bothered. I’m the one who can’t be bothered; Ann of Amateur Bot-ann-ist is the seed collector, and she makes house calls! Knowing that I’d invited Ann over to collect seeds I’ve been saving (i.e. not tidying up) several flower stalks that had clearly gone over to the seedy side of things. Still as she moved around the garden she found others I hadn’t even thought about. It really is amazing, all the potential new plants around me. It was fun watching her work, with her “tools of the trade” such as saved envelopes… And fancy "keep your hands free scissors" (how many of you need a pair of these? I know I do)… I am in awe of those who garden this way. They seem more of a “real” gardener somehow. The only seeds I bother with are the ones I plant in my vegetable garden. What’s wrong with me? Actually I’ve thought about this a lot and come to two conclusions:
#1 - I don’t have the space…any available space is put to use overwintering tender plants, there is no room to start seeds! #2 - I love to visit nurseries…and buy plants! Plants…the ones I can actually see, touch and (in some cases) smell. Buying seeds just isn’t the same. #3 – I am impatient. I can see how seeds could become addictive though, not planting them but just collecting them. There are so many different shapes and colors, different places they hide…and just plain oddities. For example Ann called an Impatiens “touch me not plant” and showed me how the seed pod would open in reaction to your body heat. I guess if they are further along they actually “pop” where as these just slowly opened. Pretty cool. I also saw her squeezing the base of my Kangaro Paw flowers feeling for seed (“you can feel if they are pregnant” she said)… It never occured to me that there might be seeds in there. I’m pretty excited about these Syneilesis (Shredded Umbrella Plant) seeds…if she manages to propagate any of them she’s paying back the gift with plants… I don’t think you could ever have too many of those leaves in your garden! So are you a seed gatherer, or a plant buyer?...Or both?