I enjoy pottering around the garden so much that I now have collected a selection of very fresh small batch heirloom seeds to share with you. These seeds below have all been tried and tested by me, are linked to articles where you can see them growing, and are all pretty, unusual and ideally suited for the backyard plant collector and vegetable grower. I hope you enjoy your time in the garden as much as I do- Eimear.
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With large fruit growing to 9kg, the skin compares to a starry night, featuring bright yellow flecks and spots. The flesh is red and very sweet. The leaves are attractive in the garden, also featuring the yellow spots. This unusual fruit from the 1920's fell out of favour and nearly became extinct until seedsavers brought it back from the brink in the 1990's. A favourite of mine in the garden.
Slightly bigger than a tennis ball-sized pumpkins with a compact bushy growth habit. These will not sprawl. You can put one in medium sized pot and get pumpkins! Roast whole to enjoy the sweet orange flesh, stuff or make soup or scones. 12 weeks to harvest. 9 fruit per plant, 4kg per plant.
Grow what we grow here on the hill! A mix containing all our favourites from our own backyard, the Spencer's Choice Mix, Lathyrus Lord Ansons and Matucana this gorgeous multi-coloured mix of scented sweet pea will climb a garden trellis with pure English elegance. Colours range from a dark maroon to white! Fragrant spring flowering annual, used as cut flower, sow mid summer to late autumn, spring in cooler areas. Contains 25 seeds.
Grow what we grow here on the hill! Our own spectacular buttery mix of calendulas. The perfect combination of Yellow with black dot centres, Yellow with yellow dot centre, snow princess (pale yellow with red dot centre), touch of pink, and the odd orange (orange dot centre or black dot centre). A calm mix of colours to add to the winter garden. Calendula is enjoyed all year round! They are also an excellent option to companion plant with lettuce, as the leaves mimic the shape of lettuce leaves and distract predators.
Stunning Queen Annes Lace is powerful addition to any cottage garden. It provides butterflies with an actual landing pad, and helps to feed pollinators. Annual growing to 120cm. These upright plants have ferny green foliage producing large rounded umbels of small attractive cream/white flowers.
Grow what we grow here on the hill. This is our own mix of sunflowers that dazzle us year after year in our garden. The mix includes favourites such as tallest Giant Russian, medium Van Gogh inspired green middled forms and pretty dwarfs.