Harvest Time for Seeds


It is time to start collecting seeds to keep the Automatic Gardening growing. Autumn is the end of the  flowering season for many plants, but also the beginning of next season in the promise of seeds.

As it turns out, Four O’Clocks, originally from Mexico, love it here and are very prolific.  The seeds need to be collected to stop an over abundance of plants.


Bartram’s Evening Primrose no longer needs to be watched and coddled as it has come into its own.  It has reseeded itself and made thousands, if not millions of tiny black seeds this year.  An Automatic Garden success!


Balsam Impatients, otherwise known as poppers, have the habit of popping open and flinging their seeds as far as they can.  It is always a good idea to collect some to plant where the human gardener desires.  These came from George Washington garden.  They were probably shared among many of the early colonists.


Wish Bone flowers make extremely small tan seeds that are difficult to collect.  They are left to do their own thing and after the seeds germinate the seedlings are moved to beds.


These wonderful seed pods belong to the Philippine Lily.  Each pod is stuffed full of flat seeds and are released as the wind blows.


Salvias are old garden friends.  They are totally left on their own and never fail to reproduce and provide for the bees and hummingbirds each year.


Some seeds need to be collected to prevent reproduction.  This wild and lovely little bean made it way into the garden.  As with all wild things in a garden, it needs to be controlled, so as many seed pods as possible are collected.  The pods twist open when ripe and send their seeds as far as they can.


4 Comments on “Harvest Time for Seeds”

  1. mattb325 says:

    You got a great collection of repeat seeding plants. I’m jealous that you can get salvias to grow in the garden from seed. Do you get much variation?

    • I have red, pink and white salvias that have been with me over 14 years and were moved from our old house. They come up on their own and at times I will collect the seeds and throw them in the bed or I will replant seedling where I want them. Many times the plants come up from their roots and are cut back every year. They are all grown together and never change. I have had other salvias that have not done as well. A lot of my plants are passalongs and I am embarrassed to say I don’t know the variety, but will ask a friend who is a salvia expert.

  2. My mom grew four o’clocks when we were kids–loved collecting the seeds. Thanks for reminding me of a happy memory!

  3. Sheryl says:

    I also like to save seeds. Each fall I always collect marigold seeds and cosmos seeds–as well as squash and pumpkin seeds. Two plants in my garden that re-seed themselves each year are Sweet Williams and Poppies.

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