Clematis integrifolia

Over the last couple of weeks three very welcome packages have dropped onto our door mat. Firstly my Hardy Plant Society seed, secondly my Royal Horticultural Seed and thirdly my Hardy Plant Society Seed.  Yes, so good they named it twice.  For those of you not in the know, I will explain.  Each year the HPS and RHS provide a number of packets of seed for their members, at a nominal cost, which you must select from a tantalising list of temptation.  An additional option offered by the HPS is that for an extra £1.50 you can receive 20 further assorted packets.  These I imagine are made up of the unloved, the lost, the underdogs. Surely this offer would be irresistible to any green blooded gardener?  Well it is certainly is to me.  It is like a horticultural lottery, who knows what the gods of chance will deliver to your muddy hand?   What new chlorophylled delights will you be introduced to?  And let us not forget that re-homing the rejected is a noble pursuit.

In the interim between order and delivery I invariably forget what I have requested.  This is possibly because I have whittled my choice down from 374 “maybes” to the designated 20.  You don’t always get your first choice as they are served out on a first come first served basis, so all arrivals have an element of surprise attached. The last package containing the truly unchosen is pure, random, revelation.

Today I sowed some of my new seed including the wonderful Clematis integrifolia.  I have grown this scrambling clematis before, with its wonderful pixie-hat violet-blue flowers.  The world definitely could do with a few more. Good luck little tadpoles!

22 thoughts on “Tadpoles

  1. Ahem! You must never identify the seeds you received in the second delivery. Donors are avidly checking and nothing is more deflating than finding that the seed you donated in good faith was unwanted! I will start my sowing on the weekend (waiting for a delivery tomorrow of fine-grade vermiculite). You will get a mention, promise! 😉

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  2. Good luck! I used to take part in these exchanges (and the cyclamen society one) and remember those days very fondly, especially the ‘what should I have this year’ stage with its long shortlists.

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  3. Germinating seed is THE most exciting thing for any gardener. Every morning when I check the greenhouse, if there is any new germination I will be happy for the rest of the day. Good luck with yours.

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  4. How exciting, specially if you can’ t remember what you ordered. Seed sowing can be so rewarding and so frustrating- the resolutely empty trays, the damping off, but also the thrill when you manage to nurse your babies through the hazardous birth and infancy into beautiful new plants.

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  5. Oh, I know that situation. But to me it happens, when I plant things. I forget, what I planted where (stuff that needs to go into the ground in autumn). So springtime invariably brings me lots of surprises….

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  6. I hope your little tadpoles do better than the ones I have in my pond! At the moment I have masses of frog spawn but it never seems to develop to tadpoles and if it does, I never see them progress any further:(


  7. What wonderful seeds they are. I’m having to limit gardening a lot at the moment, so only the only seeds I’ve got this year is the 6 packets from the Heritage Seed Library, all veg. So for now I’ll enjoy the seed excitement vicariously through you ;0

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  8. I resisted this year. I have so many seeds left over from previous years and then, when I do sow them, I end up with far too many plants. This is uncharacteristically restrained of me ….. which means it cannot last 😉


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