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Imagewildflowers
Oct 27, 2010 7:05 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I keep stopping to collect seeds! Whistling now I'm collecting the seeds of the zinnia... I think I found them
FAITH over fear!

Imagechelle
Oct 27, 2010 7:18 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I have to slow down on seed collecting - it's getting a bit out of hand around here! I've got like 30 bags of seeds hanging open from a curtain rod! It's starting to look somewhat suspicious around here.....and I can't close those curtains! Hilarious!
Imagewildflowers
Oct 27, 2010 7:20 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling that's funny Chelle!

my dh keeps trying to throw my bags of seeds away! I keep them in the garage, it's attached to the house so I can just go out there. but then I have pans in the kitchen right now with seeds, seeds in cups on the sink! yeah, it's getting out of hand here too. Then I still have lots of packaging to do.
FAITH over fear!

Imagechelle
Oct 27, 2010 8:12 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I'm waiting on packaging - need to see first if anyone even wants any of my offerings. I am removing them from their casings/coverings however, I want to make sure they're properly dried before putting them in the little bags.
Imagewildflowers
Oct 28, 2010 5:29 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
All of your flowers are so beautiful, there's gonna be lots of little piggies oinking for those seeds!!

I've started packaging so as I don't get overwelmed in the beginning. I figure if there's no takers, I'm gonna send them to Ella in the end... Whistling
FAITH over fear!

Imagewildflowers
Oct 28, 2010 5:42 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Now the tarragon has decided to flower.... more seeds?

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FAITH over fear!

Imagechelle
Oct 28, 2010 7:26 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Wow, that's cool - I've never seen a tarragon flower before. I'm not sure if I just hadn't thought to plant it before, or if the season is too short here. Did you get some seed already?

I had no larkspur grow this spring - now it's decided to grow! Do you think the little seedlings will survive the winter? I know that they do not seem to like being in a pot, so I guess it's a moot point, but I love their pretty little blue faces! I missed them this year.
Imagegardengus
Oct 28, 2010 7:35 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
I have little larkspur up all over too, must be confused, I don't know if they will survive the winter. I do know the bachelors buttons come up in the fall and survive.

I have never seen tarragon flower either,can it be started by seed? I thought I read they always use cuttings? Is this french tarragon? Or is there more than one type?
Imagewildflowers
Oct 28, 2010 9:59 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I believe larkspur prefers the cooler weather. I think a lot of us had warmer temps this year. I would think it will be fine since the seeds can be sown in the fall. Many of those cool weather plants will get their roots going in the fall and then come up nicely early spring. It's the early frosts that can get them if they haven't established a root system yet. You may be surprised this spring with a great show of early blooms.

I didn't know that the tarragon would flower either, so I had to check into it. Cinda, you are correct that the superior French tarragon will not grow from seeds. even if you happen to have seeds from the French tarragon, they will revert back to the Russian variety.

My plant above is Texas tarragon, aka Mexican tarragon, Tagetes lucida which is actually not tarragon at all, but a variety of marigold. It has some nice medicinal uses; although the flavor is more anisey and less peppery/spicy than regular tarragon, it can be used in place of tarragon.
FAITH over fear!

Imagechelle
Oct 28, 2010 6:36 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Oh Cinda! Thanks for reminding me about the bachelor's buttons - I've got to get those seeds put out before the ground freezes. If I wait til Spring to seed them they never seem to do as well. Smiling
Imagegardengus
Oct 29, 2010 9:09 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
I thought the flowers looked a lot like marigolds Smiling but not ever having seen tarragon in flower had nothing to compare to.
...so have you ever used your tarragon as a spice?
Imagewildflowers
Oct 29, 2010 2:11 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I have used it in some spagette sauce that I made... went thru the garden with it & oregano, thyme, basil, so of course it was very good Rolling my eyes. HA

I dried some of it so I'll have to do some more experimenting.
FAITH over fear!

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