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Imagerisingcreek
Jan 28, 2015 11:32 AM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
thinking ahead for next years swap-would anyone be interested in Ceanothus arboreus seeds? (commonly called wild lilac) I only have the white variety growing on the property and would save seeds if anyone might want some. it grows to be 6-10 feet tall and just as wide, and the bees love the flowers. it is drought resistent and takes our 110 degree temps. survived the snow here (our one storm of the decade) but not sure how it would do in consistently cold winters


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Mindy03
Jan 28, 2015 12:02 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
I would be interested in the wild lilac Rising
Imagerisingcreek
Jan 28, 2015 12:44 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
they are blooming now, I will watch and save seeds. the bees, even in this weather, are all over the blossoms.
Imagerisingcreek
Jan 28, 2015 12:46 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california

cannot imagine this, but might be good for shooting wildflower seeds along the creek bed in those hard to get to places. not sure seeds would survive the whole process though. has anyone ever heard of this?






http://laughingsquid.com/flower-shell-lets-you-plant-seeds-w...
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 28, 2015 12:52 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Me too Rising, please. I grew up with lilac bush outside bedroom window. Was so pretty. I've never seen one with white blooms before.

[Andi] In a pinch you can always use the top of your fridge for seed sprouting. You'd be surprised how much heat comes off of it.

I've heard of folks using Christmas lights, but the thing I would worry about is if water should accidentally get down into one of them bulbs and short the wires out. An electrical fire burns faster than anything you have ever seen and there usually no way to stop it and it will travel in seconds right into a wall socket and behind and burn.

Plus with those Christmas lights, if one bulb goes out generally the whole strand does and than your seedlings are without heat and you have the chore of trying to find out which one caused the string to burn out. Way to much work and hassle.

In a pinch for just a small tray or two, til they sprout and can be moved under the lights I have used a heating pad. I put thick towel down, put heating mat on low and put seedling tray over as long as there no plastic that can melt.





ImageSorellina
Jan 28, 2015 1:15 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Ciao all -

My parcel has arrived! No big packet of peppers, but lots of wonderful, good quality seeds! Thanks to all for your generosity and the time taken to thresh seeds is MUCH appreciated. Duane is off sick today so we did a once-through together. It was like Christmas all over again. Just like last year, wildflowers gets the honour of first-sowings: that variegated cat grass I've been waiting for gets sown today! I can't recall at the moment who sent the Choco Royale Salpiglossis, but that was an extremely timely oink on my part as it turns out. Yesterday, I was getting some dry catnip for the monsters and knocked over the open yogurt cup the pods were in. Very very sad as that one did not produce much seed and almost impossible to gather up on a wood floor. I will definitely be re-growing it and hopefully, it will do very well and produce tons of microscopic seeds for the next swap!

Many big hugs!! Group hug
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageJonnaSudenius
Jan 28, 2015 1:45 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
A bit off topic, but I would like your comments about a small video I want to publish on my website about harvesting flower seeds. Yes, it's me in the video. I had to overcome my hesitation to be in it, especially because it was made during my chemo treatments and I lost my hair. It's not meant for experienced gardeners, just for people who never collected seeds.
I'm talking Dutch in the video, but there are subtitles in English. My son in law made the video.
I would appreciate your honest comments. Not here, but in a private C-mail.
ImageJonnaSudenius
Jan 28, 2015 1:46 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Rolling on the floor laughing I'm so nervous about it, I forgot to give the link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioDWobyuv_4&feature=youtu.be
ImageAndi
Jan 28, 2015 2:21 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I didn't get your peppers either, Ella.

I just scrubbed the top of the fridge and put my appliances - mixer, blender, food processor, huge pressure/doggie ragout cooker that doesn't fit in the cabinets, other mixer (I use them for different things and can't part with either - It is dark up there anyway.

After receiving a horrific heating bill, I ordered an infrared heater for my front room. The neighbors are raving about them. Joe is in a buyers club with free shipping and a coupon which beats any price I could find online. Anyway, my Florida/Alaska room should be getting warmer in time to start my seeds. Although they are finally working, the electric baseboard heat is expensive and inefficient.

I don't need a fire, Ella. I have had more than enough crisis this year. Besides, I am not sure where my Christmas lights are at the moment - somewhere in the garage in a box labeled Christmas.

The mailman dropped off more boxes for work today. They got here in record time. I hope my mail service continues to work so smoothly.
ImageMistirose
Jan 28, 2015 2:26 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Jonna, beautiful...beautiful! I loved it! I shared it on pinterest before I saw you had it unlisted. I subscribed to you as well. Cant wait to see more!
ImageJonnaSudenius
Jan 28, 2015 2:35 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Misti It's not yet open on YouTube or on my website. It will be in a few days. I will first wait for some comments, to know if it's worth to publish it.
In about a week I will probabely post a video about cleaning seeds.
ImageMistirose
Jan 28, 2015 3:21 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok I left you a comment too there
patrob
Jan 28, 2015 3:23 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Kacee, I'd be interested in some of your wild lilac seeds too. It would be hardy where I live in the middle of Texas unless we have an unusual winter.
poisondartfrog
Jan 28, 2015 3:49 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Jonna I think it is wonderful! Congratulations. I am sure your video will be well received.

Redleopard, we are four for four so far. Of the four types of seeds I oinked from you that I have sown thus far all have germinated.
ImageSorellina
Jan 28, 2015 4:10 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Whoever the mystery person is who sent me the Lysamachia atropurpurea off of my obnoxious wish list, thank you very very much! If you wouldn't mind, please reveal yourself so I can mark the packet and give you feedback after I grow it! Lovey dubby
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageArleneB
Jan 28, 2015 5:14 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I have a lot of seeds I started before my piggy package came, some piggy seeds from last year. Most of all are up already. But I just planted on the 24th Kabloom Calibrochoa Mix, lineria and one other thing I cannot remember, and they are up already!
Imagepmb2005
Jan 28, 2015 5:32 PM CST
Name: Promise
Zone 7a Tennessee
Jonna my daughters and I LOVED your video. Thank you for sharing. You are fabulous!
ImageArleneB
Jan 28, 2015 5:36 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Jonna, I sent you a c-mail.
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 28, 2015 5:40 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Sorellina... Glad you got your seeds. Maybe this week or by early next week the rest of the folks will have theirs. I could be wrong, but I think the seed was in the one to ones or extras, so it could have come from anybody or anyplace. I remember looking it up as I wasn't familar with the name and saw I had it listed on your Wish list card. At least I think I thinking about the right package of seed. Blinking

Jonna Sorry, I can't view You Tube on my puter, but I am sure whatever you do, it be a success and well received. Congrats and good luck with all your projects that helping enhance gardeners. Thumbs up

ImageRickCorey
Jan 28, 2015 5:53 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
[quote="risingcreek"]
cannot imagine this, but might be good for shooting wildflower seeds along the creek bed in those hard to get to places. not sure seeds would survive the whole process though. has anyone ever heard of this?



]http://laughingsquid.com/flower-shell-lets-you-plant-seeds-w...

Shooting seeds out of a shotgun? I think I'll stick to a slingshot. Either way, after a few yards of travel through the air, seeds smaller than watermelon would slow down greatly due to air friction. Surface-sow-only unless you point the shotgun right down at the ground at your feet, as one video showed with poppy seed. Don't poppies need to be sown on the surface?

The hot gasses in a shotgun blast might scorch seeds or vaporize them unless they were wrapped in some kind of canister that spilled them out as it flew (tumbling) through the air. The video didn't say which, but I didn't notice it showing any "after" photos of how the flowers grew after being blasted.

That's how Napoleonic cannons threw shrapnel and grapeshot most effectively: pack the grapeshot into canisters that fit the cannon bore. It gave the grapeshot better range and a tighter pattern.

In the case of seeds, I would expect it to protect the seeds from the pressure and heat of expanding gunpowder gasses. Of course, the extreme acceleration in the shotgun barrel might still squash those seeds flatter than a post office sortation roller!

The videos show moderate recoil, though I would have thought that a LOW-POWERED round would be more suitable.

I hope it does work, it sounds like fun. Practical, I'm not as sure.

Explaining to the nice police officer that you are shooting FLOWER SEEDS ... priceless! Now THAT is the video I REALLY want to see!

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