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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Always a surprise.




When you gather flower seeds.





You never know what will bloom the following year.





In 2012, flowers from seeds from an old bucket found in my barn.






Seeds collected from last year's flower bed produced this variety in 2013.





From this in 2012 to 






 this in 2013.






I think I know what happened.  Of course each year growing conditions are different.  However, I noticed last year that many Zinnias did not get pollinated before the first frost hit. 








That is why I love to grow annuals from saved seeds. 

So many discoveries, so many surprises. 

Have a wonderful remainder of the week my dear 
Blogging Friends. 

Gina 



19 comments:

  1. That's what I call a wild bunch of flowers.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  2. Such a gorgeous mix that was haphazardly produced!
    That looks like dill that adds to my liking in some of the photos! Your beds must have a wonderful fragrance as you stroll by them!!!

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    1. Hello Mary, I like growing dill in flower beds. It mixes well with flowers and it is always available for the kitchen, when needed.

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    1. Thank you Ann and thank you for your visit.

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  4. 2012, 2013, both years brought a lot of colour and bloom in your garden and isn't a surprise like that the greatest? I'm already wondering what 2014 will bring ;)

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    1. Yes, it will be interesting. I will make sure to pay particular attention to the few Zinnia flowers I have. I try to collect a good variety of seeds but mother nature likes to get involved and teach me a few lessons every year.

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    1. Hello Linda, I'm so happy that you stopped by. Thank you for your lovely compliment.

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  6. Gorgeous, magical, fairyland flower beds, Gina – I love them!!! I so wish I could grow such flowers but we just don't have enough sun on our shady property. What sunny places we have are strictly reserved for roses. :) Thank you so much for this lovely treat. G

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    1. Dear Georgianna, you are always so generous with your sweet comments. I would give anything to grow roses the way you can. And what about your Spring flower meadow garden I love so much.
      Have a wonderful weekend. ox, Gina

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  7. Some years less than others. All I can say Gina, is that how I wish i had a beautiful garden show like yours.. it looks lovely.. so much hard work has gone into it.. all those lovely different flowers. lovely photos.
    I am hopeless growing from seed. I really must give it a try this next spring.
    wishing you a wonderful weekend Gina.
    val x x

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    1. Dear Val, The secret to growing flowers from seed, at least in my climate, is to get them planted in early April. They need to be watered very often and for short periods of time. And then comes the weeding. But it's all worth it.

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  8. I like the thought that your flower beds are a surprise for you each year.

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    1. Dear Mark, When you garden you must expect many disappointments, many failures and then, now and then a glorious show of flowers. I'm still working on the glorious part.

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  9. Dear Gina,
    the great variety of flowers and colors in your garden is always such a pleasure to see.Your table is set
    beautifully and so very inviting.My flowers rarely come from seeds but I enjoy dividing plants when possible.
    Hugs,Sieglinde

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    1. Dear Sieglinde, I must take a page from your book and work with more perennial plants. Maybe a combination is a good idea. I will give that a try. ox, Gina

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  10. We were just outside collecting seeds from our flower beds--- what a coincidence!! Now we're hoping for a similar surprise next spring... Thank you, Gina!
    Warm regards,
    Erika

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