Quick Tip – Garden Tips/Marking plants for Seed Harvest

The wildflower garden is full of beautiful bachelor buttons; there are many blues along with pink, lavender, and one or two white bachelor button flowers. I want to save the seeds of all of them but especially want to collect the white variety as there are fewer plants of this color.

As you can see in the photograph the plants are packed in, and after they bloom, it is hard to differentiate one from the other. A marker in the soil wouldn’t work, but something wrapped around the stem itself would be ideal. Aha, what about a self-adhesive address label? Most of us have these stored with our mailing supplies. I folded a label around the stem of the bachelor button, wrote the variety of plant on the end, and it is holding well. The marking might fade, but I am confident the label will stick. The glue is strong enough to withstand the mailing process, and I am sure even a little rain will not loosen the adhesive. Hopefully, I will be able to create my own wildflower mix with my favorites for next Spring.

19 thoughts on “Quick Tip – Garden Tips/Marking plants for Seed Harvest

      1. Wow ! Have you read the story of Alice Vonk from Pennsylvania ? It is so inspiring.
        The unpredictability of a wildflower garden would thrill me too. Its like last year’s leftovers turning into a thing of beauty this year.

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        1. Timelesslady

          I think I have heard of the white marigold…is she the lady who bred the flower??? I will have to look her up. I am saving my seeds from the favorites for next year.


            1. Timelesslady

              I didn’t know she planted a prayer, what a lovely thought. I have given the seeds away, and I have sold them too…I have also participated years ago in Seed Trading, and from there I have received some of my best coleus seeds years ago, and it’s been so long I don’t even remember who they were from at that time.

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    1. Timelesslady

      Thanks so much Lisa…they are an inspiration for art and other projects. I often press them and use them in cards, etc.


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