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  • Anethum
    • graveolens   CAG02805

      Anethum graveolens

      A culinary herb grown throughout Europe and much of Asia the fresh leaves, flowers and stems are typically used to flavour fish and vegetables, in soups and of course to flavour Dill pickles. The dried seeds can be used in a similar fashion, store well and so are available for use year round.

      A very hardy, winter growing annual in Perth and best scratched in directly where it is to grow in autumn or early winter when the weather has cooled down, irrigation is unnecessary. Colder regions may have to resort to spring sowing. The rosette of soft, feathery, glaucous leaves elongates on a stiff hollow stem over the course of the growing season to be topped in spring by branching, flat, umbrella-like heads of soft sulphur yellow flowers. Attractive and lends a little whimsy to any garden.
      The dried seed heads can remain attractive long after the seeds have fallen or been collected.

      Self sows freely in any bare soil that receives copious sunshine. If you can resist eating it all you too can have a self sustaining population.

  • Centaurea
    • cyanus Mixed   CAG02480

      (Cornflower, Bachelors button)

      The humble Cornflower, an annual so named for it's propensity for growing amongst field crops across Europe.

      Each cluster of darker hued tiny flowers is surrounded by a ruff of much larger and lighter coloured florets in pink, white, purple or traditional blue and is held on a long slender stem, ideal for picking, and is clad towards the base with silvery green, lance shaped leaves.

      Truly happy in exposed, sunny, well drained soil.

      The flowers make a colourful garnish or addition to salads.

      Scratch seeds into bare, sunny, well drained soil in autumn or early winter.

      Each pack contains surfeit of 50+ seeds.

  • Clarkia
    • amoena   CAG02855

      (Farewell to spring)

      A Californian annual renowned for its late flowering in dry conditions when all else is near it's end. The showy, two toned, rosy pink, poppy-like flowers are liberally produced on slender stems lightly clothed in mid green, lance shaped leaved.

      While it might appear like a delicate cottage plant it is nonetheless at home in mediterranean climates and poor soils where it will hopefully self sow for encore performances in following years.

      Scratch into bare sunny soil in autumn or early winter.

      Each pack contains 50+ seeds.

  • Cleome
    • hassleriana   CAG00179

      (Spider flower)

      A large and glorious, long blooming, summer growing annual from southern South America. Forming a stiffly branched open shrub, with large, hairy, palmate leaves and bearing all summer and autumn whorls of pink, purple or white, four petalled flowers with long extending stamens, spidery in effect.

      Sow just below the surface in any well drained sunny soil in late winter or early spring while temperatures are still fluctuating but the danger of frost has passed (oscillating temperatures are needed for germination). Alternatively they can be started off in small pots, from which they transplant very well when young.

      Will self sow in bare well drained soil.

      Each pack contains in excess of 50+ seeds.

  • Collinsia
    • heterophylla   CAG02464

      (Chinese houses)

      A Californian annual of remarkable and unusual beauty. Whorls of bi-tone, purple and white, lupin-like flowers are tiered on slender stems, narrowing towards the top, pagoda style. They are borne in great abundance on delicate plants with small triangular leaves.

      One of the few winter annuals that prefers a lightly shaded position, where they will flower longest, though they grow happily in full sun as well.

      Scratch into bare, well drained soil in autumn or early winter where they should self sow the following year.

      Excellent in a pot, especially when combined with other Californian annuals.

      Each pack contains, at the bare minimum, 50+ seeds.

  • Consolida
  • Coreopsis
    • tinctoria   CAG00686

      (Plains Coreopsis, Garden Coreopsis, Golden tickseed)
      Coreopsis tinctoria

      Every new visitor to the nursery during spring or early summer invariably asks the name of this brilliant annual from the North American prairies. Under my conditions it is remarkably fecund and I have a tendency to let it have it's way, mostly. Drifts of diminutive specimens can be found in the paving cracks and you have to wade through their larger siblings that have found more hospitable homes. An opportunistic seedling can usually be found in flower at any time of the year and most customers must go home with at least one or two hitch-hikers stowed away amongst their purchases.

      Even in their thousands there are nearly as many variations in colour and form of flower, from clear yellow, some with cinnamon brushing, to mahogany red and every combination in between, that is yellow with a red centre of varying size. Some plants have flowers with extra smaller petals in the centre so as to appear almost anemone centred, while others have rolled flute-like petals somewhat resembling seashells, which is a name often given this flower form.

      Whatever form the flowers take the foliage is always finely dissected, dark green, occasionally red tinted, glossy and almost fern-like, in a rosette which firsts mounds, then elongates with a sturdy stem, atop which is carried the much branched head of daisy-like flowers.

      Scratch seeds into any bare soil, sand or clay during autumn. They will persist from year to year so long as adequate moisture is available to complete flowering and seed set, a little additional water late in the season is usually required if relying on rainfall.

      Each packet should contain at least 50 seeds. And then some.

  • Cosmos
    • bipinnatus ‘Sensation’   CAG02454

      An outstanding summer annual from Mexico to South America, bearing large, saucer shaped, daisy flowers in shades of pink and white atop sturdy, feathery leaved, many branched stems, which pick beautifully.

      Classic cottage garden, the perfect cure for bedding plant fatigue. Big, blowzy and show stopping.

      Scratch seeds into bare sunny soil any time once it has warmed in spring. Early sowings will be the most robust but a late summer sowing will continue flowering well into autumn.

      Each pack contains a minimum of 50+ seeds.

  • Dimorphotheca
    • sinuata   CAG02862

      (African daisy)

      An easy to grow, very showy, winter annual from our geographically disparate climate cousin Namaqualand. Dark eyed, soft orange to apricot daisy flowers are copiously produced above leafy clumps of light silvery green, narrowly lobed leaves.

      Well adapted to poor sandy soil but happy in anything that is not too wet. In autumn or early winter scratch in or lightly cover seeds where they are to grow in as sunny position as possible and where they will hopefully reseed for coming years. Add an Ostrich or an Oryx or two for extra realism.

      Each pack contains 50+ seeds.

  • Eschscholzia
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