I was out in the garden checking on what’s happening for #SixOnSaturday and was struck by all the seeding going on, among the vegetables, herbs, flowers and wild things.
- The noble teasel, which has had seed heads for weeks or possibly months but is looking rather good just now. These self seed all round the garden and I allow one or two to grow to full height each year. It’s all a bit random where they end up. This one is growing by the fence in the front garden.
2. Foxgloves, like the teasels, these decide where they want to grow. There’s dozens of seed heads just now, with millions of seeds so I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next. this one is growing along the same fence as the teasel.
3. Much tinier, but equally fabulous are these viola seeds. I bought some violas with a birthday garden token earlier in the year. The flowers have kept going all summer but I’m also looking forward to seeing what these turn into next.
4. Cornflowers. These have been lovely this year so I’m pleased there are so many seed heads with promise for next year.
5. Ornamental onions. I’ve never bothered with these before. What was the point in growing ornamental onions when you could grow edible ones? However, I bought a couple of gift boxes of these back in the early spring as they had been massively discounted by a local garden centre and I was mainly worried that they would be chucked out if I didn’t buy them. They’ve produced the most amazing flowers right through the summer and now they have incredible seed heads too.
6. Last, but not least, Lovage . I have a huge lovage plant in the front garden which takes over the herb bed. I don’t quite know what to do with it as the taste is really rather too strong for salad but it has these amazing seed heads too.
I’ve just discovered (why did I leave it so long?) that you can eat the seeds and they taste as good as they look – a bit like a cross between fennel and cumin so great for curries. I’ve harvested the lot to dry out a bit more and put in a jar to keep us going for the rest of the year.