Seed Swaps

September Update

09 Sep 2011
Rainy 22°C / 72°F

Everything is growing.

Oh, apart from the veg which I forgot about, to my shame. See last photo for veg patch mess. I might have one 1" parsnip at Christmas though. At least I’ll have loads of sloe gin ready then. Oh yes, it is September and therefore Christmas. ;P

Those nicotianas though. Extraordinary. The smell is faint in the day and overpowering in the evening, and the range of colours is great, though I do prefer the white ones, which is surprising for someone as garish and vulgar in taste as myself. Though since studying horticulture I’ve become less so. I really really really hope these tobacco flowers come to seed so I can save some. These are particularly hardy varieties, although I’m not sure I’ll share the Horniman’s zone 9 microclimate where I transplanted all of these from. I’m getting really good at transplanting now, thanks to the Horniman… although I was never bad. Everything I’ve taken home, even those things transplanted on the hottest days (miss those!) is fine.

Those bananas, also.

And milk thistles, helenium, aquilegia, castor oil plant, acanthus, salvias, artemisia, panicum, verbena, physalis, calla lillies, amaranthus, and many, many seeds and cuttings… as if working in such a wonderful public space wasn’t enough, the kilos of plants I’ve got from there… satisfied smile

And the Horniman decided to chuck out all of its healthy David Austin ‘Tea Clipper’ Roses. I’m taking home as many as I can every day, and giving most to mum as she loves roses. I’m not a fan, but this variety I like for its peachy colour, rich, citrussy scent and sentimental value.

And for educational purposes they used to grow hemp. What’s worse than carrying home garlic chives on a hot bus? Carrying home cannabis on a hot bus.




My – your garden is certainly flourishing. Hemp has a fascinating history, such a useful plant – until the wood pulp paper-making industry sought to remove it’s competition by a bit of name blackening and suddenly all hemp was seen as a source of cannabis.

Posted on 09 Sep 11 (almost 4 years ago)


Folia Helper

United Kingdom8b

That’s really interesting, seeingreen, I had no idea that the wood pulp paper industry played a part in how we view cannabis today. I forgot about paper, as we grew it to demonstrate its use as fibre or canvas, speaking of which, our word ‘canvas’ comes from the Latin for hemp, being ‘cannabis’. Hemp can also be used to make plastics, something very useful as supplies are running out! :)

Posted on 09 Sep 11 (almost 4 years ago)

Everything in your garden looks strong & healthy Tralamander. You should be proud.
You’ve really lucked out with finding a strain of nicotiana that truly has a good scent. Do you know its name?

Posted on 10 Sep 11 (almost 4 years ago)

I hear that hemp ropes are coming back into use, probably because they don’t cause the same problems of disposal as synthetic rope. The garden looks great.

Posted on 10 Sep 11 (almost 4 years ago)

Would you like to add a comment? Sign up for a free account, or log in if you're already a member.