With the coming of a couple cold fronts and the start of Winter, my flower garden is looking slightly less vibrant and more wilted. There are still some blooms, and the “**bicolor roses seem to be flourishing, but we began gathering the seeds of our celosia this week. I always wondered how Farmers/Gardeners got seeds from the current season’s plants in preparation for the next year. Something that I have learned is that the flower plants will ‘go to seed’. During the majority of this past season I would deadhead the dried up/dying flowers from each plant. This would prevent the flowers from going to seed and help them continue to make blooms. Now that it is the end of the season, many of the flowers have gone to seed, and we can collect the seeds to plant next year. It seems really simple, but I love how sustainable that is. Also, it allows us to collect seeds from the plants that thrived this season and those that had really pretty blooms so that we can continue to grow plants that will be healthy and thrive and be pretty!
To collect the seeds from the celosia, I looked for blooms that had slightly dried up. You can even start to see on the blooms the dried up seeds that are black specks covering the base of the flower. Then you just have to rub the flower between your fingers over a bucket to collect the dried up seed. I then sorted the seeds out from the dried petals and we put them into jars to store. I made sure to collect seeds from plants with various colors and shapes – pink, magenta, yellow, coral, and fire plumes, so that next year we will hopefully get plants of all colors and shapes.