Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens
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Sowing the Seeds of Fall
 

Sowing the Seeds of Fall

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Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens added this to Be Your Own Wildflower Nursery
Sometimes it's easier to cut off the tops of plants, like this ironweed, and drop the whole mess into a bag. The seed heads are so small, you'd be out there forever otherwise. Why not save picking the seeds out for a cold winter afternoon in front of a fireplace? You can even turn it into a date with your partner or some sort of romantic game. Hey, you have to spice up seed stripping.
Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens added this to Great Design Plant: Ironweed Fills Tall Garden Orders
How to use it. Taller plants tend to be placed in the back of the border, but ironweed has such a slender frame, I think it'd do well in the middle or in a finger sticking out from a border. It's perfect for rain gardens but, like most adaptable natives, can take some short-term drought (it might grow a bit shorter if too dry). The iron-colored seed heads are ornamental in mid-fall.Planting notes. You can plant ironweed almost any time of year. Fall is the best time to plant anything, though, because the cooler temperatures are easier on you and the plants, and the warm soil lingers into late fall, allowing the roots to stretch out and create a fuller, stronger, ready-to-go plant in spring.More: 3 Ways Native Plants Make Gardening So Much Better
“When the seeds start falling off or blowing away, they’re ready.” — Benjamin VogtI’ve always been curious about how to collect seeds in the fall, but I always assumed it would be tricky and I’d never figure it out. I guess I was also too lazy to look up how. No more excuses; Vogt makes it really easy. Just give this ideabook a quick read — the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. Full story: Be Your Own Wildflower Nursery

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rdennis60 added this to Exterior Ideas
September 11, 2014
Sometimes it's easier to cut off the tops of plants, like this ironweed, and drop the whole mess into a bag. The seed heads are so small, you'd be out there forever otherwise. Why not save picking the seeds out for a cold winter afternoon in front of a fireplace? You can even turn it into a date with your partner or some sort of romantic game. Hey, you have to spice up seed stripping.
hobbshire added this to Landscape Ideas
September 10, 2014
Iron weed for winter interest
schmittjuliana added this to plants
January 14, 2014
ironweed
katpur24 added this to seeds
September 22, 2013
Sometimes it's easier to cut off the tops of plants, like this ironweed, and drop the whole mess into a bag. The seed heads are so small, you'd be out there forever otherwise. Why not save picking the seeds out for a cold winter afternoon in front of a fireplace? You can even turn it into a date with your partner or some sort of romantic game. Hey, you have to spice up seed stripping.
herzblatt added this to Wildflowers
August 26, 2013
free seeds
4868 added this to Wild Seed Gathering
August 25, 2013
Sometimes it's easier to cut off the tops of plants, like this ironweed, and drop the whole mess into a bag. The seed heads are so small, you'd be out there forever otherwise. Why not save picking the seeds out for a cold winter afternoon in front of a fireplace? You can even turn it into a date with your partner or some sort of romantic game. Hey, you have to spice up seed stripping.
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