Ten Unusual Seeds

Seeds are the miracle makers of the garden world. Big things come from such small, seemingly inert packages. A carrot seed is small enough to get caught under a fingernail and yet will produce a delectable carrot in a few months. And what about sunflowers or corn? So much promise!

There’s still time to get seeds started. If you live in a cold climate you can get a jump start by sowing seeds indoors. Gardeners who live in regions with long summers and warm falls be sure to buy extra now to start a second crop of blooms and vegetables midsummer.


Sunflower ‘Sonya’

Zinnia ‘Benary’s Scarlet Giant’

Gomphrena ‘Las Vegas Pink’

Cosmos ‘Cosmic Orange’

Polish Amaranth ‘Oeschburg’ (Amaranth cruentus)

Veggies & Herbs

Carrots ‘Purple Dragon’

Lettuce ‘Tom Thumb’

Tomato ‘Sun Gold’

Yard Long Beans

Pepper ‘Holy Mole’

30 Responses to Ten Unusual Seeds

  1. Elaine says:

    In the photo ‘Sunflower Sonya’ What is the green zinna looking flower? I love it and want it BAD!

    • Janice Mosher says:

      Those are zinnias that are sold under a variety of names such as Benary’s Giant Lime. They are amazing in bouquets with either assorted white flowers or the various bright hues of other zinnias.

  2. I had to laugh at the comment from Elise. I too have never had a tomato reach my kitchen. I just love the warm ones picked right off the vine. Sometimes they don’t even make it to the ripening stage.

    • Jim Allen says:

      “Tomatoes that never make it out of the garden” I am 75 years old as of yesterday (4/4) and the 6th of 8 children my Dad and Mom managed to rear through the depression years. When we were hungury we ate whatever we might find. In the summertime at about the age of 4 I discovered tomatoes as a snack. When Mom wasn’t looking I would slip our one and only salt shaker out of the kitchen and head for the garden. I then would eat my fill of plump vine ripe tomatoes or as we county boys called them………. “Maters”. Of course being a boy I would forget and leave the salt shaker in the garden for which I would get into trouble about. Sun warmed, bright red ripe tomatoes to this day is one of my favorite foods. A food that deserves to be eaten in the garden rather than from the table.

  3. Dawn says:

    I like them all how can I get them all?

  4. Dawn says:

    Those are really cool seeds how can I find them?

  5. Phyllis says:

    I got a hanging basket of Tumbling Tom cherry tomatoes at Brookgreen Gardens (Pawley’s Island, SC) annual plant sale last year. Three plants totally covered the basket and produced tomatoes well into fall. I found seeds in a catalog and tried to grow them but plants were spindly and never produced tomatoes.
    This may be one best left to the pros!

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  7. Lloyd Hanna says:

    Jim I can relate to your many trips to the garden with a “salt shaker”, it brings back forgotten memories. We have two of those red fruit plants started on the patio here in Wichita this spring, shorter trip to the tomatos with the shaker.

  8. chris harness says:

    This is my first year for having a Sungold tomato plant, and I have great expectations! Already have blooms …
    Also planted “strawberry” spinach … was not familiar with this veggie … has anyone heard of it and had luck with planting the seeds?
    Thanks and happy gardening!

  9. Cathy Harris says:

    Butterbean description con’t – flat, twice the size of a lima bean,yellowish tan color. Yummy- anyone know where to get this one? I’ve never had the speckled ones. I’m up north- Colorado
    Thanks, love the comments

  10. Cathy Harris says:

    My grandmother made a soup in the 50’s called beef, bean and barley. It was yummy and she used a butterbean, which i haven’t been able to find, in seed or other form. It was yellow’ish tan, no speckles, twice the size of a lima bean, flat and creamy tasting. Does anyone know where to find seeds for this?

    Thanks, love the posts

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