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Monday, January 28, 2013

Frost Flower Seeds Winners

You're all winners...That's right, I am going to make sure you all get a packet of the best ever rough and tumble wildflower. Les, Sue, Garden Girl/Linda, Lisa/Greenbow, Becky, Jan, Patsy, Alison, Connie/Near Little River, Missing HenriMitchell, Liza Downey, Becki, and Ann contact me.
Verbesina virginica's rough and tumble bloom with Pokeweed
 I promise  that you won't be disappointed and your resident  pollinators will thank you! If I take a few seeds from each packet there's enough for each of you to have Verbesina virginica in your garden...forever. Please send me your mailing address, my email address is in the Welcome to my Garden on the sidebar.
When Frost Flower/Frostweed/Winstem blooms~pollinators show up!

Verbesina virginica self sows in my garden, but, I've begun scattering seeds here and there for their architectural and pollinator appeal. Plant them as soon as you get them to insure the seeds get at least a 30 day stretch of cold, moist conditioning. If there's snow on the ground you can mix them with sand and toss the mixture onto the snow or winter sow them in a container so you can keep an eye on them, then transplant where their height will best appreciated.
Frost Flower from many seasons back!

Happy Planting

PS It's Monday and that means I get to remind you that it's never, ever, ever, ever, ever, a good idea to use pesticides in your garden, especially if you want pollinator visitors.

More about Frost Flowers
An Almost Perfect Winter Flower
I Never Tire Of Seeing Frost Flowers
Frost Flowers Blooming In The Garden
Bees Don't Care If A Flower Is Beautiful
It's Rough and Tumble Wildflower Time

Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.


  1. Oh thank you...I'm so excited! I hope I can get them to grow. I don't always have the best luck with seeds--but your instructions sound straightforward, so I'm looking forward to giving them a try! Again, thank you so much Gail:) I'll send you my address. Jan

  2. Sweet! Thank you so much! I am just about to start ramping up my winter sowing, so this will be perfect! I'm looking forward to having this flower in my garden.

  3. How exciting... Thank you so much. I can't wait to get them into the ground.

  4. Thank you so much! My address will soon follow.

  5. Congrats to the winners!! These are cool plants.

  6. Having dealt with the Japanese beetles via milky spore disease, I really don't have any really destructive pests in my garden. Except for rabbits.

  7. They showed a picture on our news of a frost flower, and since I had seen it on your blog, I could identify it right away. Congrats to those who won, and can grow them...this is exciting.


  8. If I were just a little further south...oh well, I will always enjoy them on your blog! That last picture looks like the head of an owl! ;-)

  9. Thank you Gail! And thank you for the fantastic, and easy planting instructions. I know just the spot for them.

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