Prairie Moon Nursery Native Seeds

One of the things I’m enjoying most about garden blogging is following other gardeners who are experiencing different weather than I am experiencing (i.e. Winter!). For example, I am really enjoying the early spring flower pictures being posted from the UK!

That’s my view of my pink Veronica and a single Trumpet Vine yesterday

So it’s obvious then, why I’m excited about ordering seeds and starting seeds indoors – ANYTHING that will bring spring sooner!

The other day, I posted about perennial and annual geraniums. I ordered some annual Geranium (Pelargonium) seeds, along with some Tomato, Pepper, Petunia and Nicotiana seeds. I planted them in some small seeds starting trays as well as anything that I could find to recycle. Today, I have some new sprouts. I do wish I’d labelled them! Maybe I’ll remember to do that next year!

Assorted seeds sprouting
Something is sprouting – I think peppers but i can’t remember which ones

Today it rained heavily all day, and washed away lots of the snow, and then this package arrived from Prairie Moon Nursery in Minnesota. I just ordered from them last week and the order arrived by mail today along with a new catalog.

Package from Prairie Moon Nursery
Seed Packages from Prairies Moon

While not a classic flower gardener’s supplier, Prairie Moon specializes in Native North American seeds and plants. Being across the border in Canada, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to order live plants, but seeds seem to travel well. Prairie Moon has seeds for wildflowers and grasses for gardens and meadows. I had ordered some Wild Geranium (Maculatum) – which will be suitable for full sun to shade, and Carolina Cranesbill (Carolinianum) suitable for full sun. These are a native geranium, and so will be less showy than my previous bright pink Cranesbill, but they are a start. Both seed packets are labelled with a stratification code – these 2 plant varieties will be rinsed, placed on paper towels or coffee filters – left in a damp but not wet stage, bagged (and labelled this time) and refrigerated – for the appropriate number of days (60 and 90) or until sprouting occurs! Wish me luck!

4 comments

  1. Do you like to order yours rather than purchase them? I’ve been having trouble getting my seeds to grow. I usually get the McKenzie seeds.

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    • Hi Angie – I definitely like to go to a big garden centre and shop for them to read all the packages, but they didn’t have Cranesbill and Annual Geraniums, so I ordered, and then sometimes there’s a special variety of vegetable that I see a description of online – while in the stores they may just have a few standard varieties. I’m not sure about these new wildflowers as they need to be damp chilled in the fridge to get them started – but I like a project!

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      • I get so over-whelmed looking at little packets in the store. I love to go to a plant nursery. I’m going to try to have a wider variety of flowers this year! My entire flower bed is full of lilies lol! Yellow, orange, purple, red. All from my grandmothers flower bed after she passed. I can’t wait for all this snow to melt! Thanks Lillie 🙂

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      • That’s the thing, so a pile of catalogs lets you sort through them – but then that’s overwhelming too! It’s wonderful to have your grandmother’s flowers!

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