I had a fine time at Seedy Saturday, Ottawa, this past Saturday, talking native plant talk to many interested people and selling lots of seed packets.
Big sellers were fruiting shrubs, which I didn’t expect, and both species of milkweed that I offered — butterfly milkweed and swamp milkweed — which I did expect, given the amount of publicity monarch conservation has received this year. I never expect shrub and tree seeds to be big sellers. It just seems more likely that urban and suburban gardeners want only one or two individuals of these and they would prefer them already several years old. However, last year, someone was delighted to find hackberry tree seeds and bought all I had. This year, showy mountain ash and black chokeberry sold out before 11 am. Note to self: don’t underestimate gardeners’ desire to provide for birds.
Foxglove beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis) and great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) were also popular, partly, I’d guess, because I talked them up as easy and showy for gardens.
I received several complements on the new seed cards with colour photos.
Next year, I will aim to bring the native plants seeds to some other Seedy Saturdays in the region. There are Seedy Saturdays in Kingston, Cornwall, Perth and Pembroke to investigate.