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I know everyone says to cut out flower stalks, but I'm wondering whether it's worth saving the seeds?
Also, I am curious about Mrs Lei I managed to find it on the German (or was it Dutch) seed website and now they have another Mrs something with pink flowers. Lei, is a Chinese name and although it was a while ago I think the new pink is too. Do you know the origin of these?
Mrs Lei was from a Dutch website, originally from seeds bought by Jayb, who shared seeds with us. They have very attractive pale pink flowers and mangetout pods with up to 9 seeds. Also a heavy bearer. Both have very unusual flowers, real front garden stuff.
I was wondering about the Sugar Magnolia - are the pods always purple? I have a few green ones popping up. I'll exclude them from the seed collecting if that's not normal. They are growing a treat though! I have some Sugar Lord going too this year, also for seed collecting and from this seed circle - thanks so much! :D
Sugar Magnolia are one of the better purples (more colour stable). But as the photo shows green ones or part green ones happen. I am taking seeds from the darkest and did so last year for the seed circle. One of the 3 genes that make up the purple colour in peas has a high rate of mutation to a 'lesser' purple. More green than purple or splotchy. If you are seeing the sort of colour differences like in the attached photo Sparrow, then I am afraid it is part and parcel of Sugar Magnolia.Of course it is not beyond me to have had an accidental seed mix-up either, despite trying to be careful, but any wrong plants would not produce thick-walled snap peas. If you do have greenish snap peas, then the above 'bleaching' has happened. And saving seeds from the darkest pods is all any of us can do. Is anybody else growing Sugar Magnolia this year?
I am but they got dreid out and are just recovering. Have you seen the size of the pods on robinsons peas what whoopers! Were they from the swap? If not I might put them in next years. Happy happy with such interesting things thriving. The parsnips had brilliant germination and have really powered away. So much better than bought seed! X sunloving
Were they from the swap? If not I might put them in next years. X sunloving
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