Last Saturday (on the eve of spring equinox) I planted the first of our 2011 flower seeds outdoors. They are cold hardy varieties. Even though our central Illinois frost-free date isn’t until May 12th these flowers should be able to survive below freezing temperatures. Bachelor’s Button Black Boy and Love-In-A-Mist are the seeds I planted first. They were purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.
Baker Creek is a great little farm/company out of Mansfield, MO. They collect, grow and save rare heirloom seeds from all over the world. The seeds offered through Baker Creek are always open-pollenated, pure, natural and non-GMO. For more details about what that means go to the Baker Creek Website. Last year I drove down and attended the spring planting festival hosted at Baker Creek. It was a great trip. There was an old-fashioned costume contest, which I did not win, but dressed for, plenty of chickens, turkeys, sheep, plants, friendly folks and seeds, seeds, seeds.I would recommend it. It’s the first Sunday and Monday of May.