Seedy Sunday at Hove Town Hall last weekend was a great event. It is the biggest community seed swap in the UK, there were some fascinating stalls with unique seed related things for sale. Everyone was so friendly, it was very well attended with delicious home cooked vegetarian food and cakes available. Well worth battling through the snow to get there!
I met up with some old friends. Richard Mansfield-Clark had the stand to my right, I have known Richard for a while, he owns the Rustic Mushroom Company www.rusticmushrooms.co.uk (his website will be back up in a week or two) and we often bump into each other at shows. We both come from rural inland villages where the snow lay a good 5 inches deep, but Richard is fortunate enough to have a neighbour who owns a snow-plough!!
I made some great new friends including Josie Jeffery of Seed Freedom. I loved your book Josie, I read it cover to cover when I got home…after playing in the snow with the kids of course! I highly recommend it to anyone with a love for wild flowers in urban areas. It’s called ‘Seedbombs: Going Wild with Flowers’ a great book written with real ‘h’art’ (from the heart with art!). A slightly controversial approach… but I love it! Check out her website www.seedfreedom.net where you can also buy her beautifully designed and illustrated book for only £9-99!
I had my microscope in constant use as usual, showing adults and children the beauty of wild flower seeds under a microscope; I have lots of species for people to look at, common and rare. One of my favourites is Broad-leaved Helleborine seed but they are all gorgeous …I haven’t come across an ugly one yet!
Thanks to all my customers, so many interesting discussions and wild flower projects going on in back gardens, schools and fields. Keep me posted on your projects…I love seeing pictures of how my little seeds have made a drab area colourful; so keep sending in low jpeg photos of how your seeding projects evolve….including you Lisa with your herbs and Kayla with your garden in France.