Let The Birds Tell You When
It can be hard to know when flower seeds are ready for saving. Often the flowers look dry and tired but the seeds are actually still quite plump and moist. To keep seeds healthy for future planting, you definitely want them dry.
I take my cue from the birds.
When flower seeds are dry and toasty, the birds cannot resist them.
A few weeks ago I noticed the little birds hanging around the columbines. I clipped off some flower heads, and sure enough, the seeds were perfectly dry. Next came the delphiniums. Same thing. The birds know what they’re doing.
In the photo above the Goldfinches are dining on the coneflowers. Time to keep some seeds. I hold an open container under the flower head while I cut it off the stem. If they’re really dry, a lot of seeds will fall out during the cutting so have that container ready. Keep the container in a cool dry place for a few weeks to let the seeds dry out further.
Thanks, birds! Let me know what’s next.