"Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders." --Henry David Thoreau The Green Postbus

Sunday, April 5, 2015

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Rare, hard-to-find


Virginia Bluebells - Mertensia virginica
SEEDS   200/$20.00 postpaid  -  500/$40.00 postpaid - Call to order
(for ROOTS, see below) 
for sale - seeds available each spring - Virginia Bluebell seeds for sale

     You won't find these native plant seeds in catalogs or in your local garden shop! Why? Read on.
     I collect my seeds fresh from my plants here in Wisconsin each spring and make them available, while they last, to gardeners who want to grow these sky-blue beauties from seed.   And believe me, to have such lovely bits of azure-blue sky right there in your garden at a time of year when yellow is everywhere--well, it doesn't get any better than that!  Virginia Bluebells are early-blooming "spring ephemerals".  What this means is that they are only green above ground for about 8 weeks, starting right after the snow melts. After they bloom in spring, the tops die back and they disappear until next year.
SEED OF THIS SPECIES IS ONLY AVAILABLE ONCE A YEAR -- in spring, right after being shed by the plant.  The seeds must be planted as soon as  possible; it cannot be allowed to dry out.

WHY YOU WON'T FIND VIRGINIA BLUEBELL SEEDS FOR SALE IN THE SUPERMARKET OR GARDEN CENTER:  Seeds of the beautiful, native perennial Va. Bluebell need to be planted immediately after they are shed by the plant in the spring.  They don't survive being dried out and put into a package on a store shelf. They also need to go through a long period of cold treatment (winter) before they will sprout. So you plant them now in spring as soon as they are shed by the plant so they will stay moist in the soil, and then after winter is over, they will sprout in early spring the following year. 
     I collect my seeds in my woodland garden in SW Wisconsin and ship them to you immediately after they have been shed by the plant.  You'll plant the seeds upon receipt, but they will not actually sprout until the following spring after they have gone through their first winter in the ground.  They will reach flowering age/size in two to three years (To get a faster start, see below for info on buying 1- or 2-year-old roots from me.) .  Sure, Virginia Bluebells may take a few years to reach blooming age from seed, but the wonderful thing is that they are perennials, so they will come back each spring and bloom every year for you. And if conditions are right, they will reproduce for you, too!

Virginia Bluebells are "spring ephemerals", which means they are springtime plants that "die back" in the summer and seem to disappear.  The root stays alive but the greenery dies back.  Great for in between hostas in the shade garden, or at the edge of woods, or near a favorite tree!  Even though the green above-ground part of the plant dies back and disappears, the perennial root remains and will come up again year after year.  As you can see from reading the paragraphs above, they take a few years to get established from seed, but they are definitely worth it!  They look great when planted together with late-blooming daffodils (ask me about daffodils that I may have available, too).  They also usually bloom at the same time as redbud trees.
Detailed planting and propagation instructions will be provided when you buy seeds from me.


SEEDS To order seeds, please phone me around March-July of any given year, and you can pay with your credit card using PayPal, or you can send a check (payable to Janet Wissmann) - but please call first re availability. WI sales tax and postage are included. If you have ordered early in spring, I'll mail your seeds as soon as they are shed by the plant, which is usually around the end of May to mid-June. I'll keep a few extras here under moist conditions for those of you who order later in the spring or summer months. When I do mail your seeds, I'll include detailed instructions on how I get the best germination. You will want to be prepared to plant them as soon as you can. 
To order seeds, please phone anytime from March through July.    ph. 608-624-5511
_____________________________________200 seeds / $20.00 ppd
______________________________________________500 seeds / $40.00 ppd
If you would like to use your credit card, feel free to use this BuyNow 
button and I'll ship your seeds as soon as they are ready:

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DORMANT ROOTS Get a head start and buy my dormant Virginia Bluebell roots starting in July --and you will have flowers a year sooner than from seed! Normally it takes the perennial Va. Bluebell plants two to three years to reach flowering age when you start them from seeds.  But you can get a head start by buying dormant roots from me that are already a year or two old.   I raise my roots for at least one full season in pots, watering and fertilizing them so they grow at their optimum.  When they go dormant by the end of that first summer, the roots are about 3/4" long, and can be safely shipped to you in that dormant state. I will pack them in moist peat and mail them to you.   The plants will possibly bloom the next spring, or for sure they will bloom the following year, provided you have planted them in a place they like.  (Remember: gardening with native woodland wildflowers requires patience.   Bluebells usually take three years in the wild from seed before they will bloom.)  As you can see from the photos here, Virginia Bluebells are definitely worth the wait! TO ORDER ROOTS, PLEASE CALL ME:
Phone me as early as May or as late as November for roots -- first come first serve as there will be a limited qty. of roots each year.  I will ship them after the leaves have gone dormant, which is usually after June.  _ 10 roots / $40.00 plus $7.50 shipping   _ 20 roots / $75.00 plus $10 shipping

call to order:
Janet Wissmann
Soldiers Grove, WI
phone 608-624-5511
9am-9pm Central Time Zone
I'll accept checks and VISA/Mastercard thru Paypal.
(Checks are preferred if possible, since paypal takes a percentage.)



Newly-sprouted seedlings showing just the cotyledons. Note the color, esp. the purple hue in the petioles.
Second picture and third picture show seedling stages with one true flag-like leaf sticking up.

For most of these photos below, you can click to enlarge.


Celandine Poppy - seeds for sale - Call to order Celandine Poppy seeds between April and June each year.
____________________________________________________ CELANDINE POPPY SEEDS FOR SALE IN LATE SPRING - Stylophorum diphyllum - perennial - These bloom at the same time as Va. Bluebells; when paired together the display is stunning. And just like Va. Bluebells, these seeds cannot be allowed to dry out and need to be planted right away. As soon as the seeds are shed by the parent plants, I will pack them in moist potting soil and mail them to you. They are usually ready around late May or early June, so call me o place your order anytime before then.

Delicate and rare, clear yellow celandine poppies have uniquely-shaped glaucous (bluish) leaves.
The Celandine poppy is a native plant and is a great shade garden plant. It is a long-lived perennial which will re-seed and make more plants for you over time. Mature plants are 12-18 inches tall and 12-16" wide. They are lovely when planted under trees with the sky-blue Virginia Bluebell because they bloom at the same time.

Like the Virginia Bluebell, you won't find Celandine Poppy seeds for sale in garden centers or grocery stores, because the seeds of Celandine poppies must be kept moist and must be planted right away. So they will not survive if they are dried and placed in those seed packets you see for sale on racks in stores. And individual potted plants in garden centers will be $10 each or more --if you can find them. One reason you don't find them for sale very often is that they don't transplant well.

Like the Va. Bluebell, Celandine Poppy seeds won't germinate until the following spring, and will not flower that first year, but most woodland and native-plant gardeners are very aware that patience is a virtue! These are long-lived plants and will flower every year once they are mature.

The seeds I'm offering for sale are from my own plants which bloom around April where I live in SW Wisconsin... my seeds are usually ready in June. I will pack your seeds with moisture, and will mail your seeds to you as soon as they are shed by the plant. You will need to plant them ASAP so they don't get moldy.

Please phone me between March and June in any given year, and you can pay with PayPal or send a check. Once you pay, I will mail the seeds to you as soon as they are shed by the plant. You will receive 200+ seeds, plus growing instructions, for $20 ppd. ph. 608-624-5511 (CST)

Note that this offer is only good for a limited time in the spring when the seeds are ready; I do not store seeds here longterm. If circumstances change, I'll try to update here if I can, too.

DAFFODIL BULBS - I should have daffodil bulbs available each year, with shipments starting in July.  Please feel free to call from June thru October, to find out what is available that year. 


CARDINAL FLOWER SEEDS FOR SALE   -   Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal flowers are absolute knockouts in the garden or the landscape! The eye-popping red is unlike any other; the intensity is bound to catch not only your eye but also that of hummingbirds, who will set up a territory and fiercely defend their plants!

Cardinal flowers grow easily from seed if you have the right conditions. They enjoy moist soils, and will even tolerate very wet soils that temporarily flood. You will notice them self-sowing in wet and moist areas. If you have drier soils, don't dismay, because you can very easily start plants in flats or pots and then later transplant them into your garden where they will grow very nicely for years to come.

Cardinal flower seeds need to overwinter before they will sprout; seeds that are planted one year will sprout the following summer, and bloom the summer after that. Now you see why cardinal flowers are so rarely found in commercial greenhouses!

Plant the tiny seeds on damp, open ground in late spring or summer, or in pots. Do not cover seeds with soil; simply loosen the soil, then tamp down after sprinkling the seeds. You may want to clip weeds down to the ground that first year as the tiny plants are getting started. Another way to plant your seeds so that weeds won't be such a problem: spread a layer of newspaper and then a one- or two-inch layer of weed-free potting soil on top of your exisiting soil--and THEN sprinkle the seeds on that.
Keep area constantly moist. Seedlings are very tiny at first. If weeds are kept at bay, each cardinal flower seedling will become a 6-inch diameter rosette by late fall. Will bloom the next year and all years thereafter.

Biennial or perennial? Cardinal flowers are technically not perennials. The flowering stem and the roots associated with that stem die after setting seed. But the plant is in effect perennial as long as the lowermost leaves are allowed to grow new offsets from their axils. Click photos to enlarge.

To facilitate this process and to keep your cardinal flower blooming year after year, keep them free of debris and competition so they will establish those new roots before winter. The low rosettes remain fairly green throughout the winter, ready to sprout their new stems in the spring. They will bloom in July and August, depending where you live.
A group of blooming cardinal flowers looks brilliant when planted in front of a dark background such as evergreens. Cardinal flowers prefer light shade, part to full sun. Zone 3-9. Blooms in late summer and early fall, for 3-4 weeks. 2 to 4 feet. These seeds are tiny, but if you plant them with just a little care, they will deliver a tremendous red glow to your garden or yard for many, many years!

For Cardinal Flower seeds, please phone any time of the year, and you can pay with your credit card thru Paypal. Or you can send a check (payable to Janet Wissmann). WI sales tax and postage are included.
ph. 608-624-5511 Central Time Zone
___500 seeds (approx.) / $20.00 ppd Horticulture of Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis

Rare Fuzzy Pink Poppy Seeds For Sale

These beautiful, frilly pink annual poppies are easy to grow! Blooming in late June or July, Fuzzy Pink Poppies will reseed themselves each year for a lifetime of garden color. Their clear warm pink is always perfect, especially when paired with light blue delphiniums or a light yellow lily. Fuzzy Pink Poppies do well in all sorts of soils including gravelly soils. Part or full sun. You will receive approximately 100 seeds (probably more; I am generous). You may order these at any time of the year. These seeds are available for sale throughout the year. $5.00 ppd. Please call to order seeds.

Plant Fuzzy Pink Poppy seeds at any time of the year. They will sprout early the following spring. Poppy plants generally do not like to be moved, so sprinkle the seeds in the location you want them to grow and lightly scratch them into the soil.

For Fuzzy Pink Poppy seeds, please phone any time of the year, and you can pay with your credit card thru Paypal. Or you can send a check (payable to Janet Wissmann). WI sales tax and postage are included.
ph. 608-624-5511 Central Time Zone
____ 100 seeds / $5.00 ppd


Large-flowered Bellwort, aka Merrybells,

Uvularia grandiflora - The closeup of the flower shows how Large-flowered Bellwort has a gently drooping appearance, especially early in the season. Large-flowered bellwort is in the lily family. They bloom at the same time as Virginia Bluebells and so make a great companion plant, as their soft yellow and light green leaves nicely complement the sky blue of bluebells. Unlike bluebells, the plants will stay green and fairly bushy throughout the summer, and so they will fill in where the bluebells have died back. They are an excellent native shade plant for woodland gardens, shaded borders, and wildflower gardens. Their pollen and nectar are utitilized by native Mason Bees and Bumblebees. These plants take three to four years to reach mature flowering size from seed, but the wait is worth it!

Merrybells are good plants for the woodland garden because the foliage stays nice and green throughout the summer months.
  The leaves tend to begin as a lighter green, then eventually go darker as the summer progresses.

These photos at left show the perfoliate nature of the leaves quite well. You can also see the ripening seed pod . Click pictures to enlarge.

After you receive your seeds, plant them as soon as possible. They will sprout the following spring after having been in the ground during the winter. The baby plant will look like a miniature bellwort, only about 1 or two inches high with one to three leaves by the end of the first summer. They will achieve full size in three or four years, and each plant will eventually become as wide as a foot across, with many stems. Like many native woodland species, Bellwort takes a long time to reach a mature stage, but it is definitely worth the wait!

Uvularia seeds should be planted as soon as possible after they are shed by the plant; they cannot be allowed to dry out. I collect my seeds from my extensive woodland garden, and then immediately pack them in moist sterile sand and mail them to you. Seeds will need to overwinter outdoors in your garden or prepared nursery bed*** before they will sprout. Please call in April or early May to purchase seed; it is available only at certain times of the year.
50 Uvularia grandiflora Seeds $20 ppd

Please call to order. Please call as early in spring as you can, so I will be sure to collect seed for you when they are ready. You can pay with your credit card thru PayPal. Or you can send a check.

Uvularia canadensis seeds for sale. The common name is Large-flowered Bellwort, or Merrybells. 100 seeds $20.00 postpaid.Large-flowered Bellwort, Merrybells seeds for sale.
100 seeds $20.00 postpaid. www.thegreenpostbus.blogspot.com

Also available: Virginia Bluebell, Mertensia virginica, seeds for sale

Cornus alternifolia - Phone anytime before mid-July of each year to pre-order seeds. As soon as the seeds are ready, I will collect them and mail them to you immediately. This is usually in July.
100+ seeds/berries for $20 ppd. (I am usually generous in that I include more than I promise.)  
THE SHAPE OF PAGODA DOGWOODS IS EXCEPTIONAL!  Their branches grow in distinct layers, like a pagoda. Native to eastern North America, these are one of the few dogwoods that are hardy to zone 4. They are lovely small, fast-growing understory trees that like some part shade and moister soils. If planted in full sun, it is recommended that they be watered frequently in summer. For more information on these special, native dogwoods, Wikipedia article is good; they don't show a full pic of the tree but is accurate on most of what I have experienced with these dogwoods. Mine are wild type, white flowers. The berries from the mature trees are FANTASTIC food for birds in early summer (have counted 12 species of birds including woodpeckers, kingbirds, and vireos coming to the trees to eat the berries). And of course the architectural shape of the tree is beautiful. Generally need moist soil, partial to full shade. They are naturally an understory tree, up to around 15' tall, not very deep roots so could be next to a foundation if that location gets enough rain. The trees take about 8-10 years to reach a good size. In some locations they tend to be multi-stemmed, but you can sometimes coax just one trunk by cutting down the others. Like all dogwoods eventually the main stem will falter at about age 10-15, but the root system will send up other shoots to take the place of the failing one, so the tree itself is long-lived (I have 30-year old specimens, some on their third time around with a new main trunk.) These pictures are from Wikipedia.

Woodland Phlox Phlox divaricata
also known as Wild Blue Phlox

150 Woodland Phlox Seeds $20 postpaid --
Sales tax and postage are included in seed price.

Beautiful Woodland Phlox, or Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata, is a species that is found in the eastern and midwestern United States, living in meadows, at the edge of woods, along roadsides and in the interior of light woods. The scent of Woodland Phlox is beautiful. Over the course of a year or two Wild Blue Phlox forms pleasing mats of color which bloom in May and June. Woodland Phlox do extremely well in rocky scree gardens, on rocky slopes, in sandy soils, and in gravel driveways. They prefer light shade, as they are considered a woodland species, but they can tolerate a good amount of morning or late afternoon sun. This is a carefree perennial which will self-seed and, given time, provide you with May color in surprising places!

Here are two photos showing seedlings of wild blue phlox. Click pictures to enlarge.

The picture below shows a healthy clump of wild phlox, growing in the gravel at the edge of a driveway.
Wild blue phlox will form pleasing mosaics of color that meander within your other plantings. The grouping shown at left runs along a driveway at the edge of woods. After flowering and setting seeds, the plants are then clipped with a weedwhacker to a height of about 5" for the remainder of the summer. This helps keep other tall weeds down.

I started out with three plants, and you can see what it's like ten years on (picture at left). They are not invasive however, so don't be worried about that.

I collect seed from my extensive gardens, and offer it for sale during late spring each year. Please call or email to purchase seed; you can send a check or if the seeds are ready right away I recommend paying with your credit card thru PayPal so that I can mail your seeds immediately... time is of the essence with many spring wildflower seeds because they cannot be allowed to dry out. 
Janet Wissmann 
Soldiers Grove, Southwestern Wisconsin between Prairie duChien and LaCrosse
150 Woodland Phlox Seeds Available now, Mid-June 2014
$20 postpaid call to order, preferably in early spring because I won't be collecting
seed of these phlox unless someone orders it ahead of time.
  phone 608-624-5511 9am-9pm CST - check or credit card thru Paypal is accepted
Sales tax and postage are included in seed price.



If you like wildflowers you might be interested in these wolf prints, which feature my paintings of 8-wk old wolf cubs and various native wildflowers such as wild geranium, trillium, and mayapples:

Click on pictures to enlarge.  Image size of each print is 10x12". Signed and numbered by the artist Janet Wissmann; when you buy the set of four, all the prints will have matching numbers!
SET OF FOUR WOLF CUB / WILDFLOWER PRINTS - Set of 4: $100 plus $12 S/H 
Please phone to purchase this SET OF 4 wolf cub prints Janet Wissmann ph.608-624-5511. I accept checks and V/MC(via PayPal).


An excellent book for native eastern wildflowers is
Wildflowers: A Guide to Growing and Propagating Native Flowers of North America (The New England Wild Flower Society) by William Cullina.

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