I thought I’d give you an idea of the variety and beauty of the native plant seeds that we collect, clean, and sow. All of our seeds are collected in the wild. We monitor over 100 species of native plants throughout the year and document the time that they flower, set seed, and are ready for harvest. We collect the seeds by hand, and clean the sticks, leaves, fuzz, and papery coatings off the seeds by passing them through sieves, using a winnower, or using our vacuum seed separator. Once the seeds are cleaned, they go into mason jars for storage until planting time. The photo above is our seed storage room, showing about one-third of the seeds we have. The seed room is kept cool throughout the year.
Cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)
Lemonweed (Lithospermum luderale)
Mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii)
Wolf willow (Elaeagnus commutata)
Photo credits: Photos of seeds are by me. Cow parsnip plant photo: http://www.survivalschool.us/edible-medicinal-plant-uses/cow-parsnip-heracleum-maximum/. Indian hemp plant photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocynum_cannabinum. Lemonweed plant photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/montanaraven/525217826/. Mock orange plant photo: http://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/M/MockOrange/MockOrange.htm. Wolf willow plant photo: http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/education/ecomap/subboreal-interior/2wwillow.