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click to see fullsized photo*NEW FOR 2014* ~PAINTED LADY/HAMMOND'S RUNNER BEAN MIX ~ These runner beans were grown for me by my farming friend Cliff who lives in the pacific northwest. Here is what Cliff has to say about these: "HAMMOND'S is a lower growing, scarlet flowered runner bean, grows up to four or five feet tall. The PAINTED LADY is taller, 6-8 feet. (For a more detailed description of Painted Lady Runner Bean please look further down on this page.) In this mix, you have scarlet flowers in the middle to bottom of the plant, and the orange white flowers from the middle to the top. Creates a stunning floral display."
A mix of 10 fresh sustainably grown bean seeds


*SORRY SOLD OUT FOR THE SEASON* SUNSET RUNNER BEAN - Species coccineus (Sorry there is no picture) This runner bean has lovely deep pink blossoms ,and the same growing habit as Painted Ladies. It is considered an ornamental climber in England because of its rapid growth and its many lovely flowers. It will climb counterclockwise, unlike most climbing beans. Very rare seed and so pretty with purple and black mottling. The pods are edible as well with a rich "beany" taste if picked small. It has huge long pods which get up over foot long and are filled with these very large seeds.
     These are so incredibly beautiful and extremely attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. I grow them all over my fences. This is a prime example of an ornamental edible. Runner beans were first introduced to England in 1633 by John Tradescant, gardener to Charles I. It has a Pole Bean running habit.
     The locals here in Amishland in the early 1800's used to serve runner beans "whittled" into long shreds called in dialect "Schipple," and made them into a pickled form like sauerkraut called "Schipplebuhne." *SORRY SOLD OUT FOR THE SEASON*

*NEW FOR 2014* DESIREE RUNNER BEAN MIX~ Species coccineus~ (Sorry there is no picture) Pure Desiree has pure white blossoms, and the original seeds are an all white seed. This mix contains both white seed and the dark seed which is a scarlet type with red flower. So these seeds probably contains genes of both varieties. That is why I am selling this as a mix. It is considered an ornamental climber in England because of its rapid growth and its many lovely flowers. It will climb counterclockwise, unlike most climbing beans. Very rare seed. The pods are edible as well with a rich "beany" taste if picked small. It has huge long pods which get up over foot long and are filled with these very large seeds.
     These are so incredibly beautiful and extremely attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. I grow them all over my fences. This is a prime example of an ornamental edible. Runner beans were first introduced to England in 1633 by John Tradescant, gardener to Charles I. It has a Pole Bean running habit.
     The locals here in Amishland in the early 1800's used to serve runner beans "whittled" into long shreds called in dialect "Schipple," and made them into a pickled form like sauerkraut called "Schipplebuhne." These runner beans were grown for me by my "beany" friend Cliff out west.
10 fresh sustainably grown bean seeds.


click to see fullsized photo *SORRY SOLD OUT FOR THE SEASON* CLIFF'S "PRETTY IN PINK" HOLLYHOCK~ (Biennial)-This is a gorgeous perfect pink single flowered old fashioned hollyhock. Be the first to grow this old time single hollyhock beauty where you live. Very hardy to heat and cold. Seeds collected and grown by my friend Cliff. Please remember, these hollyhocks make a plant the first year and then will bloom the second year.

click to see fullsized photo EIDEMILLER "WHITE TO PINK" HOLLYHOCK-Only USA Seed Source!~ (Biennial - 2 years from seed to flower) This hard to photograph heirloom single hollyhock starts out white and then turns a pretty pink color.This hollyhock has been in the Eidemiller family for 3 generations. they described it to me like this: "First day of flower, greenish white, second day, white, third day white with pink throat, fourth on very pink with white around the fringe." These seeds were collected and saved by the family, I haven't had a chance to grow this flower yet. 10 fresh sustainably grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photo"Lipstick" Hollyhock (Biennial)-Only USA Seed Source!~ This is a gorgeous deep red to purple flower, with a regular leaf. This heirloom Hollyhock has been maintained and saved by the Eidemiller family in Idaho for 3 generations. They have always called it "lipstick" , as its vibrant color is just like ladies lipstick colors. Be the first to grow this old time single hollyhock beauty where you live. Very hardy to heat and cold. 10 fresh sustainably grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photoclick to see fullsized photo **SORRY SOLD OUT -Look for this again in 2014**
AUNT HARRIET'S REDBUD TREE -
My best friend Chris P. has a pistol of an Aunt in her 90's. In her day she was an expert horsewoman who had raised and showed Palamino horses at her farms in Puerto Rico, North Carolina and New England. These seeds are from a seedling taken from her farm in Tryon, NC. The "seedling" now is over 10 feet high and is in its 6th year. In springtime there truly is nothing more beautiful than a mature redbud in bloom. My photo is of a young tree but in a few years it will be mesmerizingly lovely. **SOLD OUT**

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**SORRY SOLD OUT-Look for this again in 2014**GOLDEN SUNSHINE RUNNER BEAN~ Here is a great new to the USA ,runner bean grown for me by my "beany" friend, Cliff. here in his own words is what he had to say:
    "Scarlet flowers, unique because foliage is a light green-yellow-golden color, instead of the usual dark green runner bean leaves. Pole bean, 5-6 foot trellis, produces a dense heavy mat of golden yellow foliage, late spring to summer, does not begin to flower until late summer, early fall. Bred and developed in Europe, is a newer variety of runner bean, that to date has limited distribution in the USA." **SOLD OUT**


click to see fullsized photo HEPLER FARM/ MAHANTONGO VALLEY HEIRLOOM SWEET PEA - VERY RARE~EXCLUSIVE~ONLY USA SEED SOURCE -(lathyrus ) I got my original seed stock (maybe 15 or less seeds) of this very rare heirloom sweet pea flower from two of the brothers of the Christiansbrunn Cloister. It is located deep in the countryside near Pitman in the historic Mahantongo Valley of central Pennsylvania. The Christiansbrunn cloister is located on much of the old Hepler farmstead, that was virtually untouched by time since the early 1820's. The brothers live as much as possible an 18th century lifestyle, without electricity, central heating, running water, etc. They farmed until only a few years ago with oxen, but finally broke down and got an ancient tractor, as they no longer had the manpower to do all the farming completely by hand. The trained oxen team was sold at auction, and without the brothers' knowledge, nearly became hamburger. Happily they were saved at the last moment by a man knowledgeable about early farming. The matched team of oxen now demonstrate old time farming techniques, and plowing, at living history museums throughout the East coast.
click to see fullsized photo Now back to the loveliest old time sweetpeas I have ever seen or grown. The Hepler Sweetpea is very hardy and keeps green nearly all winter in my Zone 6A garden. It took me a few years to get them established enough to finally have seeds to sell. Once established they will happily self seed forever. They may date all the way back to the days of the farm's origins in the early 1820's, but I have no more history on them other than they have always been growing there as long as anyone can remember. Great sprays of pale cerise pink flowers bloom in late spring and then bloom again, for me, in the fall. They looked exceptional intertwined with my deep purple "Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory." Not hugely fragrant like some varieties, but sweet enough. I have found the best way to plant sweetpeas is just throw the seed on the ground near a fence or where you want them to climb, in the fall time. The winter will break down the hard seed coat and they will sprout and bloom nicely come spring.
10 of my own fresh organically seeds.

click to see fullsized photoMORNING GLORY MADNESS MIXED SEEDS ! - ~ I grew a number of morning glories this past year and one section of my fence was full of Morning Glories that had "escaped " from their other divided growing areas and they all grew together. The effect was marvelous but there was no way I could separate the different varieties in this particular spot along the fence, so I am selling them as a super mixture of several rare heirloom types, at a super low price. Here is your chance to get some real rarities for your garden.
click to see fullsized photoI can't guarantee that all the types will be in your particular seed pack, but it may include, among others, my own rare single heirloom types. I have in this mixture: "Grandpa Ott's Deep Purple Morning Glory", "Kniolas Deep Black Morning Glory", my own "Hot Pink with Red Star Morning Glory". Also there was a pale pink one as well as a white with a pink star, which I have never sold before. Please note*** there is also the remote possibility that you may even get the fabulous "sport" (a mistake of nature from crossing) that was a rich deep blue with a lovely purple star, which cropped up in a few places along that fence. You will LOVE this fabulous mixture! 25 of my own organically grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photoLARGE RUDBECKIA aka Black Eyed Susan- My friend Cliff has been growing a lot of very pretty, old fashioned flowers and this is one of them. Rudbeckia self seeds like crazy and is very easy to grow. So if you want lots of "bang for your buck" flower wise, this is the flower to grow. Pretty, and always so cheerful. The photo by Cliff says it all. One pack will be one whole sustainably grown dried flower, thats lots and lots of seeds!!

click to see fullsized photoSMALL RUDBECKIA aka Black Eyed Susan -My friend Cliff has been growing a lot of very pretty, old fashioned flowers and this is one of them. Rudbeckia self seeds like crazy and is very easy to grow. So if you want lots of "bang for your buck" flower wise, this is the flower to grow. Pretty, and always so cheerful. The photo by Cliff says it all. One pack will be one whole sustainably grown dried flower, thats lots and lots of seeds!!

click to see fullsized photo *BACK AGAIN* PAINTED LADY RUNNER BEAN - also called York or Lancaster Runner - Species coccineus - The name "Painted Lady" refers to Queen Elizabeth I, who wore rouge and makeup in her day. This is the only runner bean with unique bi-colored blossoms . It is considered an ornamental climber in England because of its rapid growth and its many lovely flowers. It will climb counterclockwise, unlike most climbing beans. Very rare seed. The lovely whitish pink and coral red bi-colored blossoms are so decorative. They are edible as well with a rich "beany" taste if picked small. It has huge long pods which get up over foot long and are filled with very large mottled buff and brown seeds. They have a unique little "hook" on the end of the pod that I haven't ever seen before in any other beans.
     These are so incredibly beautiful and extremely attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. I grow them all over my fences. This is a prime example of an ornamental edible. It was first introduced to England in 1633 by John Tradescant, gardener to Charles I. Described by Arrabida Flora of Rio Janeiro in 1827, and still very rare. It has a Pole Bean running habit. The locals here in Amishland in the early 1800's used to serve runner beans "whittled" into long shreds called in dialect "Schipple," and made them into a pickled form like sauerkraut called "Schipplebuhne". I have only a limited supply of these seeds. I had searched for years for this rare variety and now you can have it in your gardens too. 10 huge organically grown bean seeds.

click to see fullsized photo POPPY SEED MIX~ Breadseed or "PAPAVER species" poppies~ My dear friend Cliff had great success with his mixed colors poppy seeds growing so luxuriantly as evidenced in this photo. Just a wonderful mixture of just about all the colors that these come in: red, pink, orange, scarlet, Orange-red and white. Glorious and easy to grow. They are considered an annual and self seed easily. They are best sown in Fall time or early spring if starting from your first seeds. Read the turn of the century book AN ISLAND GARDEN, By CELIA THAXTER (WITH PICTURES AND ILLUMINATIONS BY CHILDE HASSAM) to truly fall in love with poppies.The famous impressionist painter was beguiled by her gardens on the sea and painted her poppies deliciously. Just a must for poppy lovers.Check out this link to see a digital version of a first edition of this 1994 book. These poppies were grown by my friend Cliff. He also took this beautiful photo. Since poppy seeds are teeny tiny , they are usually not counted but sold by volume. For a seed pack you will get a 1/2 teaspoon of the sustainably grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photo RED BREADSEED POPPY (papaver species)~ This is a traditional looking single petalled poppy and in the classic color red. Dark centers really bring out their bright color.They grow about 2-3 feet high and are so showy and cheerful. These are the ones to begin with. Glorious and easy to grow. They are considered an annual and self seed easily. They are best sown in Fall time or early spring if starting from your first seeds.
Read the turn of the century book AN ISLAND GARDEN. By CELIA THAXTER. (WITH PICTURES AND ILLUMINATIONS BY CHILDE HASSAM) to truly fall in love with poppies.The famous impressionist painter was beguiled by her gardens on the sea and painted her poppies deliciously .Just a must for poppy lovers. Check out this link to see a digital version of a first edition of this 1894 book. These poppies were grown by my friend Cliff. he also took this beautiful photo. Since poppy seeds are teeny tiny, they are usually not counted but sold by volume. For a seed pack you will get a 1/2 teaspoon of the sustainably grown seeds.
 


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