Growing Perennials From Collected Seed and Early Fall Color

Ellen uses Queen Anne’s Lace flowers to make beverages and jelly.

The Plantrama partners in plants start by discussing how to eat the parts of plants we often toss out or put into the compost. Next, we talk about growing new plants from the seeds that you might see right now in your perennial garden. We end by answering a listener’s question about what might make a shrub or tree turn bright colors very early in autumn.

:36  What’s For Dinner:  Parts of plants we often ignore: Carrot stems, beet stems and queen Anne’s lace flowers.
11:12  Eat/Drink/Grow:  Growing perennials from the seeds you find in your garden
19:28  Love Letters and Questions:    Shelley writes:  What would cause a tree to turn colors and drop its leaves early in the fall?

Ellen’s recipes for Queen Anne’s Lace can be found here.

Beet stems shouldn’t be tossed in the compost! Consider chopping them for soups, stir-fry or pasta sauces, or even pickling them.

The seeds from Asclepias tubrerosa are very noticeable…but to plant them you’ll have to catch them before they float away.

What makes a plant turn brilliant fall colors ahead of the normal time? In the case of this Parrotia tree, it was a long summer drought.

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