I know that garden experts advise against too much 'tidying up' in the autumn garden but I am the worst sort of gardener, a compulsive one. I want things pruned and weeded before winter sets in so I spent most of today 'putting the garden to bed'. I raked leaves, weeded and collected seeds for next year's growing season.
These are seed pods from the Nigella flowers. We used to call them 'Love in the Mist'. I pinched a few seeds from a Nigella plant growing at Powderham Castle. My Granny used to say that stolen plants grow best. She was right, I had lots of lovely blue flowers from those few purloined seeds.
Now I have enough seeds for my garden and lots to share with friends and family. While emptying the seeds from the pods I noticed something. The large round pods didn't contain the most seeds. It was the smaller, less perfect pods that produced the most seed.
It seemed they had sacrificed their showy flowers to be more productive. I am sure there is a moral in there somewhere. That's the great thing about gardening. It's not just about growing a plant or digging out a weed. It goes much deeper than that.
So I've packaged my seeds and put away all the tools. There will be lots more to do before winter sets in. But it's nice to make a start and if you'd like some, I've got lots of Nigella seeds to share.